Music and color according to Kandinsky

A parallel between color and sound

A parallel between color and sound

The Russian abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky often compared visual art with music.  Here is one of his great quotes.

“A parallel between color and music can only be relative – just as a violin can give warm shades of tone, so yellow has shades, which can be expressed by various instruments. ”
– Kandinsky

The true use of music according to a sufi master

The true use of music is to become musical in one's thoughts, words, and actions.
The true use of music is to become musical in one's thoughts, words, and actions.
The true use of music is to become musical in one’s thoughts, words, and actions.

 

I received this book as a gift from my friends Fred and Yvonne for my birthday 20 years ago while I was living in a little fishing village on an island off the coast of Hong Kong.  It’s been one of my favorites that I turn to again and again.  In the 20 years since, I’ve moved across the continents, travelled far and wide, changed jobs, careers and then started a family.  This book contains so many pearls and nuggets of wisdom, I cannot recommend it highly enough.  The Music of Life, by Hazrat Inayat Khan is truly life-changing.  Sage words from a Sufi master.

Secrets Of Successful Music Teachers – Video 1 Is Live Now

Secrets of Successful Music Teachers

So it took a little longer than I expected, but finally, I’ve posted the first video of the free mini course: Secrets of Successful Music Teachers. I’m so excited to share what I’ve learned over the years and in talking with so many music teachers all over the world.

Please feel free to add comments and questions below the video as I will try to answer common themes in the following videos.

Secrets of Successful Music Teachers
A free mini course especially for private music teachers

How Do I Get My Students To Practice?

“I didn’t have time to practice!”

“Really?”

“What happened?”

 

Choose one of the following:

  • “Well my aunt came to visit and…”
  • “We went to Zimbabwe and we brought the keyboard, but we forgot the books…”
  • “The elephants in Thailand are amazing…”
  • “We just moved and can’t find my books yet.”
  • “The keyboard broke and my Dad needs to buy a new one.”

 

Yes these are all real answers I have heard and are in the category of what I call, “excusable.”

 

But here’s some that I find to be “in-excusable.”

 

  • “I was too tired.”
  • “I didn’t feel like it.”
  • “I was too busy.”