The Consulting Arts

ValfamTCAThe Consulting Arts spawns environments that are catalysts for creativity, focusing on piano, voice, creativity coaching, art and writing. Karen Smith-Will teaches students of all ages and with various learning styles, disabilities, and health concerns. Typically her students' ages range from 5-100, and accommodations can be made for exceptional students.

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Matisse Public DomainA theme that occasionally emerges in my conversations with others is the relationship between "sacred" and "secular:" is there a continuum between the two concepts? Should the two be considered as mutually exclusive? In viewing an award-winning documentary this evening, A Model for Matisse, I was struck by Henri Matisse's own observations on this dichotomy: "I’ve always sought that the earthly nourishment of my art may reveal His manifest glory to those who are blind to it."

“The real difference that we see in expert performers is that they behave fluently – both accurately and quickly, without hesitation.” Carl Binder

Carl Binder was one of my instructors when I was learning instructional design. At the time, my target was teaching thousands of people around the world to use e-learning to master software, learn marketing or practice customer service principles. Now, I am teaching music. But the principles of mastery are identical for any of those fields.

Reading individual notes is a incremental building block that can later be used for sight reading music. These games make sight reading fun to learn and competitive:


Sight reading series - I Can Read Music: A Note Reading Book for Violin Students by Joanne Martin - this series is available for the treble staff. Wish they had one for bass! Although it says it is "for Violin" Students, it can easily be used for voice practice.


Have you heard something like this: "That girl is amazing! She can play anything she hears without music." Translated, what this really means is "she can 'hear' the intervals accurately and knows her instrument well enough to replicate those intervals." YOU can practice this skill, too!

Whom this would benefit: Any music student, especially voice students and instrumentalists learning music by ear.