Merry Christmas from KCRB!











My college drum teacher, Doug Auwarter, told me, “a live performance is worth three lessons” and I agree wholeheartedly. There’s nothing like seeing another musician perform to give one new perspective. And I don’t think you can find another month of the year with as many opportunities to see live music as December–many of them free of charge. I’m going to list some notable ones here, but there’s really too many to count going on in KC this Christmas Season. So get out there and see some live music!

Merry Christmas, from all of us at KC Rock Band & Guitar School of Music!

Laura Lee Crandall

Upcoming Concerts in Kansas City

12/12 – 312th Army Band Holiday Concert – Ft. Leavenworth – 7pm
(a bit of a drive, but this is KCRB teacher Matt Crandall’s Army Band!)

12/12 – Sounds of Christmas in Liberty

12/12 – The Celtic Tenors – Folly Theater

12/12 – Big Band Holiday Gala – Hillcrest Country Club

12/13 – Evangel Church Christmas Concert
(KCRB teacher Laura Lee Crandall and three KCRB current and previous students are performing at this event!)

12/17 – Kansas City Symphony’s Christmas Festival

12/18 – David Benoit Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown

12/18 – Sons of Brazil – Blue Room

12/18 – William Baker Festival Singers – Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

12/1-24 – Kansas City Ballet – The Nutcracker

12/26 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Practice Tip of the Month

Practice the SAME DAY as your lesson

What? Practice when I just had a lesson? Didn’t I already reach my music quota for the day?!?!

Research shows that retention rates are CRAZY HIGH if you go home and practice the same day you had your lesson (90-95%, to be exact! Wait until the next day and it’s dropped to 70%). Every day you wait, more is forgotten. Think of how much faster you will progress if you implement this tip!

It doesn’t have to be a long practice session. Take 15 minutes to look over what you talked about in lesson, and play through it again! Your brain will thank you for it!

Most Christmas Carols are in the public domain, so you can print them off for free and play for your family and friends this Christmas! Check out these sites:




December 2015 Newsletter