Archive for July, 2012

Mario Guarneri – Artist Interview

Mario Guarneri

Mario Guarneri

By Brendan Lai-Tong

We recently had the opportunity to interview Mario Guarneri, an active performer and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mario has had an impressive variety of musical experiences throughout his career as a trumpet player and as a result he is familiar with many different circles of the music community.

Mario’s career has encompassed everything from playing with Louis Armstrong at the age of 13 to fifteen seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has recorded solo albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, played principal trumpet with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra for ten seasons, and appeared on over 300 T.V. and motion picture soundtracks, most notably as soloist on Godfather III. In addition, he has performed with a diverse list of creative musicians including Earl “Fatha” Hines, Frank Zappa, Sarah Vaughn, Cleo Lane, and Roger Kellaway.

Since his return to the Bay Area, where he was born and raised, he Continue reading ‘Mario Guarneri – Artist Interview’

Resources For Music Teachers

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Life as a music teacher can be an exceptionally fun and rewarding experience. The ability to share the knowledge of music with clarity and a twist of fun is a great gift. Unfortunately, music teachers seldom receive credit for helping students build upon and utilize their interpersonal, time-management and teamwork skills through the act of music making. Students learn these lessons and many more that can be transferred to all aspects of life by being involved in music.

I’m sure you all know that being a well informed and Continue reading ‘Resources For Music Teachers’

A day in the life of a Sheet Music Plus Customer Service Representative

By Nancy Sayo

Customers sometimes call us with their heart in their hands if their sheet music has not arrived and their musical event is rapidly approaching. A particular customer we’ll call Claire was preparing a choir for her mother’s funeral; an event that was being meticulously detailed to celebrate the life of an extraordinarily musical woman.

This particular title “Circle” by Barbara Streisand shipped out on Continue reading ‘A day in the life of a Sheet Music Plus Customer Service Representative’

How to Practice Efficiently

By Carolyn Walter

As with any artistic discipline, regular practice is essential to any musician’s mastery of their craft and growth as an artist.  While some may feel that practicing for hours and hours on end is the only route to improvement, the adage “quality over quantity” ought to be kept firmly in mind.  The following
list of strategies contains tips which can help musicians of any instrument, style and skill level practice “smarter” without necessarily practicing harder.

1. Organize your time.

Begin your practice session with a clear outline in mind of what needs to be accomplished.  Many choose to divide a practice session into sections, e.g. setting out to practice for one hour total and using Continue reading ‘How to Practice Efficiently’



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