Christine Smith is the Sound & Music Director/Composer-in-Residence for RPR Studios. Her work has been heard in award-winning films, commercials, and promotional videos. In 2019 she became co-founder and co-owner of Frosted Lens Entertainment, an entertainment and informational content development company. She is currently the host and editor of the podcast "Musicians vs the World" where she explores the many aspects of Musician life.
A classically trained pianist, Christine studied with concert pianists Adelina Krivoshena and Asya Markova in her youth. She continued her studies in Piano Performance at Brigham Young University studying with Dr. Jeffrey Shumway and Dr. Scott Holden.
Since then Christine has enjoyed performing in solo recitals and in collaboration with various musicians, bands, and ensembles across the country. Though her first love is classical music, she has had the pleasure of working and learning from great musicians of all genres. She has performed as soloist, collaborator, and conductor. And because she loves teaching almost as much as she loves performing, she coaches a few favorite piano students in her home-town studio.
When should a learning difference prevent a person from being successful in music lessons? Short answer? Never. Many times, small adjustments and accommodations can be made by music teachers to make lessons accessible for their neurodivergent students. Dr. Shannon McDonald is an educator, advocate, and avid researcher in the field of clarinet pedagogy. In today's episode, she shares her pedagogical guide on learning differences in the private music studio, in hopes of helping music teachers gain knowledge and confidence when teaching all of their students.
Forget what the stories say, there is nothing romantic about being a starving artist! As the vast majority of professional musicians are self-employed or free-lancers, being able to make enough income to survive is always on the mind. This is especially true at the beginning of a new year, when many people take stock of their lives and make goals for the future. In today’s episode, Nicole Riccardo (musician, marketing strategist, and business coach) makes the case for looking outside the box for diversifying income streams. She and Christine discuss passive vs active income, ideas for diverse income streams, going from inspiration to income, and making your career fit your life, not the other way around!
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