Dr. Chris Granias, February 2021 Featured Teacher

Dr. Chris Granias Piano, Composition, Music Theory Check out Dr. G’s Profile! How long have you been teaching? I have been teaching since 1979.   Which Opus Music Academy locations do you work? Do you have your own studio? If so, where is it located? Do you...

Pat Balder, January 2021 Featured Teacher

Pat Balder Instructor of Voice, Guitar, Audio and Music Production, Songwriting and Composition, and Music Theory Check out Pat’s Profile! How long have you been teaching? On and off for 30 years. Never full-time. I started with Opus in August of 2020.  ...

Re-Imagining Stage Fright From a Positive Perspective

Written by Ben Beaver I had originally thought to call this piece something like “Overcoming” or “Conquering” Stage Fright, because it sounds like a more robust and definitive solution to an age old problem. But I long ago came to the conclusion that stage fright is...

Sleeping with Sirens Concert

Written by Trinity Grewell   A few years ago, I went to my second concert ever; Sleeping with Sirens. They are a punk rock band who originated in Orlando, Florida. Their lead singer, Kellin Quinn, is very well known within the emo teenager audience. I had been...

A Disney Experience from Orchestra Hall

Written by Trinity Grewell   On Friday, November 30th, I attended Orchestra Hall in Downtown Minneapolis with my mom, Kathy Petersen, and my younger brother to see the Disney Pixar film Up, with the music being performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra. (If you...

Music in Pop Culture: Melanie Martinez

Written by Trinity Grewell   Pop music is taking a turn toward a more alternative perspective, and one amazing example of alternative pop music is Melanie Martinez. A native New-Yorker, Melanie grew up singing and playing guitar as well as writing her own songs....

Musical Memes

Written by Trinity Grewell   As a viola player, I often face backlash from the musical community simply because the viola is an “inferior” instrument. My way to cope with this backlash is with humor, specifically memes that are related to music. I have an entire...

Top 12 Tips for Performing Live Music

Written by Ethan Teel, Instructor and Writer for Opus Music Academy  On May 31st, 2014; my alternative rock band, The Owl-Eyes, had our first live gig in front of an audience. At the time of our first gig, I was excited to see that after months of searching for...