Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
If you have ever taken lessons with any sort of instrument, you have likely been told that it is not enough to simply take lessons. You must also put in the time and effort outside of your lessons to practice! Whether you are a singer, an instrumental musician, an actor, an athlete, a sculptor, a painter, etc., the only way to improve is through practicing your craft.

The most successful performers in history got to where they did, not through talent alone, but with more practice than you might expect. In fact, it was Louis Armstrong who said, “If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.”

Now, if you are reading this, you are likely not being held to the same standard as Louis Armstrong. However, this principle applies to all performers, regardless of skill or experience! From the seasoned stage veteran to the six-year-old in their beginning piano lessons, the quickest route to success is practice.

So how much should you be practicing? That is a question that every artist asks at one point or another, and the answer is not a simple one. Basically, it boils down to this: You get out what you put in. If you practice for 3 hours a day, you will improve much faster than if you practice 30 minutes a week.

That being said, everyone is different. Some people pick up skills more quickly than others. Some people can only handle short periods of practice at a time before they get frustrated or bored. While practice is essential for any performer, it’s also important to know your own limits so you can keep your fire lit!

Particularly with young artists, just starting out with their instrument, it can be difficult to find the motivation to practice. The fact is, it’s just not as much fun to play scales for hours on end as it might be to jam out with your favorite album. When you’re just starting out, you’ll find that you have a hard time learning more difficult techniques, because the foundation is still missing.

Performance is a craft in which countless individuals throughout history have found their happiness. Some were lucky enough to enjoy the practice, but most were not. It can be years of hard work before you ever see a payoff for your effort, but when you finally see the reward for your work it can be the most magical experience of your life.
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
We're looking for wonderful new piano teachers to join our team. Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts, one of NC's largest and most professional private music education institutions, seeks piano teachers to teach private lessons. Ability to work with beginning students and intermediate students highly desireable. Flexible hours, excellent pay and a supportive, professional work environment. Salary ranges from $27/hour to $33/hour depending on experience of applicant.

May be eligible for a special signing bonus now. send resume to: for details.
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Mark your calendars!

As a part of CHSMA's "Broadway in Concert" series, "A Little Princess" goes up in just two weeks! More behind-the-scenes info and pictures to come in the coming days.

Admission is FREE

A Little Princess, composed by Andrew Lippa and based on the beloved children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is the story of a little girl with a great big imagination in the Victorian Era. Separated from her father, and her home in Africa, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London.

When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue – helping to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery.

As the girl wins the affection of the other students she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress; Sara is made a servant to the institution when her father is reported dead and his fortune seized. Sara counters all Miss Minchin’s best efforts to degrade her with the grace and virtue of a little princess.
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
The time is officially here! Today marked the first day of actor auditions for CHSMA's 2019 Holiday show, "A Charlie Brown Christmas!"

Musician auditions will be held later in the month on 10/23 and 10/27.

There is still time to reserve an audition time! Head to for more information.


Q. What is this show about? A. Based off of the classic television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the play follows the cast of Peanuts and Charlie Brown’s search for the true meaning of Christmas. The play will also feature holiday music performed by CHSMA students.

Q. What is the time commitment? A. We are conservatively planning on two weekday rehearsals a week for actors (excluding Thanksgiving Week) from 5PM – 8PM. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal. Musician groups will coordinate their rehearsal time based on mutual availability. Musicians and actors will be required to attend a full dress rehearsal shortly before the performance date and will need to be available all day on Saturday, December 14th for both performances.

Q. What are the chances of me being cast/selected? A. If you’re interested, we want you to audition. You do not need previous performance experience or a perfect audition to be considered.

Q. May I audition both as an actor and musician? A. Yes! That said, you may need to sign up for (and attend) two audition times. Zack is running the acting auditions. Sharon Szymanski is in charge of the music auditions. If you wish to audition for both, please email as he may be able to schedule you for a time where both he and Sharon can observe.

Q. You mentioned musical acts. Can I audition with other musicians I’d like to work with? A. Yes! If you have a group of peers that would like to perform together, you may audition together (or audition separately and note your desire to work together on your audition paperwork).

Q. Who is running the show? A. CHSMA’s talented acting instructor Zachary Cook will be directing this production. Sharon Szymanski will serve as Music Director, Salome Sandoval will serve as Student Musician Coordinator, and Melissa Dombrowski will manage the production and help with turning the lights off and on again.

Q. I have more questions. Who do I contact? A. Zachary Cook. His email is
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Join us on Sunday, November 3rd at 4:00 for our annual Musical, Magical Halloween Party!

This party is a huge hit with our younger students every year! Admission is free, but attendees still need to RSVP so we now how many students to prepare for.

Visit: to reserve your spot today!
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts

Auditions for CHSMA's 2019 Holiday Performance, A Charlie Brown Christmas, begin next week!

We are looking for CHSMA students for actors AND musicians.

Visit for more information!