How to get concepts to stick for music students

How to make concepts more sticky for music students

What cognitive disfluency teaches us?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while.

We are drowning in information these days. There’s so much information that our eyes glaze over.

The boards of education of every school district in America are touting the importance of having information about student attendance, test scores, reading ability, curriculum, assignments, and so on. And everywhere, we see charts, graphs, and tables. How can we keep up?

It’s so easy to put all this information into a pretty chart, but do we really understand it?

The Educational Benefits of Ugly Fonts

A few years ago, I read an interesting article in Wired called The Educational Benefits of Ugly Fonts. They discussed a research study where student volunteers were told to read some information.

Pictogram: How to get more music students?

A pictogram of ideas for marketing for music teachers

I was inspired by a conversation I had last week with a music teacher I’m coaching.  We discussed ideas for marketing and I began spouting ideas off the top of my head.  As an E, for extroverted thinker  (Myers Briggs scale)  this happens a lot.  I don’t even know what I’m thinking until it’s coming out of my mouth!

Take a look at the ideas on this pictogram/mind map and see what comes up in you.  The best part of a mind map is that often, ideas on the map will lead to new better ideas.  I like to call these stepping stone ideas.  You get a few of these stepping stones that are not really great, but then they lead you to something that’s a whopper!

I first discovered mind maps from a book Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Rico  She called them clusters and I instantly fell in love with the process.  

How do I know what to say on my music teaching website?


What To Say On Your Music Teacher profile or website?

As I talk to my music teacher coaching clients, I’ve heard many of the same questions.  One of these questions is, “What do I say on my website?”  Or “What should I put on my profile?

Once upon a time you could make a simple poster, put them up around the neighborhood and voila, students would appear!

Those days are long gone.  Nowadays, most students are seeking teachers through their smartphone.  Whoever lands at the top of the search engine wins.  Or at least they get a look.  And when they get there, they want to read something.