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Musicality Unleashed

Musicality Unleashed

In this series of nine short episodes we reveal the components and techniques of the most effective musicality training available.

Improv Month

Improv Month

Featuring interviews with improvisation pros and a series of tutorials teaching you to play freely and spontaneously, if you have any interest in learning to improvise you won’t want to this special nine-episode series.

Beatles Month

Beatles Month

In this series of eight episodes we examine the musicality of Fab Four themselves, asking the kinds of questions we’re so interested in here at Musical U – like what makes a song tick, how to understand what you hear in music, and what are the concrete, practical skills that underlie apparent musical “talent”.

Pathways

Pathways

In these episodes regular music-learners share their stories so far, including the tips, techniques and resources that have helped them most.

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Rewind

In these special episodes the Musical U team get together to revisit their favourite and most impactful moments from past episodes of Musicality Now.

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Musicality Now - Your Peak Performance Toolkit, with Mark Morley-Fletcher (Play In The Zone)
Mark Morley-Fletcher of Play in the Zone explains the concepts behind behind peak performance. Learn practical tips you can apply in your own musical life.
Musicality Now - Getting Into The Music And Into Flow, With Diane Allen
Diane Allen brings a unique perspective to the world of performance. Learn the specific practical steps you can take to get into your flow state at will.
Musicality Now - Pathways Jon Magnusson
Swedish songwriter Jon Magnusson has done what many dream of: made music his full-time career. Gain insight into how business and musicality work together.
Musicality Now - How to Achieve Rapid, Unstoppable Progress in Music Learning
We share insights and strategies from world-leading practice expert Gregg Goodhart. Learn how to master your practice time and become a musical genius.
Musicality Now - Learning to Love Leadsheets, with Ruth Power (Piano Picnic)
Ruth Power, of Piano Picnic, shares insights and ideas from her new course, Lovin' Leadsheets. Learn how lead sheets can impact your musicality.
Musicality Now - Composing For Games, with Dan Hulsman (VGM Academy)
Dan Hulsman, founder of the Video Game Music Academy, discusses what goes in to composing and producing both modern and vintage VGM soundtracks.
Musicality Now - Rewind_Reflections
The Musical U team reflects on some of the guest experts that have had a big impact on our musical lives. Gain inspiration for your own musicality practice.
Musicality Now - Pathways_Sharilynn Horhota
Musical U member Sharilynn Horhota shares her fascinating musical journey along with some very useful tips you can apply to your own music practice.
Musicality Now - What Music Practice Really Means, with Jonathan Harnum, PhD (The Practice Of Practice)
Author of "The Practice Of Practice", Dr. Jonathan Harnum shares results from his PhD research on how high level musicians practice to achieve their skill.
Musicality Now - Mind Before Fingers, with Marilyn White Lowe (Music Moves For Piano)
Marilyn White Lowe, author of Music Moves For Piano, brings life to the inner musicality skills of improvising, playing by ear, composing & collaborating.
Musicality Now - How to Learn Like a Genius, with Gregg Goodhart
Gregg Goodhart of the Learn Like a Genius project applies the latest research on how the human brain learns most effectively to music practice.
Musicality Now - From The Notes On the Page To Artistry And Mastery, with Dennis Alexander (Premier Piano Course)
Dennis Alexander, author of Premier Piano Course, brings music theory & sight reading to life with a creativity and a consciousness of musical expression.
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  • Musicality Now - Your Peak Performance Toolkit, with Mark Morley-Fletcher (Play In The Zone) Your Peak Performance Toolkit, with Mark Morley-Fletcher (Play In The Zone) February 12, 2020 - Mark Morley-Fletcher of Play in the Zone explains the concepts behind behind peak performance. Learn practical tips you can apply in your own musical life.
  • Musicality Now - Getting Into The Music And Into Flow, With Diane Allen Getting Into The Music And Into Flow, With Diane Allen February 5, 2020 - Diane Allen brings a unique perspective to the world of performance. Learn the specific practical steps you can take to get into your flow state at will.
  • Musicality Now - Pathways Jon Magnusson Pathways: Jon Magnusson January 29, 2020 - Swedish songwriter Jon Magnusson has done what many dream of: made music his full-time career. Gain insight into how business and musicality work together.
  • Musicality Now - How to Achieve Rapid, Unstoppable Progress in Music Learning How to Achieve Rapid, Unstoppable Progress in Music Learning January 23, 2020 - We share insights and strategies from world-leading practice expert Gregg Goodhart. Learn how to master your practice time and become a musical genius.
  • Musicality Now - Learning to Love Leadsheets, with Ruth Power (Piano Picnic) Learning to Love Leadsheets, with Ruth Power (Piano Picnic) January 16, 2020 - Ruth Power, of Piano Picnic, shares insights and ideas from her new course, Lovin' Leadsheets. Learn how lead sheets can impact your musicality.
  • Musicality Now - Composing For Games, with Dan Hulsman (VGM Academy) Composing For Games, with Dan Hulsman (VGM Academy) January 10, 2020 - Dan Hulsman, founder of the Video Game Music Academy, discusses what goes in to composing and producing both modern and vintage VGM soundtracks.
  • Musicality Now - Rewind_Reflections Rewind: Reflections December 30, 2019 - The Musical U team reflects on some of the guest experts that have had a big impact on our musical lives. Gain inspiration for your own musicality practice.
  • Musicality Now - Pathways_Sharilynn Horhota Pathways: Sharilynn Horhota December 19, 2019 - Musical U member Sharilynn Horhota shares her fascinating musical journey along with some very useful tips you can apply to your own music practice.
  • Musicality Now - What Music Practice Really Means, with Jonathan Harnum, PhD (The Practice Of Practice) What Music Practice Really Means, with Jonathan Harnum, PhD (The Practice Of Practice) December 11, 2019 - Author of "The Practice Of Practice", Dr. Jonathan Harnum shares results from his PhD research on how high level musicians practice to achieve their skill.
  • Musicality Now - Mind Before Fingers, with Marilyn White Lowe (Music Moves For Piano) Mind Before Fingers, with Marilyn White Lowe (Music Moves For Piano) December 4, 2019 - Marilyn White Lowe, author of Music Moves For Piano, brings life to the inner musicality skills of improvising, playing by ear, composing & collaborating.
