SPCM Faculty Profile—Patty McPherson, piano - Patty McPherson is a longtime piano instructor at the SPCM. We asked her a few questions so you can get to know her. Keep your eye out each month for more profiles of our wonderful faculty! 1. How long have you taught at the SPCM? What do you like about it? I am not really […]
Benefits of Chamber Music - Why do so many young people make a start on a musical instruments and then give up? Perhaps because so many skills are required at one time, many of them quite unconnected with any previous experience. There’s not just the tiring business of holding the instrument but also trying to read notes on a stave and […]
When to Begin Singing Lessons -   When parents consider music lessons for their child, many times they gravitate to voice lessons because their child loves singing. But what is the best age to start singing lessons? Many parents ask for voice lessons for students as young as 3 or 4 years old, but formal vocal training is not usually successful […]
What is Early Music? - Early music is music composed prior to the Classical era. The term generally comprises Medieval music (500–1400) and Renaissance music (1400–1600), but can also include Baroque music (1600–1760). Instruments featured in Renaissance and Baroque music include recorder, viola da gamba, violin, cello, and harpsichord.     Recorder The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument in the group […]
4 reasons to study music - 1. Music makes people happy The most important reason why a person should study music is that it makes them happy.  If you’ve ever seen the joy on a child’s face as they realize that they’ve mastered a melody on their instrument, you know how powerful music can be in raising the spirits of a […]
What You Need to Know about Guitar Lessons - If you are interested in picking up an instrument like the guitar, now is the perfect time. No matter what skill level or age you are there is an opportunity for you to learn to improve your guitar skills. At The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, we know all about music lessons and what they entail. 
Why Piano Lessons Are Important - Music has long been proven to have a positive impact on learning ability, and after-school activities provide a place for kids and teens to stay out of trouble and socialize with one another.
Practice routine - Practice makes perfect: how to make the best out of your practice time 1. Warm up As elementary as it may seem, warming up is a vital component of a productive practice session, and one that is too often skipped once an intermediate level of playing is reached. All serious and professional athletes take the time […]
5 Useful Tips from Experienced Violinists - Learning an instrument can be extremely challenging and rewarding, and the violin is no exception. Endeavoring to play this beautiful instrument is a fun, demanding, and involved process, so read on for 5 of the best tips from our experienced violinists. Don’t Just Focus on What You Love When we practice an instrument, it is […]
5 Quick Tips to Mastering the Clarinet - Many young musicians are drawn to the woodwind family of instruments, which includes flutes, oboes, bassoons, saxophones, and a perennial favorite, clarinets. The clarinet is a relatively easy instrument to learn, and it’s featured in many classical and jazz compositions. We think budding clarinetists should keep these following tips in mind when taking clarinet lessons […]