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A first lesson on piano

A first lesson on piano

Within three minutes of a first lesson, our beginning students learn a song.  The song is really an exercise in disguise to get them using all ten fingers assigned to a five finger position.  We also use fun words personalized to their tastes. For some, this is Peanut...
Surprising Secrets From A Grammy Award-Winning Arranger

Surprising Secrets From A Grammy Award-Winning Arranger

An in depth conversation with jazz legend Gil Goldstein A few years ago, I met a man walking his two little dogs.  We got to talking and he told me his name was Gil.  He was a musician.  Hey, me too!    Over time, I began to get a bit more information.  Apparently, he...
Mysterious Hidden Cues Lurking in Your Students

Mysterious Hidden Cues Lurking in Your Students

Social creatures, us humans. But if you think words are enough, think again – body language and silence often tell you much more about a person. So, what does this mean for us teachers? Well, if you can’t read the nonverbal signs, it makes it very hard to help...
Can we redesign music education?

Can we redesign music education?

What if we could redesign music education? A designer’s goal is to make experiences simple, intuitive and accessible.  It’s all about creating an effective user experience. In many first lessons, teachers start with a symbolic language of staff, treble clef, whole...
How To Be A Better Music Teacher Part 3

How To Be A Better Music Teacher Part 3

So in my last two posts, we’ve discussed some ideas for becoming a better music teacher. In the first, we talked about focus and rejuvenation. And last time, we talked about structure. Today, we’ll talk about evaluating the structure and quality of a...
How To Be A Better Music Teacher Part 2

How To Be A Better Music Teacher Part 2

Ever tried to interview and hire a music teacher? Recently, I combed through hundreds of resumes responding to a simple offer for a part-time job.   It shocked me to see so many Masters and PhDs graduates responding to an offer for a $20/hour, part time position.   It...
How to Encourage Focus in Yourself and Your Students

How to Encourage Focus in Yourself and Your Students

How To Be A Better Music Teacher, (Part 1 of 3) “Focus!  Focus!  Focus!” Have you ever heard that?  Perhaps from a teacher?   Maybe you’ve said it yourself. Maybe you’ve even said it this week. We music teachers are all about focus.  It takes focus to teach, to...
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