  • Musicality Now - How to Learn Like a Genius, with Gregg Goodhart How to Learn Like a Genius, with Gregg Goodhart November 27, 2019 - Gregg Goodhart of the Learn Like a Genius project applies the latest research on how the human brain learns most effectively to music practice.
  • Musicality Now - From The Notes On the Page To Artistry And Mastery, with Dennis Alexander (Premier Piano Course) From The Notes On the Page To Artistry And Mastery, with Dennis Alexander (Premier Piano Course) November 21, 2019 - Dennis Alexander, author of Premier Piano Course, brings music theory & sight reading to life with a creativity and a consciousness of musical expression.
  • Musicality Now - Pathways-Nick Cheetham Pathways: Nick Cheetham November 14, 2019 - Nick Cheetham shares his journey for the premier episode of Pathways, a new series where we dig deep in to the lives of passionate music learners.
  • Musicality Now - The Keys to Performance Success, with Dr. Don Greene (Winning On Stage) The Keys to Performance Success, with Dr. Don Greene (Winning On Stage) November 6, 2019 - Dr. Don Greene, one of the world’s leading experts on performance psychology, teaches how to assess and improve your performance abilities under pressure.
  • Musicality Now - Side By Side In Music, with Caroline Whiddon (Me2:Orchestra) Side By Side In Music, with Caroline Whiddon (Me2/Orchestra) October 30, 2019 - Me2/Orchestra co-founder Caroline Whiddon discusses how the support of the Me2/ classical music ensembles helps erase the stigma surrounding mental illness.
  • Musicality Now - Making Music Books More Musical, with Joseph Alexander Making Music Books More Musical, with Joseph Alexander (Fundamental Changes) October 23, 2019 - Joseph Alexander from Fundamental Changes explains how his modern approach to book publishing provides exciting opportunities for students and authors.
  • Musicality Now - What Is Ear Training? (and why does it normally fail?) What Is Ear Training? (and why does it normally fail?) October 17, 2019 - Musical U founder Christopher Sutton explains what ear training is - and how to get the most benefit from ear training with a holistic, musical approach.
  • Musicality Now - Your Connection To Music, with Dave Isaacs (The Perpetual Beginner) Your Connection To Music, with Dave Isaacs (The Perpetual Beginner) October 15, 2019 - Dave Isaacs, author of "The Perpetual Beginner", teaches how approaching music with a beginner's mindset can unlock the ease and musicality you desire.
  • Musicality Now - Unlock Your Potential By Understanding Your Mind, with Nick Bottini Unlock Your Potential By Understanding Your Mind, with Nick Bottini (Just Play) October 9, 2019 - Nick Bottini, author of “Just Play: The Simple Truth Behind Musical Excellence”, helps us understand how to achieve our full musical potential.
  • Musicality Now - Nature, Nurture, and your Duvet of Music, with Robert Emery Nature, Nurture, and your Duvet of Music, with Robert Emery October 3, 2019 - Conductor and Musical Director, Robert Emery shares his views on talent, nature versus nurture, and what that means for the average adult music learner.
  • Musicality Now - In Perfect Swinging Harmony, with The Quebe Sisters In Perfect Swinging Harmony, with The Quebe Sisters September 25, 2019 - We're joined by The Quebe Sisters who share how they write and arrange harmony parts and the relationship between ear skills and theory.
  • Musicality Now - Making Improv a Game, with Jeffrey Agrell Making Improv a Game, with Jeffrey Agrell September 18, 2019 - Jeffrey Agrell, pioneer of a game-based approach to improvisation, teaches how and why to learn improv - and how much theory and technique are required.
  • Musicality Now - About the Circle of Fifths About the Circle of Fifths September 11, 2019 - The MU team discusses why most musicians are missing out on the full power of the Circle of Fifths in their musical lives - and what you can do about it.
  • Musicality Now - What Is Musicality? (Revisited) What Is Musicality? (Revisited) September 6, 2019 - We surveyed our members and asked what "musicality" means to them. In this episode we share their answers to give you greater insight in to "Musicality"
  • Musicality Now - Rewind: Ease and Joy Rewind: Ease and Joy August 28, 2019 - The Musical U team shares how they've applied lessons from past episodes with hopes of helping you increase joy and ease in your own musical life.
  • Musicality Now - How Composers Improve, with Matthew Ellul (School of Composition) How Composers Improve, with Matthew Ellul (School of Composition) August 21, 2019 - Matthew Ellul from School Of Composition teaches how composing practice improves musicality - even if you don't aspire to be a composer or song writer.
  • Musicality Now - Intimidating - or Inspiring? You Choose Intimidating – or Inspiring? You Choose August 15, 2019 - In this episode we share an approach to mentally flip the emotional reaction of intimidation into inspiration. Learn how to stay motivated to progress.
  • Musicality Now - Your Codex and Creativity Your Codex and Creativity August 7, 2019 - In this episode we share tips to help you find balance between codex and creativity. Learn how to unlock continuous progress with your musicality practice.
  • Musicality Now - Boosting Musical Brainpower, with Josh Turknett (Brainjo) Boosting Musical Brainpower, with Josh Turknett (Brainjo) July 31, 2019 - Learn new mental approaches to music practice in our interview with Dr. Josh Turknett, founder of Brainjo Center for Neurology & Cognitive Enhancement.
  • Musicality Now - A Simple Tip for Indecision and Analysis-Paralysis A Simple Tip for Indecision and Analysis-Paralysis July 24, 2019 - We share a simple tip to help you overcome analysis-paralysis. Learn how to take the next steps to an enjoyable and rewarding musical life.
  • Musicality Now - More Mindful, More Musical, with Susanne Olbrich More Mindful, More Musical, with Susanne Olbrich July 17, 2019 - Specialist in mindfulness for musicians, Susanne Olbrich shares her journey. Learn what it means to be mindful and how it can enhance your musicality.
  • Musicality Now - From Mechanics to Organics, with Bradley Sowash From Mechanics to Organics, with Bradley Sowash July 12, 2019 - Bradley Sowash, composer and educator, shares his musical journey along with some practical tips to bring more creativity and musicality into your playing.
  • Musicality Now - A Mindset for Music Theory Rewind: A Mindset for Music Theory July 3, 2019 - Music theory doesn't have to be confusing. In this episode we share some mindset shifts to make theory easy and accessible for you.
  • Musicality Now - 100% Emotion, with Michele McLaughlin 100% Emotion, with Michele McLaughlin June 26, 2019 - Solo pianist and composer Michele McLaughlin inspires creativity with her emotional approach to improvisation and composing.
