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As part of our commitment to music students and teachers, The Learning Musician publishes original feature stories covering a wide range of topics: interviews with notable players and teachers, articles on musicianship and pedagogy, and more.

So, we invite you: sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage, put some music on, and read for a while.

October 1, 2009This One Time, At Band Camp: Rocking out with Girls Rock! Seattle
Songwriter Mai Bloomfield recently spent a week in Seattle teaching girls aged 9-11 how to enjoy the camraderie and excitement of playing in a rock band. Some of the camp participants had never laid hands on an instrument before - yet by the end of the week they had formed bands, written original songs, and performed them together! For Mai, the experience was incredibly rewarding, although not without its challenges. In this article, Mai shares her experiences firsthand.
 
October 23, 2008My Trip to Mandolin Camp
Earlier this year, Seattle mandolin player Miller McNay went to the fifth annual Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz, California. A weeklong residential camp, the symposium offers mandolin players of many genres a chance to come together, learn from the world's best players, and play in a variety of ensembles. In this piece, Miller shares a firsthand account of this years's symposium.
 
May 12, 2007The Trumpet Shall Sound: Getting a Second Chance at Brass
As a child, Meg Wilkinson loved the sound of the trumpet - and the romance and bravado associated with the instrument. But she was discouraged from learning a "boy's instrument." Now, at age 52, Meg is learning the trumpet - and she couldn't be happier. Read her original essay to find out why.