Category Archives: Practice

New Classical Singer Magazine Blog Post!!

I’m super excited that Classical Singer Magazine asked me to write another guest blog post!  Here, you can get into the specific building blogs I use to teach singers how to play piano.  (Yes, I cover all of this in my wildly popular online courses Piano Skills for Singers!)

In my last article, I discussed my extensive experience teaching singers to play piano and how traditional methods have not proved effective at preparing them for professional work. I have created my own method teaching functional piano to singers, which firsts asks the question “What Piano Skills Do Singers Need?”   continue reading…

Motivation Monday – 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think

#MotivationMonday.   One of my favorite books of all time, that I reread over and over again is an amazing book by @LauraVanderkam called “168 Hours – You Have More Time Than You Think.”  Laura is a time management expert and she has done extensive research on how people use their time.  This book has been life altering for me.  Check out the short video to find out how! 

Which Online Course is Right for Me?

Have you been wanting to improve your piano skills?  Have you been curious about the online offerings at Piano and Voice with Brenda?  This short video talks you through all of the course options and shares which course might be the best fit for you!  Whether you are looking to learn jazz, improvisation or you are a singer who wants to build your keyboard skills, there is a perfect course for YOU!  Check out this video to find out!

Motivation Monday – What’s the Best Way to Practice?

#motivationmonday Everyone always wants to know “What’s the best way to practice?”  In this video I share my format for successful practicing tips, which I learned from a masterclass years ago with Canadian jazz piano legend Oliver Jones.

Sight Read Better…FAST!

Sight reading is a thorn in everyone’s side and something that nearly every student I have come across has needed more help with.  In this video I tackle the #1 problem that keeps people from being able to sight read effectively.  Hint:  it’s all about intervals.

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Pandemic Practice Tips: A guest blog post

My friend and fellow singer/voice guru Valerie Day invited me to contribute to a recent blog post she published all about practicing in the midst of a pandemic (topical, eh?).  I chimed in with a few tips that have really helped my students make more progress during this weird time.

BRENDA EARLE STOKES, creator of Piano Skills for Singers
1. Treat daily music practice as self-care. Spending time every day singing and making music is a great way to invite structure and creativity into every day and will help to feed your mind, body and soul. Make your practice space comfortable and cozy. Make sure that it has nice lighting, get a decent chair or stool, and fill your space with candles and inspirational quotes. While you’re at it, make sure you give yourself some private and distraction free time. Continue reading here..

3 Steps to Perfect Piano Posture…with a MIC!

A follow up to my last video “Three Steps to Perfect Piano Posture”, this one shows you how to have perfect posture while you are singing into a microphone.  Your back thanks you in advance!

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