  • Musicality Now - How to Handle Musical Mistakes With Grace How to Handle Musical Mistakes With Grace June 19, 2019 - Musical success means overcoming challenges and making mistakes. In this episode you will learn mindset shifts and practical tips for handling mistakes.
  • Musicality Now - Awareness, Innovation and Reflection, with Michael Compitello Awareness, Innovation and Reflection, with Michael Compitello June 12, 2019 - Michael Compitello, percussionist and educator, talks about how to practice and learn. This episode is packed with tools to accelerate your progress.
  • Musicality Now - Is Aiming For Perfect Actually Holding You Back Is Aiming For Perfect Actually Holding You Back? June 6, 2019 - What is perfection? In this episode we share a mindset shift for approaching your playing and practicing that will improve your musicality rapidly.
  • Musicality Now - Letting the Music Play You, with Paul Wertico Letting the Music Play You, with Paul Wertico June 4, 2019 - Paul Wertico, renowned as the "musical" drummer, discusses what musicality means. Learn how understanding the role of the drummer can help you improve.
  • Musicality Now - Getting Into Action For Transformation Getting Into Action For Transformation May 30, 2019 - Transform your musical life by finding joy and ease with your practice. Learn how to take action and discover the fastest route to improving your music.
  • Musicality Now-What’s Going On In Your Head What’s Going On In Your Head? May 29, 2019 - Learn how to recognize and remove a mental block that is holding you back from progress, and free yourself to find joy and ease with your music practice.
  • Musicality Now-Ease and Joy in Music Learning Ease and Joy in Music Learning May 29, 2019 - Finding joy and ease in your practice is a powerful way to unlock your musicality. Learn how to have fun and improve faster in this episode.
  • Musicality Now - Do You Have An Inner Natural Musician? Here's How To Know Do You Have An “Inner Natural Musician”? Here’s How To Know May 23, 2019 - In this episode, we reveal the truth behind the idea of a "natural musician" - and how to connect with the musical instinct that exists within us all.
  • Musicality Now - How to Earn Your Inspiration, with Mark Cawley How to Earn Your Inspiration, with Mark Cawley May 21, 2019 - Mark Cawley, hit songwriter & online coach from iDoCoach.com shares powerful lessons he's learned writing songs for superstars like Tina Turner! Tune in!
  • Musicality Now - Rewind-Singing Rewind: Singing May 16, 2019 - The Musical U Team shares the most powerful lessons from past episodes on singing. Tune in for some tips to free up your voice and build confidence.
  • Musiality Now - Playing With Heart and By Heart, with Sarah Jeffery Playing With Heart and By Heart, with Sarah Jeffery May 14, 2019 - Sound better and play better by learning to play by heart. Sarah Jeffery from Team Recorder shares some tips to improve your musicality. Tune in.
  • Musicality Now - 3 Lessons on Better Practice From The World's Top Bassists 3 Lessons on Music Practice From The World’s Top Bassists May 9, 2019 - 3 lessons from The World's top bass instructors to arm you w/the practice skills to become a musical super human! Listen and learn how fun practice can be!
  • Musicality Now - The Roots of Greatness, with Scott Devine The Roots of Greatness, with Scott Devine May 7, 2019 - Scott Devine of Scott's Bass Lessons, the #1 website for learning bass guitar, shares the secrets he learnt from studying with the world's top musicians.
  • The Musicality Podcast - How to "Hear Like A Musician" How to “Hear Like A Musician” May 2, 2019 - Andrew and Christopher teach you how to practice Active Listening. You're going to love how you hear music in a richer way after this episode.
  • The Musicality Podcast - What it means to "Hear Like A Musician" What it means to “Hear Like A Musician” April 30, 2019 - Increase your joy and love of music by becoming an Active Listener! Dive in to this episode and explore the what and why of active listening.
  • The Musicality Podcast - Musicality of the Beatles The Musicality of the Beatles April 25, 2019 - In the final episode of Beatles Month we recap the major learning points from our expert guests and reveal the one big secret to the Beatles success.
  • The Musicality Podcast - How To Be The Beatles, with Hard Day's Night How To Be The Beatles, with Hard Day’s Night April 23, 2019 - Hard Day's Night, one of the top rated Beatles tributes, puts in extraordinary work to deliver the most detailed & authentic Beatles experience possible.
  • The Musicality Podcast - The Story of the Fifth Beatle, with Kenneth Womack The Story of the “Fifth Beatle”, with Kenneth Womack April 18, 2019 - Kenneth Womack, author of a two-volume biography of George Martin, astounded us with his expert perspective on why Martin really is “The Fifth Beatle”.
  • The Musicality Podcast - The Simplicity and Sophistication of the Beatles, with Aaron Krerowicz The Simplicity and Sophistication of the Beatles, with Aaron Krerowicz April 16, 2019 - Aaron Krerowicz, The World's only professional Beatles scholar and creator of Flipside Beatles, discusses the sophistication of The Beatles songwriting.
  • The Musicality Podcast - The Message in the Music of the Beatles with Scott Kuehn The Message in the Music of the Beatles, with Scott Kuehn April 11, 2019 - Scott Kuehn, Beatles expert/Professor of Communications at Clarion University shares his insight on Beatlemania. Learn how the Fab Four made females faint!
  • The Musicality Podcast - Writing Songs the Beatles Way, with Matt Blick Writing Songs the Beatles Way, with Matt Blick April 9, 2019 - Matt Blick shares the incredible insight he's learned on his mission to analyse every Beatles song for his website, Beatles Songwriting Academy.
  • The Musicality Podcast - How The Beatles Came To Be with Scott Freiman How the Beatles Came to Be, with Scott Freiman April 4, 2019 - You'll love The Beatles even more after you hear this interview with expert Scott Freiman! He draws new and fascinating insights on their music.
  • The Musicality Podcast - Welcome To Beatles Month Welcome to Beatles Month April 2, 2019 - We are excited to bring you Beatles Month! Come explore the musicality behind the Fab Four's incredible tunes with six renowned Beatles experts.
  • When to stick with it – and when to move on March 28, 2019 - The musician's conundrum: should you stick with learning that difficult and frustrating thing, or leave it and move on? We explore a nuanced answer.
  • Is it time to “break up” with music? March 21, 2019 - Is your love affair with music not all you thought it was going to be? How do you know when it's time to leave it all behind? Or... is there still hope?
  • Rewind: Practicing March 19, 2019 - The Musical U team gets together to share their favourite episodes of the Musicality Podcast, focussing on the topic of effective and fun music practice.
