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Music School Springfield MA

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

Community Music School of Springfield
(413) 732-8428
Springfield MA
Springfield, MA

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Northhampton Community Music Center Inc.
(413) 585-0001
Northamptom MA
Northamptom, MA

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Elms College ( Division of Humanities and Fine Arts)
(413) 594-2761
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA
Mount Holyoke College (Music at Mount Holyoke)
(413) 538-2000
50 College Street
Hadley, MA
Smith College (Smith College - Department of Music)
(413) 584-2700
7 College Lane
Northampton, MA
Westfield State College
(413) 597-4049
Westfield MA
Westfield, MA

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Springfield College (Springfield College - Visual and performing arts department)
(413) 748-3000
263 alden street
springfield, MA
Holyoke Community College (Holyoke Community College - Music Program )
(413) 538-7000
303 Homestead Ave
Holyoke, MA
Westfield State College (Music Department at Westfield State College)
577 Western Ave.
Westfield, MA
Hampshire College (Hampshire College - music program)
(413) 559-5471
893 West Street
Amherst, MA
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Reaching For The Soul Zone

Reaching For The Soul Zone
By Chris Standring ( )

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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