9 episodes

Pasadena Conservatory of Music alums, Ashley Cheng and Erica Lee, will dive into their experiences with music study during this time, music performance and practice, classical music in entertainment, and much more with occasional interviews with guests. For the lowdown on life as a music student, our take on musical movies and TV shows, or anything to do with— you guessed it— music, tune into Practice Break on your practice breaks.

Practice Break with Erica and Ashley Erica Lee and Ashley Cheng

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Pasadena Conservatory of Music alums, Ashley Cheng and Erica Lee, will dive into their experiences with music study during this time, music performance and practice, classical music in entertainment, and much more with occasional interviews with guests. For the lowdown on life as a music student, our take on musical movies and TV shows, or anything to do with— you guessed it— music, tune into Practice Break on your practice breaks.

    A Film Music Finale: Classical vs. Film, Favorite Scores, and Joe Hisaishi

    A Film Music Finale: Classical vs. Film, Favorite Scores, and Joe Hisaishi

    A season finale deserves an epic topic, so for the last episode of Season 1 of Practice Break, Erica and Ashley are joined by guests Andrew Zhao and Sam Ostroff to talk about the distinctions between film and classical and share all their favorite scores.

    • 47 min
    College App Survival Guide (the music stuff): Tips on prescreening recordings, writing personal statements, and live auditions

    College App Survival Guide (the music stuff): Tips on prescreening recordings, writing personal statements, and live auditions

    To those considering music school— this episode is for you! This week, Erica and Ashley recount their experiences with the intense college application process for prospective music majors, from prescreening recordings to live auditions. Tune in to hear their audition success (and horror) stories, and for tips on navigating the whole darn thing.

    • 35 min
    Let’s Talk: The Classical Canon vs. New Music

    Let’s Talk: The Classical Canon vs. New Music

    Although it may evoke associations limited to the likes of Bach and Beethoven, classical music is very much a living, ever-changing thing. So today, Erica and Ashley are joined by guests Sarah Koo and Sam Ostroff to discuss the implications of the classical canon and the importance of new works in our musical age today. Tune in to hear their stories on working with living composers, experiences with writing music today, and new music recommendations!

    • 32 min
    How to Survive Social Distancing: Online Learning, Plant Parenting, and Animal Crossing

    How to Survive Social Distancing: Online Learning, Plant Parenting, and Animal Crossing

    It’s time to get real — as schools across America are officially declaring online plans for the fall semester, many performing arts students and faculty will be staying home again and facing new challenges. But fear not! This week, Erica and Ashley are discussing their thoughts on online music learning and how to make the most of it, as well as their favorite stay-at-home hobbies they’ve picked up since being in quarantine :)

    • 32 min
    Erica and Ashley’s Top Classical Picks

    Erica and Ashley’s Top Classical Picks

    What’s a classical music podcast without playing actual pieces? In this episode, Erica and Ashley share their current favorite classical works and play a few excerpts. Get to know new gems or revel over old favorites through a truly immersive, euphonious experience. If you enjoy hearing from Erica and Ashley, feel free to connect with Erica and Ashley via email at elee@pasadenaconservatory.org for questions and suggestions :)

    • 33 min
    TV Show Review: Nodame Cantabile

    TV Show Review: Nodame Cantabile

    TV binge session, but make it classical. You’ve heard about what it’s like to be a musician in college, but what about watching it? This week, Erica and Ashley will be reviewing the first episode of Nodame Cantabile, a Japanese live-action adaptation of the original animated series. If you enjoy hearing from Erica and Ashley, feel free to connect with Erica and Ashley via email at elee@pasadenaconservatory.org for questions and suggestions :)

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

ajb2798 ,

Thank you for sharing

As a music student parent, I love hearing your experiences growing up as music students. Thank you so much for sharing.

Hejustin ,

So professional, clean, and entertaining!

Erica and Ashley really have put together something special here. As a college musician, I can relate heavily with each of their points/topics. On top of that, the flow and direction they carry during each episode is so professional. This podcast is produced so well! I didn’t know these guys before but now, I am a big fan.

jk64829287 ,

So fun to listen to!

Ashley and Erica do a fantastic job hosting this podcast and sharing their experiences and thoughts on all things music :)

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