  • Forget Being Realistic – Do This Instead March 14, 2019 - In this episode, we reveal how you can knock down the one big obstacle standing between you and your biggest musical dreams.
  • How to Stop Doubting and Start Performing, with Brent Vaartstra March 12, 2019 - Brent Vaartstra of Learn Jazz Standards gives insights and practical advice for getting yourself from the practice room to the stage.
  • How to Improve AND Enjoy Your Musical Life March 7, 2019 - The process of learning music shouldn't be arduous, but enjoyable! We discuss how you can maximize both learning and joy in every practice session.
  • Fundamentals Over Flash, with John Hatcher March 5, 2019 - Blues Guitar Institute founder John Hatcher talks instrument technique, blues fundamentals, and his game-changing concept of "microlicks".
  • How To Start Improvising Today February 28, 2019 - Looking to start improvising? In this episode, we share a very useful mental framework and outlook to get yourself improvising freely - today.
  • How To Truly Listen, with Evelyn Glennie February 26, 2019 - We interview Evelyn Glennie, an internationally-acclaimed solo percussionist who lost most of her hearing at a young age, on the art of "musical listening".
  • Can’t Improvise? There’s just one thing holding you back February 21, 2019 - Does the idea of improvisation intimidate you? In this episode, we talk about how you can make improv accessible and attainable in your musical journey.
  • Find and Make Peace with Your Voice, with Nikki Loney February 19, 2019 - Full Voice Music founder Nikki Loney talks about what it means to "find your voice", and answers the burning question: "Should I take singing lessons?"
  • Intervals Versus Solfa: Which Is Best? February 14, 2019 - Listen to Musical U founder Christopher Sutton discuss the benefits of solfa (a.k.a. solfege) when interpreting music and learning to play by ear.
  • The Power of Curiosity, with Adam Neely February 12, 2019 - We interview Youtube-based music educator Adam Neely on making music theory interesting, a helpful perspective on practice, and the power of audiation.
  • Hey! Where are you going? February 7, 2019 - In this episode, we discuss the concept of a Big Picture Vision - and why pointing yourself in the right musical direction is so important.
  • Making Music Learning a Picnic, with Ruth Power February 5, 2019 - Musical U interviews Piano Picnic creator and our own piano resident pro Ruth Power on the art of playing by ear and her remarkable method for teaching it.
  • About Hacking Habituation January 31, 2019 - Listen to a snippet from our masterclass with neurosymphonic hornist and Modacity creator Marc Gelfo on the topic of effectiveness in your music practice.
  • Entertainment and Education, with Mr. Q-U-E January 29, 2019 - Musical U interviews Music Notes Online creator Mr. Q-U-E on the art of delivering educational content to students through the power of song.
  • Song Writing: Start and Succeed, with Alex Forbes January 24, 2019 - We interview award-winning songwriter Alex Forbes on the art of songwriting, the hallmarks of an instant hit, and giving yourself permission to write songs.
  • Creativity, Composing, and Confidence, with Sabrina Peña Young January 23, 2019 - Musical U interviews award-winning composer Sabrina Peña Young about her learning experiences, mentors, the art of composition, and her epic sci-fi opera...
  • Foundations Of A Musical Mind Is Open! January 17, 2019 - The popular Foundations of A Musical Mind course is back - and enrolment is now open! Reserve your place and get ready to level up your musicianship.
  • Bringing It All Together January 17, 2019 - Find out how to piece together the various mental models discussed in the Musicality Unleashed series using an established and very effective methodology.
  • Creativity Is The Vehicle, Not the Destination January 16, 2019 - Find out how you can make your musical practice creative right from day one, with the help of mental models discussed in the Musicality Unleashed series.
  • Singing Is Your Birthright January 14, 2019 - There is almost a 100% chance that you are not tone-deaf, and are therefore capable of becoming a great singer. Learn about the mental model that can help!
  • Don’t Just Learn Songs – Learn Music Through Songs January 14, 2019 - Find out how you can connect the music theory and ear training you're learning to that piece of music that you've been wrapping your fingers around.
  • A Better Mental Model for Rhythm January 12, 2019 - Learn about an intuitive, highly effective model for counting rhythm, and how it can help you easily notate and play complex patterns in music.
  • A Better Mental Model for Pitch January 12, 2019 - There's a better way to learn pitch than with intervals - a more intuitive, ear-friendly, and effective system called solfa. Get introduced!
  • Musicality Unleashed: Did You Skip Step One? January 10, 2019 - You wouldn't paint the walls of a house without first building the foundation, right? Learn about how to build a foundational mental model for learning.
  • Musicality Unleashed: What Makes A Musician A “Natural” January 10, 2019 - Even though you might have great instrument technique, you may not feel like a "natural" musician. Learn about the missing pieces of musicality!
  • Musicality Unleashed: The Two Things Most Music Education Is Missing January 9, 2019 - Becoming a musician encompasses more than just instrumental proficiency. Discover the two other aspects of musicality that are often neglected in education!
  • Musicality Unleashed: The Truth About Talent January 8, 2019 - Welcome to Musicality Unleashed, where we will explore mental models for realizing your full musical potential. First up: busting the "talent" myth!
  • A Change is Gonna Come January 3, 2019 - Happy new year to you! We briefly interrupt our regular schedule to fill you in on some exciting changes coming to the Musicality Podcast in 2019.
  • About the Little “Why” December 20, 2018 - Learn all about asking yourself the Little "Why" - and how it can help you stay on track in your musical journey and ensure you're making progress.
  • About Your Self December 18, 2018 - When practicing and playing, what is the relationship between mind, body, and music? Lisa McCormick explores the components of the musical "self".
  • About the Clave December 13, 2018 - Learn about the rhythmic tradition of clave, its widespread use in traditional and contemporary music, and how to play the rhythm yourself.
  • Becoming a Bulletproof Musician, with Noa Kageyama December 11, 2018 - The Bulletproof Musician's Noa Kageyama talks about research-based strategies for practice, performance, and the intersection of the two.
  • About the Long and Winding Road December 6, 2018 - Musical U's own Adam Liette talks about his ongoing musical journey and the various roles that music has played in his personal life and career.
