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Academy Art Museum Offers Free Lecture on Science-Based Practice Strategies for Musicians  and New Open Mic Sessions

On Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m., the Academy Art Museum will offer a free lecture,The Science of Practice: 5 Ways to Hack Your Musical Brain,” presented by local musician and music educator, Raymond Remesch.  The lecture is designed for everyone from beginners to professional musicians, including children and adults.

Remesch comments, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? It turns out ‘practice practice practice’ isn’t the whole story.” He explains that playing something over and over and over isn’t particularly effective and is largely a waste of time.

In his multimedia presentation and discussion, Remesch will translate research of Sports Psychology and Neurology into practical practice strategies for musicians who want to get the most from their practice time. Beginning and professional musicians alike will leave with fresh ideas to take their practice routine to the next level.

On March 6 at 7 p.m., Remesch will lead the first Academy Art Museum Open Mic, a supportive space for makers and appreciators of music, dance, comedy, poetry and theater to network and share the thriving creativity of the Eastern Shore. All styles of performance are welcome. The Museum will provide a PA system, sound tech and a beautiful grand piano. Performers should arrive early if their performance will require tech beyond basic sound amplification. Acoustic instruments and percussion in the form of hand drums or a drum kit with brushes are encouraged. Leftover time will be allotted for an open jam session. This is a 21+ event. A reasonably priced selection of beer, wine and light fare will be served. Sign up begins at 7 p.m. and the first performer goes on at 7:30 p.m.  Each performance slot is a 10-minute time fame. Spoken word performers are asked to keep their performances to five minutes. Open Mic will be held on the first and third Mondays of March.

Raymond Remesch is a musician, recording engineer and music educator. After graduating a Linehan Artist Scholar with a B.A. in Music Education from UMBC in 2008, he has performed Jazz, Pop, Rock and Hip Hop music in many DMV-area venues, from the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Theatre to Twins Jazz and the 930 Club. He finds inspiration in the genius of classical masters, the vitality of jazz greats and the zeal of folk traditions.  Raymond teaches piano and guitar at the Academy Art Museum.

Registration is suggested for the lecture. For further information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.