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How Much Should You Charge?

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I have been asked by fellow musicians how I come up with pricing for the different things I am hired to do. This could be anything from performing live, recording for a client, teaching lessons, giving a clinic/masterclass or anything that requires your time and your skills or expertise. This month’s post will help you figure out how to set your prices so when someone asks you to work for them you aren’t caught out fumbling around for numbers. Continue reading How Much Should You Charge?

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Staying Fit And Eating Healthy On The Road!

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As a professional musician, I travel a lot. Domestically and internationally. This means my schedule is constantly changing. I have had to be flexible with my day to day activities (like practicing, learning new music, paying bills, sleeping, etc), but most importantly with taking care of my body so that I can continue to travel the world playing drums. This includes my physical fitness routine as well as my eating habits. Fortunately for me, one of my very good friends is a personal trainer who has worked with professional athletes from the NBA and NFL, and my mother is an RN in the field of infectious disease control, working with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and top doctors. I have not gotten sick in over a year, and my pants size has only gone up one number from high school (32 to a 33). I’m going to share the tips I use to keep this music making machine running in tip top shape.

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Mastering Sight-Reading Made Easy!

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After helping a lot of my students with their auditions, sight-reading is what instilled fear in almost all of them. I’m not saying you can’t be a great musician if you don’t know how to read music or read extremely well, but you will be missing out on many gigs and opportunities to make more money. There are plenty of heavy intensive reading gigs that you are saying no to if you choose not to get your reading chops up to speed. This post will give you things to think about when approaching your reading, as well as helpful methods to improving your reading quickly and efficiently.

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Become a Better Musician With These Practice Tips (in less time)

Allen-Iverson_PracticeDo you hate to practice? Well you’re not alone. I don’t know very many people that get excited to practice the same way that they get excited to perform. When you’re practicing, it is usually alone, probably doesn’t sound good (at first), and is tedious (and possibly boring) among other things. Whereas when you perform, there are people watching, giving instant gratification of your talents, can be done with other musicians, and sounds polished and perfected. So how do you turn your practice time into a more enjoyable event? Continue reading Become a Better Musician With These Practice Tips (in less time)

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8 Pro Tax Tips for Musicians to Make You Money! 2/15/14

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Since tax time is approaching, I figured this would be a good platform to offer some pro-tips about filing your taxes as a self-employed musician. I didn’t go to school for any sort of math degree, and in no way am anything close to a C.P.A. What I can offer here are some things to think about and look into, as you get ready to file. I will try to keep this relatively brief, as I’m sure you don’t want to read about this for hours. Believe me, I would much rather nerd out about drum gear or recipes or hundreds of other things than taxes. However, the last thing you need is the IRS knocking at your door threatening to put you in jail. Just ask Wesley Snipes or Martha Stewart. Continue reading 8 Pro Tax Tips for Musicians to Make You Money! 2/15/14