  • Practice, Performance, and Powerful Levers, with Josh Wright December 4, 2018 - Acclaimed pianist and music educator Josh Wright shares his favourite technique exercises, performance strategies, and secrets for playing musically.
  • About Overwhelm in Music November 29, 2018 - Learn about the three most common root causes of musical overwhelm, how to identify them, and how to combat them so you can stay motivated and on-track.
  • Circles of Creativity, with Tim Topham November 27, 2018 - Tim Topham discusses how to bring music to life through creative music teaching, and how to marry this approach with traditional drill-based ear training.
  • About Hearing Key Changes November 22, 2018 - Katie Wardrobe from Midnight Music discusses how to hear key changes in music, and the things that sometimes trip musicians up in hearing this modulation.
  • Learning to Rock the Stage, with Kevin Richards November 20, 2018 - We interview Sir Rod Stewart's vocal coach on the ins and outs of performance, and the learnable skills that deliver unforgettable shows night after night.
  • About Taking a Long-Term Mindset November 15, 2018 - Music Entrepreneur HQ creator David Andrew Wiebe discusses the reasons you should adopt a long-term mindset with respect to your musical journey.
  • Making Sight Singing Child’s Play, with Dale Duncan November 13, 2018 - Singing teacher Dale Duncan shares his inclusive and highly effective approach to helping his students integrate pitch and rhythm skills in sight-singing.
  • About Why the Pentatonic Scale is So Great November 8, 2018 - Learn about the power of the pentatonic scale, why it makes for such beautiful melodies, and how to use it as an improvisational framework.
  • Explaining the Musical Ear, with Aimee Nolte November 6, 2018 - Musical U interviews music educator Aimee Nolte on her music background and how she teaches musicality skills through her engaging YouTube channel.
  • About Negative Musical Experiences November 1, 2018 - How do you recover from negative experiences during your musical journey? The Musical U team discusses those painful musical moments, and getting past them.
  • Audiation and Thinking Music, with Cynthia Crump Taggart October 30, 2018 - The President-Elect of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning joins us to discuss Music Learning Theory and how it helps cultivate musicality.
  • About Klezmer Music October 25, 2018 - Musical U's own Andrew Bishko talks Klezmer music, its cultural origins as Jewish folk music, and its idiosyncratic and expressive nature.
  • Music Learning at Warp Speed, with Jason Haaheim October 23, 2018 - Jason Haaheim talks about how "deliberate practice" and its accompanying mindset will help you reach new heights in your musical practice.
  • About Playing in Any Style October 18, 2018 - This week on the Musicality Podcast, jazz and blues expert Steve Nixon discusses the skills and attitude required for being a multi-genre musician.
  • Designing for Joyful Learning, with Anne Mileski October 16, 2018 - Anne Mileski discusses her music journey and her teaching perspective as an early music educator who uses Kodály, Orff, Dalcroze, and Music Learning Theory.
  • About Taking it Step by Step October 11, 2018 - The Musical U team has a roundtable discussion on the practice of breaking down your learning into chunks, rather than leaping straight for your goal.
  • Focusing on What Matters, with Jeff Schneider October 9, 2018 - Composer and music educator Jeff Schneider talks to Musical U about effective practice, the learning process, and keeping your creative output alive.
  • About the Message in the Music October 4, 2018 - The Musical U team discusses the topic of finding the message in the music, expressing it on your instrument, and getting it across to your audience.
  • Becoming an Expert Learner, with Josh Plotner October 2, 2018 - Musical U interviews the incredible multi-instrumentalist Josh Plotner on the learning mindset and attitude that has given way to his accomplishments.
  • About Listening as the Route to Musicality September 27, 2018 - The Musical U team discusses the value of active listening - listening to others' music, to your musical collaborators, and of course, to yourself.
  • Emotion and Efficiency, with Marc Gelfo September 25, 2018 - Musical U interviews Marc Gelfo, creator of the Modacity app, on the effective way to practice and how to bring out the emotion of the music you play.
  • About the Importance of Joy and Pleasure September 20, 2018 - In this roundtable discussion, the Musical U team shares insights and anecdotes on the most important part of your musical journey: having fun!
  • What You May Not Know About Blues Harmonica, with David Barrett September 18, 2018 - We interview harmonica master David Barrett on the relationship between harmonica and the Blues, and how to go beyond licks and riffs to unlock true improv.
  • About Exploring Without Self-Judgement September 13, 2018 - The Musical U team sits down for a roundtable discussion on how to silence your inner critic so you can comfortably explore your musical potential.
  • Learning, Playing and Thriving with Elisa Janson-Jones September 11, 2018 - Musical U interviews musician, music teacher, author, and entrepreneur Elisa Janson-Jones on musical wellness and enjoying your musical life to the fullest.
  • About You Being Musical Inside Already September 6, 2018 - The Musical U team discusses the ways in which everyone is musical - and how you can tap into your inner musicality with the right tools and mindset.
  • Exploring the Chord Genome, with Austin Brentley September 4, 2018 - Musical U interviews Chord Genome Project creator Austin Brentley on the power of chords and how learning just four will unlock a world of playable music.
  • About Keeping it Simple August 30, 2018 - The Musical U team discusses the benefits of keeping it simple when it comes to music, and how simplicity can be used as a foundation to build on.
  • Music Theory You’ll Love to Learn, with Glory St. Germain August 28, 2018 - Learn how to bring music theory to life with Glory St. Germain, the creator of the Ultimate Music Theory program that teaches the "how" and "why" of theory.
  • Unlocking Your Musicality: Part Two August 23, 2018 - We asked fourteen experts to share the one thing they've learned that can help musicians to tap into their inner musicality - here are their answers!
  • Unlocking Your Musicality: Part One August 21, 2018 - We asked eleven experts to share the one thing they've learned that can help musicians to tap into their inner musicality - here are their answers!
  • About Creating Music Worth Sharing August 16, 2018 - In this episode, we look at the art of creating your own music, recording yourself playing, and how to go about sharing it with the world.
