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Summer NAMM Show Presentation

ThorntonClineGuest Post: Thornton Cline, author of Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type? and the soon-to be released 60 minute DVD video, Practice Personalities published by Centerstream Publishing distributed by Hal Leonard Publications.


Music Industry Day presentation of Practice Personalities: Effective and Efficient Ways To Practice According To Your Personality at the Summer NAMM Show on Saturday, July 13 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. to be held in the NAMM Idea Center (booth #1254) in the new Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Are you getting the most out of your practice time as a musician? Did you know that your personality can affect the way you practice? In this session, nine practice personalities will be revealed, based on observations and interviews with over 1,000 music students and 25 years of teaching experience. Join Thornton Cline and a panel of distinguished music educators and students for an interactive and fascinating session.

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Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type?

Teaching is one of the greatest responsibilities in society. It’s an art form that requires craft, patience, creativity, and intelligence. Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type? will help teachers, parents and students realize the challenges of practicing, understand the benefits of correct practicing, identify and understand nine practice personality types, and employ useful strategies to effectively motivate and inspire each type of student. The accompanying CD demonstrates effective practice strategies for selected piano, violin and guitar excerpts from the book.

Check out the Centerstream Catalog here.

This DVD is based on an intriguing premise that each student has a particular “practice personality” and is motivated to practice in different ways depending on their individual disposition.  It’s format may appeal to independent teachers who are looking for an informal, straightforward book with simple tips and practical strategies…   American Music Teacher

 It is not very often that you find a book such as this, that helps an upcoming musician refine their practice techniques.  As a musician and teacher I have been searching for something that helps students and myself get the most out of practice time.  The answer to our prayers is here in Thornton Cline’s Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type?   Dr. Cline has gone through and identified nine different personality types, and helped students and teachers figure out which personality type they have, and how to apply it to their practice.  Since reading this book, I have had a better understanding of how to help my students get the most out of practicing, and help them grow as better and stronger musicians!  This is simply a must have for any musician!   Emily Mabe-Strings Teacher-Sam Ash Music, Raleigh, N. C.

Jokes for Film Composers

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Guest Post: Jonathan Feist is the author of Project Management for Musicians, published by Berklee Press, distributed by Hal Leonard.

Here’s a joke about a film composer that I like to tell to my project management students—among other reasons, because there just aren’t enough jokes about film composers, out there! It nearly made it into my book, Project Management for Musicians, but I had to cut it out, due to space constraints.

So, this film composer goes to his doctor, and says, “Doc, I’m supposed to be finishing up a film score, but I just can’t concentrate. I wonder if there’s something wrong with me. Maybe I have Lyme Disease?”

The doctor looks at him and says, “Lyme Disease! Did you see a bullseye rash? Do you have any joint pain?”

The composer says, “Well, I’m a little sore, but I think that’s just from skiing last weekend. We went to Aspen for a few days. I was hoping the mountain air would clear my head. But no dice, I still can’t write.”

The doctor asks, “What about your reflexes? Do you notice any change in your hand-eye coordination?”

The composer says, “Hmm, nah, in fact, I just got my highest score ever playing Guitar Hero with my daughter. We play every day for a couple hours when she gets home from school. My reflexes are in tip-top shape.”

The doctor thinks for a minute, then asks, “Tell me, how many drinks do you have in a week?’

The composer shrugs and says, “Not too many, really. Maybe a beer at lunch. A couple glasses of wine at dinner. But not to excess, I’m not a real big drinker.”

The doctor nods, frowns, and says, “Hmm, I think I know what’s wrong with you. “

“You do?”

Yes,” he says. “I’m afraid, there’s something wrong with your butt.”

“With my butt?!” cries the composer, shocked.

“Yes,” says the doctor. “It’s too far from your chair!”

Do you also suffer from CBPS— Chair/Butt Proximity Syndrome? It’s a common affliction, in music as with any profession. Studying project management can help!

Project Management for Musicians

Get organized, and take charge of your music projects! This book will help you harness your creativity into clear visions and effective work plans. Whether you are producing a recording, going on tour, developing a studio, launching a business, running a marketing campaign, creating a music curriculum, or any other project in the music industry, these road-tested strategies will help you to succeed. Music projects come in all sizes, budgets, and levels of complexity, but for any project, setting up a process for planning, executing, and monitoring your work is crucial in achieving your goals. This book will help you clarify your vision and understand the work required to complete it on time, within budget, and to your highest possible quality standard. It is a comprehensive approach, with hundreds of music industry-specific tools for keeping your work on track, mitigating risk, and reducing stress, so that you can complete your project successfully. You will learn to: develop work strategies; delegate tasks; build and manage teams; organize your project office; develop production schedules; understand and organize contracts; analyze risk; and much more.