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Letting Fear Get in the Way

July 7th, 2015 by Katherine Moller

I took an online course back in 2012 all about the business of music.  One of the many things that my teacher taught me is that sometimes you have to take a leap.  I am sure she had a much more eloquent quote for this, but basically, you can’t change the direction on a ship […]

Tips & Tricks: Summertime – What Now?

June 22nd, 2015 by Katherine Moller

I wrapped up all of my private teaching last week for the school year, so now both my students and I have a well-deserved break. I am a great believer in taking a break from the routine and feel that we all need a change every now and then. Sometimes a break can be a […]

Bittersweet Performances

June 8th, 2015 by Katherine Moller

As part of my studio, I run a group called the Fredericton Fiddle Orchestra. At the moment this is a group of 8 women who play fiddle and piano. We like to play a mix of Old Time, Celtic, and Oldies. We have performed at various venues over the years, but the one that we […]

Any of you who are regular readers will know that I am a huge advocate of practicing music slowly. My students hate hearing me say “Let’s work on this passage slowly with a metronome.” Two of my favourite learning tools together! A couple of my students have been performing solos in the local music festival […]

A lot of times I notice that my students like to start a piece over from the beginning again when they make a mistake. This is not the most effective way to practice, and will lead you to playing the beginning of the piece very well, but not having mastered the rest of it. If […]

I offer both group and private lessons through my teaching studio. Which is better? Well, as with so many questions, it all depends on what you want from your lessons. Group Lessons – Pros Social aspect – It can be nice to learn in an environment where you get to interact with other people instead […]

I recently heard a 5 year old student of mine talking to her mom as she walked away from lesson one day. Her lesson that day had not gone as well as usual, possibly because she was tired and possibly because she had not managed to practice as much as usual during the week. “I […]

I happen to love Christmas. There are a lot of commercial aspects that I don’t like, but I love the decorations, I love the fact of getting to see my family, and I love the music. Yes, I love the music. I know that I have heard, and taught, Silent Night many times over, but […]

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''Celtic fiddle with a classical twist:
the heart and soul of a fiddler, the artistry and finesse of a classical violinist.''