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How to Build Your Support Team

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There’s the idea that musicians– and creative people– are solitary creatures. We practice alone, perform alone, win alone.

But really, the best thing musicians can do for themselves is build a strong team of support.

You are the average of the five people around you. I suspect that if my friends in high school were more interested in music competition, then I would’ve studied less and practiced piano more.

Nonetheless, I’ve gotten a lot of help from my support team, which has grown into a network of mentors and friends who range from music teachers to CEOs– I couldn’t make it alone!

Recently, I went rafting and it was one of the most thrilling things I’ve done in a long time, but I also realized that it’s a great way to learn how to build a support team.

Here are a few lessons that musicians can learn from rafting, specifically about building a strong support team.
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Giveaway & Review: Music Studio App – Moosic Studio

Music Studio Management App Giveaway via Artiden

If you teach music, stick around because this one’s just for you!

I’m excited to tell you about a giveaway and review that’s happening right here!

I’m talking about Moosic Studio— it’s an app that helps you manage your music studio.

When Carlos, the creator, asked me to try the app– that replaces all my studio papers— I was intrigued… and I gave it the nod for trying it out because it looked high-quality (not to mention, fancy).

Here’s the story behind the app, as Carlos tells it…

I started creating Moosic Studio because my wife, Margaret, needed it– a solution that manages her business and keeps track of her students and lessons.

I found a couple of solutions out there, but most were clunky and confusing to use, and cost a few hundred dollars.

Since I have a background in mobile games and applications, I started to sketch out what we wanted in an app.

Working from the house, I was able to listen in on Margaret’s music lessons, and bounce ideas off her.

The hard part was funding the app. It took most of the year to save enough for development. It was done by a local developer in here Raleigh, NC; he really streamlined my designs into what you see today.

Let’s see if the app lives up to it, shall we?

If you want some free studio management, don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own!

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Awesome Giveaway + Review: SightReadingMastery

SightReadingMastery Giveaway and ReviewWho doesn’t love sight reading?

Let’s back up:

Who hasn’t struggled with sight reading– teaching or learning?

It’s one of the hardest skills…

But it’s also one of the most important.

That’s where SightReadingMastery comes in.

Today we have an awesome giveaway with SightReadingMastery, a site that wants to help you teach and learn sightreading.

Does it really do the job?

I was pleasantly surprised when Evan, a reader and music teacher from Texas, emailed me about SRM.

He says SRM was created because he wanted to make learning and teaching sightreading easier, and because it’s such an important skill that we struggle with.

Read on to find out if SRM really makes it easier for people to learn and teach sight reading… and enter the giveaway to win a LIFETIME account. (Worth $348/year)

This review is a completely honest account of SightReadingMastery.

Enter the Giveaway for LIFETIME Sight Reading

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Red Leaf Piano Book Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Edit: Here’s one email I got…

Giveaway Winner: Leo Baran

I received Seascape a couple of weeks ago and I love it! The four pieces are difficult enough to challenge me quite a bit and are really, really pretty. They also all use the same kind of playing style (big arpeggios in the left hand and a complex melody in the right hand) that I love. I have sight read the four pieces a couple of times now and I’ll hopefully memorize one soon (I like The Mermaid the best :D). Also, I have attached a picture of myself and Seascape! Thanks again.

-Leo Baran

Without further ado, here are the giveaway winners! Congratulations to these five lucky readers!

Redleaf Giveaway Winners

You’ll be receiving an email with further instructions to claim your prize.

Five separate draws were held for each of the composers using a random number generator.

Didn’t win a piano book? No problem.

These composers will give you any one of their piano books for free when you buy two piano books from them*:

Alternatively, you can order from Red Leaf Piano Works.

All you have to do is enter the title of your free book in the Buyer’s Instructions when you check out. (Read quick reviews of piano books from Red Leaf.)

Offer open to all Artiden readers until June 30th 2012.

*Note: Number of free books equals half the number of books you purchase (as long as you purchase more than one book).

Giveaway: Piano Books from Award-Winning Composers! Enter Now!

Piano Book Giveaway

Win 1 of 8 piano books from award-winning composers!

Red Leaf Piano Works and Artiden are teaming up to give away piano books to lucky Artiden readers!

Red Leaf showcases works from award-winning composers and piano teachers– don’t miss out!

How to Enter

Just leave a comment telling us which book you want to win! (Choose from the eight below.)

If you have more than one entry, please include the number of entries you have and how you got them, e.g. “I also tweeted this giveaway (@artiden).”

Enter up to 4 times!

  • Get 1 Extra Entry – Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, with the hashtag #redleafgiveaway and a link to this post. Important: We can’t track your entry without the hashtag.
  • Get 2 Extra Entries – ‘Like’ Artiden and Red Leaf Pianoworks on Facebook.

Winners will be drawn randomly on June 19th, 12:00pm PST.

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and US. Winners will be announced on Artiden and contacted via email.


Red Leaf sent me the eight books below, and I’m super excited to be sharing them with you! (I’m definitely impressed with all the Red Leaf composers– there is a wide range of style and music.) These are great prizes… and who doesn’t like freebies?

All you have to do is leave a comment telling us which book you want to win, and you might win it!

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