  • Today’s Music Industry and Finding Your Fans, with Todd McCarty August 14, 2018 - Heat on the Street's Todd McCarty discusses success in the music industry: getting out there, getting heard, and building a strong fanbase.
  • About Playing Like Singing August 9, 2018 - Learn about how your singing voice and the language and inflection it contains can help you become a better, more expressive instrumentalist.
  • Musical Storytelling and the Art of Cabaret, with Fiona-Jane Weston August 7, 2018 - Musical U sits down with acclaimed cabaret performer Fiona-Jane Weston to discuss storytelling through song and the power of connecting to your audience.
  • About the Moods of Modes August 2, 2018 - How can we understand, hear, and improvise with the seven musical modes? In this episode, we discuss an easy ear-based approach to working with modes.
  • Inside the Jazz Mind, with Marshall McDonald of the Count Basie Orchestra July 31, 2018 - Musical U interviews jazz master Marshall McDonald of the Count Basie Orchestra on "talent", the key to improvisation, and how to play like you're singing.
  • About Frequencies in Music, Part Two July 26, 2018 - The Musicality Podcast revisits the topic of audio frequencies to discuss the two major reasons you will want to understand this useful concept.
  • Getting Under the Hood, with Leila Viss July 24, 2018 - 88 Piano Keys' Leila Viss discusses how to explore creativity in music, and the value of "stealing" ideas you love and applying them to your practice.
  • About Teachers, Coaches, and Mentors July 19, 2018 - What is the difference between a teacher, a coach, and a mentor? How can each contribute to your musical learning? Find out in this podcast episode.
  • Growing Into A Mighty Oak, with Andy Wasserman July 17, 2018 - Musician, composer, and educator Andy Wasserman discusses the Lydian Chromatic Concept, a theory that will forever change how you think about tonal music.
  • About Playing Multiple Instruments July 13, 2018 - Learning a second (or third, or fourth) instrument is one of the best things you can do to grow your musicality - learn why!
  • Folk, Frameworks, and Fun, with David Row July 10, 2018 - Musical U interviews Make Moments Matter's David Row on the Orff approach, an educational framework that centers the student's musicality and creativity.
  • About Frequencies in Music July 5, 2018 - What is the role of frequencies in music, and how do they help shape the type of sound you are hearing? Find out in this primer on audio frequencies.
  • Singing and Science: Busting Myths with Allan Hubert-Wright July 3, 2018 - Le Chanteur Moderne founder Allan Hubert-Wright busts some pervasive singing myths, and gives you the facts on correct breathing, vocal support, and more.
  • About Succeeding with Online Courses June 28, 2018 - So, you've found an online music course that appears to be the perfect fit for you! Learn about how to maximize your chances of success.
  • Getting Heard and Getting Paid, Your Way, with Bree Noble June 26, 2018 - Female Musician Academy founder Bree Noble shares her insights on how to get your music to your audiences - and make a living doing so.
  • About Polyrhythms June 21, 2018 - Get acquainted with polyrhythms, their uses in music, how to count them out, and why you should incorporate them into your repertoire.
  • Art and Opportunity, with Kendra McKinley June 19, 2018 - Musical U interviews singer-songwriter Kendra McKinley on her love of music and how she translated it into a successful career as a recording artist.
  • About Audiation June 14, 2018 - Audiation, or the skill of imagining music in your head, is an ability you already have! Discover the benefits it can have on your memory and performance.
  • Becoming Curious, with Sharon Mark-Teggart June 12, 2018 - Musical U interviews The Curious Piano Teachers' Sharon Mark-Teggart on the immense value of curiosity in both learning and teaching music.
  • About Choosing an Online Music Course June 7, 2018 - Learn how to choose an online music course that will complement your musical goals and provide you with the support you need.
  • Finding, Recovering and Maintaining Motivation, with David Brown June 5, 2018 - We talk to Piano Cub's David Asher Brown about how to maintain a strong commitment to your musical practice - especially in self-directed learning!
  • About the Word “Tone” (Part Two) May 31, 2018 - We look at three more common uses for the word "tone" in our second part of this series about the multipurpose music term.
  • What Your Voice Can Do, with Jeremy Fisher May 29, 2018 - Learn how you can develop your voice and improve your singing with Jeremy Fisher of acclaimed vocal education website Vocal Process.
  • About the Lydian Chromatic Concept May 24, 2018 - Get acquainted with the Lydian mode and the Lydian Chromatic Concept - and learn why the Lydian scale, rather than the major, is the true "base" scale.
  • The Musicality of Sitting on a Rock, with Andrew Bishko May 22, 2018 - We interview our own Andrew Bishko on his varied and fascinating career - which spans decades spent exploring, performing, creating, and teaching music.
  • About Playing By Ear with Trial and Error May 17, 2018 - We discuss the art of playing by ear, improving through making mistakes, and the tools you can use to accelerate your learning.
  • Off the page and back again, with Chris Owenby May 15, 2018 - We talk to Practice Habits' Chris Owenby about effective and enjoyable practice, and his tailored and student-oriented approach to teaching music.
  • About the Non-Musical Benefits of Music May 10, 2018 - In this podcast episode, we discuss the slew of benefits that playing music has on your health, social network, self-esteem, and general happiness.
  • Transforming Education through Music, with Jimmy Rotheram May 8, 2018 - Musical U interviews Jimmy Rotheram on improving academics through music education - and how he implemented his ideas at a poorly-performing school.
  • About the Word “Tone” May 3, 2018 - What is the meaning of the word "tone" in music? Turns out, there's many! Get acquainted with three of its possible uses.
  • Listen First, with Donna Schwartz May 1, 2018 - Musical U interviews saxophonist and music educator Donna Schwartz on the unique philosophy she brings to her teaching style.
  • About Scales and their Flavors April 26, 2018 - Have you wondered what makes each scale different? Discover the "flavor" and feeling that each type of scale can produce.
  • Discover Your Own Musical Creativity, with Forrest Kinney April 24, 2018 - Our interview with Forrest Kinney explores creativity in music, and the four ways through which you can express your musical ideas.
  • About Sight-Reading Music April 19, 2018 - This episode discusses the practice of sight reading, why it's useful, and how to learn it in a way that is musical, rather than mechanical.
