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Music School Boulder CO

Music schools provide lessons in music history, music technology, composition, musicianship, music theory, chamber music and more. See below to find music schools in Boulder that give access to early childhood music programs, adult music learning programs, as well as advice and content on music education.

University of Colorado - Boulder
(303) 735-2283
Boulder CO
Boulder, CO

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Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts
(303) 665-0599
Lafayette CO
Lafayette, CO

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Naropa Institute (Naropa Institute - Music)
(800) 772-6951
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO
 
Parlando School For The Arts
(303) 442-0006
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO

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DrumTime Colorado Inc.
(303) 594-8246
11076 Maple Rd
Lafayette, CO

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Boulder Arts Academy
(303) 449-9291
Boulder CO
Boulder, CO

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University of Colorado - Boulder (College of Music - University of Colorado at Boulder)
(303) 492-6352
College of Music Building 18th and Euclid 301
Boulder, CO
 
Boulder Suzuki Strings
(303) 499-2807
2705 Stanford Ave
Boulder, CO

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Kutandara Center
(303) 443-2969
5401 Western Ave Ste B
Boulder, CO

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Rocky Mountain Ctr-Musical Art
(303) 665-0599
200 E Baseline Rd
Lafayette, CO

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Reaching For The Soul Zone

Reaching For The Soul Zone
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

Every searching artist wants to get there. It's that magical place where something takes over, you know, when something bigger than you whispers in your ear and says "Relax - I'll take it from here!"

I like to call it the 'soul zone', others simply call it the 'zone', I'm sure there are many other names for it.

For those of you who don't know what the heck I'm talking about, it is the ultimate state to be in as an improviser. You might have played a gig and gone through the motions and nothing particularly interesting sprung from you. You might have played a solo at a different time and place and thought you said some pretty interesting things. But then you'll probably remember those times when you played a solo and something absolutely magical happened. Maybe you closed your eyes and you went off into this magical mysterious place where nothing else mattered. While you were playing you felt like you were in the middle of a 'happening'. Your tone was just right, your phrasing was great and it seemed like you were truly improvising for the first time in a long while. And strangely enough, at the end of your solo, you look up and you can't remember a thing you just played. Then the band members look at you with a big smile of approval. You were in a completely altered state, or so it seemed.

Does this situation sound familiar to you? If so, you have experienced the soul zone. One of those trance like states that every searching musician is trying to get back to. It's the spiritual realm. And we would like it to happen more often than it does.

There's no question about it, this experience may well be one of the factors determining why so many musicians have turned to drugs and alcohol in the past. That Zen like state seems to be one of the reasons musicians play music at all. Of course the good news is that you can get there without the substance abuse!

The question I have always asked is this: "Why does this zone only come about from time to time?" I think there are a number of reasons.

First and most important I think is the fact that there are so many distractions when we play. I have found that as my career got busier as an artist, I was sometimes taking on the role of artist, manager and agent. By the time I got on stage I was finally having to think about entertaining, whilst asking myself all sorts of things like "Am I losing the audience? Do they like this song and if not should I cut it from the set? - have I brought enough people to this show? Is the promoter seething with anger - will she book me ever again? How many CDs am I selling over there? Should I be promoting my CD more during the show? Am I funny witty and charming on stage - dammit do they like me at all??" Yiiiikkes heeeeeellllllppp!!

As you can imagine, this scenario doesn't exactly make for a Zen like transce...

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