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by Cheryl

7 Ways I Use My College Degree In My Music Career

May 17, 2015 in Featured Articles, Personally..., The Big Picture by Cheryl

I’m writing this for anyone who has changed his or her plans after graduating from college. For anyone who has studied one thing and has gone on to do something slightly (or extremely) different. And especially for anyone who, like me, has gotten a lot of crap for making those choices. I’m here to tell you that all that crap is, well…crap. What I’ve learned is that no matter what you do, you
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A Day In The Life of A Music Maker

March 26, 2015 in Crafting A Creative Career, Featured Articles, Music Industry, Personally..., Workflow by Cheryl

I’m often asked “what do you do, exactly?”. There are two groups of people who generally ask this: 1) people who know me, or think they know me, and then stop for a second and realize they cannot quite grasp how I spend my time and 2) musicians. This article, my friends, is for all of you. Before I begin, let me preface this with the following: My life is a roller coaster. Most
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6 Great Tools Every Music Teacher Needs

February 7, 2015 in Musicianship by Cheryl

Whether you’re in your first year teaching piano students or your 50th year, here seven great tools and resources that every piano teacher needs to keep new students rolling in and sticking around for the long haul! 1. This worksheet bundle. Have your students learning to read music in 21 days? Um, yes please! These packets are awesome and skip the acronyms (Every Good Boy etc etc) and get right to being able to
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9 Things I Just Learned About Music & Success

January 15, 2015 in Featured Articles, Making Money, Music Industry, PR by Cheryl

Originally posted on Music Think Tank. It took some effort to leave my default self in the cold streets of Harlem, prior to entering City College Of New York’s Aaron Davis Hall. The theater of 600 seats was temporarily converted into an intimate space for developing new perspectives, dropping the “music careers are hard” bullsh&t, and having conversations about success. Led by one of my favorite mentors, Emmy-winning composer Michael Whalen, and PR
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What My Interns REALLY Think

January 9, 2015 in Personally..., Workflow by Cheryl

For the past three years, twice a year, my company is paired with two or three Cornell undergraduate students in an alumni program Cornell calls “Externship Sponsorship”. For about a week, my workload shifts to account for planning discussion sessions with my “externs”, setting up interviews with industry experts, and managing tasks that will not only provide value for them, but also contribute to my business. I love that they are called “externs”
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5 Reasons to Try the 50-Hour Challenge

December 15, 2014 in Workflow by Cheryl

As a freelancer and small business owner, I have always struggled with structure. The kind that has me change out of my pjs, that tells me when I should be pitching for new work, when I should be creating more content, or when I should be marketing what I already have created. The kind of structure that makes sure I am working efficiently and not just busily. Workflow for freelancers, work-from-home career folks,
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16 Quotes To Get You Outta Bed

November 4, 2014 in Featured Articles, Workflow by Cheryl

Dreading Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday) morning? Or waking up to a pile of work, a deadline, or just a good dose of self-doubt? As a freelancer crafting my own creative career, I teeter between being extremely excited for my next batch of work and wondering why I thought it was a good idea to start my own company. It’s a fine line and I’m often looking for security, inspiration and a kick
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4 Things You Definitely Want To Do Before Leaving the Recording Studio

October 17, 2014 in Music Industry by Cheryl

Recording a record is a big deal. It takes tons of time, a bunch of money, meticulous coordination, not to mention the artistic energy to create the songs and arrange them with your band and/or producer. So it’s easy to forget some things once you’re in the thick of it and laying down your songs. Here are four things you definitely want to do before you leave the recording studio that will set
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Simple travel tips for musicians (and everyone else)

September 15, 2014 in Touring by Cheryl

Published on Discmaker’s Echoes blog. Traveling can bring excitement to your life, and it can bring stress and upheaval, as well. Here are four simple travel tips to help you endure life on the road without feeling like roadkill. I’ve been wanting to write this article for a while… but I’ve been traveling. I am all too familiar with picking up and being on the move, non-stop, for one to seven weeks at
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7 Tips to Prepare for Your First Voice Lesson

September 13, 2014 in Crafting A Creative Career, Music Industry by Cheryl

So you’ve decided to take voice lessons and you’re anxious about your first lesson and wondering what to expect and how to prepare. Here’s the good news… this isn’t an audition! Take a deep breath (because you’ll be doing a lot of that in your singing lessons, so why not start now), and read these 7 tips to prepare for your first voice lesson. 1) Have a vocal goal. This will help your instructor focus
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