  • The Instrument Inside You, with Ben Parry April 17, 2018 - Seasoned singer, arranger, and choir director Ben Parry talks ear training, approaching singing, and the unique requirements of a capella.
  • About Deliberate Practice in Music April 12, 2018 - What is deliberate and purposeful practice, and how can you put these concepts into action to make the most of your time spent with your instrument?
  • The Truth About Talent, with Professor Anders Ericsson April 10, 2018 - This episode was a really exciting one for us because we got to speak with Professor Anders Ericsson, the leading academic researcher on the topic of “talent”. If you’ve been listening to the Musicality Podcast for a while, then you know we have a particular perspective on “talent”, and we’re often asking our guests their […]
  • About Having a Roadmap April 5, 2018 - In this episode, we talk about the idea of musical roadmaps, and how they provide the structure necessary for any successful musical journey.
  • Follow Your Ear, with Dave Isaacs April 3, 2018 - The Musicality Podcast interviews JamPlay.com's Dave Isaacs on the trick to breaking improv, his advice for songwriters, and more.
  • About Learning to Improvise March 29, 2018 - This episode gives an overview on how you can use everything you've learned during this month's episodes to get started in learning improv.
  • Building Blocks of Improv, with Brenden Lowe March 27, 2018 - JazzPianoSchool.com's Brenden Lowe details his journey in jazz piano, and how he achieved freedom and creativity in his playing.
  • About Improvising with Structure and Phrasing March 22, 2018 - Learn how to structure your music, engage audiences, and bring out your musicality by using phrasing in your improvisation.
  • Tell Your Own Story, with David Wallimann March 20, 2018 - Composer, recording artist, and guitar educator David Wallimann shares his unique perspective on improvisation, and how to find your own musical voice.
  • About Improvising with Scales and Chords March 15, 2018 - Break free of scale-based improvisation with our harmony and chord tone-based approach to creating unforgettable licks on the fly!
  • How to Improvise For Real, with David Reed March 13, 2018 - Improvise For Real's David Reed details his own musical beginnings, the limitations of traditional music education, and how to improvise - the right way.
  • About Improvising Rhythm March 8, 2018 - Melody often gets all the attention in the world of improvisation, but rhythm is equally important! Learn about how to start improvising with rhythm.
  • How to “Just Play”, with Nick Mainella March 6, 2018 - Learn about improvisation from a pro! Musical U interviews Nick Mainella, jazz musician and creator of the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast.
  • About Improvisation March 1, 2018 - Improvisation is one of the most useful and sought-after skills a musician can add to their arsenal - get acquainted in this podcast episode!
  • Unleashing Inspiration, with Vincent James February 27, 2018 - Musical U interviews Vincent James, founder of Keep Music Alive and Teach Music Week, and a talented songwriter in his own right.
  • About Arranging Music February 22, 2018 - Arranging is not a complicated and advanced process reserved for the pros - learn how to create your own unique arrangements for songs you love!
  • Doubling Down on Your Craft, with Brad Davis February 20, 2018 - Musical U interviews guitar icon Brad Davis on his incredible career as a session player and songwriter, and how he created his signature guitar techniques.
  • About Meter in Music February 15, 2018 - This podcast episode looks at the concept of meter, how it relates to beats and bars, and how to start recognizing it in music.
  • More Ways of Knowing Music, with Jeremy Dittus February 13, 2018 - Musical U interviews Dr. Jeremy Dittus, founder of one of the leading schools in the United States that uses the hands-on Dalcroze method to teach music.
  • About Your Voice Sounding Weird February 8, 2018 - Have you ever recorded your singing, only for it to sound strange to your own ears? In this episode, we explain why this occurs and how to get past it.
  • All Things Vocal, with Judy Rodman February 6, 2018 - Musical U interviews Judy Rodman on her rich career in the vocal world, covering everything from singing professionally to vocal coaching and songwriting.
  • About the 12-Bar Blues February 1, 2018 - The 12-bar blues are the foundation that rock & roll was built on. Learn why this chord progression is so memorable, and how you can use it in songwriting!
  • How to Really Play Music, with Bill Hilton January 30, 2018 - Music educator Bill Hilton shares valuable insights into what really matters when learning music, and the surprising advantage that adult learners have.
  • About the Hook January 25, 2018 - The "hook" is the earworm that elevates the song to the status of "unforgettable". Learn all about the hook in this podcast episode!
  • Multi-coloured Music, with the HookTheory team January 23, 2018 - The Musicality Podcast interviews the creators of HookTheory, an incredible tool for songwriters that want to understand the theory behind their music.
  • About Grid Notation January 18, 2018 - Grid notation is an easy, visual way to understand drum beats and create your own rhythms. Learn the basics of this notation with Groove Pizza!
  • Top Musicality Tools and Tech, with Katie Wardrobe January 16, 2018 - Midnight Music founder Katie Wardrobe talks about how you can enrich your musical learning with the myriad of educational technology available today.
  • About Singing as a Tool January 11, 2018 - It doesn't matter if you're not planning on doing opera or fronting a band anytime soon - every musician has something to gain from learning to sing!
  • Singing that Sounds Good – and Beyond, with Davin Youngs January 9, 2018 - The Musicality Podcast interviews singing educator Davin Youngs on how he helps musicians express themselves through their voice.
  • About Active Listening January 4, 2018 - This episode of the Musicality Podcast focusses on the place that everyone should be starting their ear training journey from: active listening!
  • About the I, IV, V and vi Chords December 28, 2017 - Learn about the four chords that countless musical masterpieces have been built on, how they're named, and how you can craft tunes out of them yourself.
  • Turning Ordinary People into Musicians, with Casey McCann December 28, 2017 - The Musicality Podcast interviews music educator extraordinaire Casey McCann about how she developed musicality, and how she passes it on to her students.
  • Why and How to Learn Theory, with Matthew Scott Phillips and Jeremy Burns December 27, 2017 - We interview the minds behind the Music Student 101 podcast, Matthew and Jeremy, about music theory, ear training, and the value of doing a music degree.
  • About Transcribing Music December 14, 2017 - Taking music you hear and putting it onto paper doesn't need to involve complicated notation or a perfect re-creation. Learn about the art of transcription!
