Summertime and The Livin’s Dedicated

01/12/17

How to Maximize Your Summer Break

There are a few theories on how long it takes to become an expert in your field. One famous theory purported by Anders Ericsson suggests it takes 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to become truly great at something.

But how long is 10,000 hours really?

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Musical Theatre Alliance: Professional training with the nation’s largest dinner theatre

Finding your college fit isn’t always easy. You might be concerned with class size, campus setting, performance opportunities, and, of course, cost. However, one criterion you may have overlooked is professional experience. If you’re interested in what opportunities are available for theatre students, look no further.  The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) have created a spectacular opportunity for theatre students through a musical theatre alliance.

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Music and Medicine: Your body is your instrument

Music and medicine go hand-in-hand. Music therapy interventions are known for their psychological and physiological effects. Yet, the well-being of musicians is vastly under-explored.

If you’re a musician, then you know that the countless hours of practice can take a toll on your body.  A 2012 survey of Australian orchestral musicians found that 84% had experienced pain or injuries that hindered their playing. And professionals are not the only musicians at risk. In a high school marching band, 95 percent of students surveyed reported stiff or sore muscles.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are more professional musicians than athletes in the United States. However, media reports of athletic injuries outnumber the accounts of musician injuries. One fact is for sure. Musicians are known for playing through the pain. What is a musician to do? Where do you get support? What are the treatments?

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Helpful New Year’s Resolutions for Artists (That You Can Actually Keep)

12/23/16

Have you made your resolutions yet?  

We know how it goes…this year, you’re sticking with them!

Did you know it takes at least 66 consistent days to form a habit?  That’s just over two months.  Start off 2017 with some attainable goals you can actually stick to, one day at a time.  Here are a few goals we’ve seen work wonders for artists of all ages.

1. Make Lists Every Day of What You Need to Accomplish

Life can get overwhelming when you’re a busy student, and tasks like homework, household chores, and personal care can fall by the wayside if we are not proactive. If you feel this way, you’re not alone. Making a list every day highlights what we absolutely need to finish, whether that be making your bed, practicing your scales, or finalizing a History report.

The most important part of writing your daily lists?  Start each one by listing a task you’ve already completed, and crossing it off.  Even if it’s as simple as “brushing your teeth.” Seeing an item or two  before you even begin the day is a motivating trick to keep crossing off tasks throughout the day until you’re complete. Read more

Setting the Stage in Theatre Production

Theatre Production at Point Park

The lights dim, the curtain rises and the orchestra starts to play at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse. Two hours later, the audience responds with a standing ovation — another production that seemed to run flawlessly. Every aspect from costumes, to lights, to moving the set – How do they do it? The audience can’t see it, but backstage there are talented artists working in Theatre Production who bring the stage to life.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Actor in Your Life

Not sure what to get the theatre-loving, Hamilton-listening, dramatic family member or friend in your life this holiday season?  Look no further than this go-to gift guide. We’ve put together a list of gifts that is sure to excite any thespian.

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What can you do with a performing arts degree?

Performing Arts Degree
12/09/16

Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of viable career options for someone who has obtained a performing arts degree. And it should go without saying that no career path can guarantee employment right out of school. Truth is, graduates from arts programs are armed with many skills employers look for in candidates. However, you may not be aware of the scope of options that are available to you. Here’s how you can make your degree work for you.

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It Just Takes One Yes

In a dream world, you pass every single pre-screen and receive a yes from every school on your list. In reality, chances are you won’t pass every pre-screen and you most likely will receive a handful of no’s from dream schools. While these rejections can sting – sometimes more for the parents than the students – I encourage you to find each silver lining. After all, you can only attend ONE school at the end of this process.

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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a time where we often take a second to stop and reflect on what we are thankful for. It’s important to appreciate and give thanks to the things that make your life meaningful and fulfilling.

This year, however, I want you to think about not only what you are thankful for but who you are thankful for. I guarantee there are a few people in your life that you are pretty sure you couldn’t (or wouldn’t want to) live without.

Here are a few people you might want to shoot a kind text to or hug extra hard this holiday season:

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Eganam Segbefia: The New Yorker’s Trumpeter

If you search for trumpeter Eganam Segbefia online you might be amazed by what you find. At the top of the search results is an article written by Barneys New York, a segment about Eganam on radio station WQXR, and a listing on IMDB as an On-Screen Musician in the film Enchanted. These search results do not come close to describing Eganam’s experiences or his passion for music, people, and life.

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