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Practical Advice for Adult, Self-Taught Musicians

Judy Minot

Judy Minot plays piano, accordion (piano and diatonic), and violin in a range of styles from jazz to Celtic and contra. Current groups include:


Kestrel - English country dances.

John Burkhalter (recorders), Judy Minot (piano), Paul Morrissett (violin), Mary Roth (concertina)


Kitchen Bridge - eclectic folk-y tunes and well-chosen songs

Wolf Hul (violin, mandolin, vox), Judy Minot (piano, accordions, violin, vox), Mark Wilber Stewart  (bouzouki, guitar, violin, vox)

Judy has played Celtic/Irish music with Patrick Clifford and Fiona Tyndall, and in various other groupings including contra and English dances. She annually leads the pickup contra dance band at Folk College and the Accordion Arkestra at Northeast Squeeze-In.

Judy is the author of Best Practice: Inspiration and Ideas for Traditional Musicians.  She holds a 4th degree black belt in the martial art of Kokikai Aikido, which she taught at Rutgers University for 12 years. She is also a certified yoga teacher. 

Judy believes in removing the stigma associated with the “amateur” musician. Being an accomplished and dedicated musician does not mean you have to make a living by it. She herself had a long and successful career in broadcast television and later in digital marketing. She edited music videos, entertainment specials and documentaries, many of which can be found on IMDB. Artists included Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan, Ozzy Osbourne, Regina Belle, John Mellencamp, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Cyndi Lauper, Donny Osmond, Rush, Shania Twain, Tony Bennett and Dr. John. She went on to produce, direct and write for cable and broadcast television, including for Martha Stewart, CBS News and many recording industry clients. 

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