  • The Rhythm of Success, with Steve Nixon December 12, 2017 - Musician and music educator Steve Nixon talks rhythm, improvisation, and gives his own inspiring take on the great musical debate of hard work vs. talent.
  • About Good Music Habits December 7, 2017 - Learn four effective tips for making the most of your practice time, achieving your musical goals faster, and being the best musician you can be.
  • Finding and Sustaining Creativity, with David Andrew Wiebe December 6, 2017 - Writer, songwriter, and performer David Andrew Wiebe talks about creativity and inspiration, and the places where these elusive creatures can be found.
  • About Finding Chords in Scales November 30, 2017 - Understanding the relationship between scales and chords has numerous practical benefits. Learn how to easily go from one to the other using a simple trick!
  • A Toolbox of Musical Understanding, with Scott Sharp November 28, 2017 - The Musicality Podcast interviews Fretboard Toolbox creator Scott Sharp about his unique system for understanding notes and chords.
  • About Mindfulness for Musicians November 23, 2017 - Mindfulness goes a long way in playing music. Learn how to eradicate negative thought patterns so you can practice and perform at the best of your ability!
  • Note2Self: “I Love This!”, with Lisa McCormick November 21, 2017 - Sometimes, it's not your skills holding you back, but your mindset. Musician/teacher Lisa McCormick shares the secret of overcoming these mental barriers!
  • About the 10,000 Hour Rule November 16, 2017 - Does it really take 10,000 hours to become a master musician? We explore the truths and caveats of the rule, and how you can apply it to your practice.
  • Beyond the “Quick Fix”, with Ged Brockie November 14, 2017 - Professional musician and innovative music educator Ged Brockie shares his advice for resisting shortcuts and learning an instrument - the right way.
  • About Chord Tones November 9, 2017 - You may know your chords, but can you hear the individual notes present in each chord? We show you how to develop this skill and apply it to your playing.
  • How to Sing Smarter, with Meghan Nixon November 7, 2017 - Vocal coach Meghan Nixon explains how ear training, musicianship, and "singing smart" go hand in hand, and shares her framework for hitting the right notes.
  • About Recovering From Mistakes November 2, 2017 - Live performance is raw, exciting, and... sometimes imperfect. Learn how to not only recover from your mistakes, but own them with complete confidence!
  • Getting “Off Book”, with Melody Payne October 31, 2017 - In this podcast, plucky pianista Melody Payne shares the secret of breaking free of sheet music and adding your own spin to the songs you love.
  • About the Ear Training Trap October 26, 2017 - If you're losing enthusiasm with ear training, it's likely that you've fallen into the famous Ear Training Trap. Learn how to steer clear of this roadblock!
  • An Ear for Jazz, with Brent Vaartstra October 24, 2017 - Learn Jazz Standards' very own Brent Vaartstra shares the truth about learning to play jazz, and how lessons from jazz music carry over into other genres.
  • About Pentascales October 19, 2017 - The simple-yet-powerful pentascale is a staple in piano. Learn how these five notes can help you kick off your improvisation journey with a bang.
  • Finding the Notes Yourself, with Sara Campbell October 17, 2017 - Music educator and Musical U resident pro Sara Campbell shares her insights and tips for improvisation and playing by ear - for musicians of all levels!
  • About Finding Your Note October 12, 2017 - Finding "Your Note" is a simple exercise that will help lay the foundation for singing in tune, learning relative pitch, and even sight-singing. Try it out!
  • Learning to Sing in Tune, with George Bevan October 10, 2017 - If you've ever worried about being out of tune or off-key when you sing, don't miss this interview with a man who's found a solution.
  • About Learning Faster by Recording Yourself October 5, 2017 - There are three big reasons to record your music practice but it can be scary! Fortunately you can make it easy. Learn how in this episode.
  • Making Music with Ease, with Gerald Klickstein October 3, 2017 - Discover proven and practical techniques to accelerate your learning, overcome performance anxiety, and make learning music enjoyable and easy.
  • About Perfect Pitch September 28, 2017 - Perfect pitch (the ability to name notes by ear) is impressive and useful. But is something you can or should learn? Discover the truth here.
  • Making Ear Training a Game, with Steve Myers September 26, 2017 - Musical ear training is powerful but it can be slow, hard work. What if there was a better way. What if it could actually be a game?
  • About the Power of Solfa September 21, 2017 - Solfa is the do-re-mi system of naming notes and it's a powerful way for any musician to learn to recognise notes and chords by ear. Learn more here.
  • Seriously Enjoyable Music Learning, with Shelle Soelberg September 19, 2017 - What if learning music theory was a mind-blowing and immediately-useful experience? Shelle Soelberg from Let's Play Music reveals the key.
  • Musicality Podcast - About Whole and Half Steps About Whole Steps and Half Steps September 15, 2017 - As a musician you might have heard of "whole" and "half" steps, "major and minor seconds" or "tones and semitones". Learn how they can empower you in music.
  • Musicality Podcast - How to Hear and Play with Jermaine Griggs How to Hear And Play, with Jermaine Griggs (Hear and Play) September 14, 2017 - HearAndPlay is one of the leading websites for learning to play music by ear, especially Gospel. Learn how in this interview with Jermaine Griggs.
  • About Playing From a Lead Sheet September 13, 2017 - A lead sheet is a simplified score with just the melody, lyrics and chord symbols. Learning to play from one can unlock your musicality! Here's how.
  • A Mindset for Musicality, with Natalie Weber (Music Matters) September 12, 2017 - Have you felt intimidated by creative tasks like playing by ear and improvisation? Natalie from Music Matters Blog shares how she learned and you can too!
  • Welcome to the Musicality Podcast! September 11, 2017 - In this first episode of the new Musicality Podcast, Musical U founder Christopher Sutton introduces the show and shares what you can expect.
  • The Musicality Podcast Launch: Prize Giveaway! September 7, 2017 - This Monday sees the launch of the brand-new Musicality Podcast and we're celebrating with a huge prize giveaway! See details and enter to win.
  • Announcing: The Musical U Podcast! August 17, 2017 - To help you develop your musicality and feel like a "natural" in music we are launching an all-new Musical U podcast. Learn more here.

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