For many musicians, performing for an audience is fun. It’s a great way to show off their skills, and it’s a great way to celebrate achievement. You just walk out on stage … play a few songs … and you’re done. Easy, right? Well … not for everyone. For some musicians, one of the biggest [...]
Every music teacher faces this issue. At some point, a student will “hit the wall.” And their spinning wheels and slow progress can be frustrating … for everyone. So it’s essential that you know what to do. In some ways, your students struggles are your own. If they’ve “hit a wall,” it may mean that [...]
Almost every music class has one. A gifted student who learns at lightning speed. At first, you may be thrilled by their progress. But if you’re not prepared, these dream students can turn into nightmares. Early in your music program, you might give advanced students a lot of kudos. You might even make them a [...]
Do you teach multiple students? And do they interact with each other? If you want to promote excellent musicianship, then you need to ban a seriously bad habit in the classroom … gossip. Kids love gossip. (And let’s face it, adults do, too.) So it can be hard to stop. But if you don’t remove [...]
If you’re new to music lessons, then you may be facing the big question—should I rent an instrument … or buy? Given instrument prices, this decision you make is no small thing. In some ways, renting better. And in other ways, buying is ideal. So read the following list of pros and cons, and you’ll [...]
Buying a musical instrument can be scary. Seriously. Many instruments aren’t cheap. And there seems to be a million options out there. So how can you get the perfect instrument … at a good deal? I’ve gotten some bad deals in my day. And some of them slapped me so hard it still stings. So [...]
Let’s face it … making music can be expensive. And some of the biggest drains on your wallet are recurring maintenance costs. These expenses just go with the territory, of course. But they can sting if they come as a surprise. So here is a heads up on some of the most common hidden costs: [...]
Every parent is faced with the responsibility—and privilege—of raising their kids to be solid, young adults. On the one hand, it’s an exciting opportunity. But on the other hand, the responsibility can be downright scary at times. In today’s world of technology, media, and modern conveniences, it’s hard to keep young people focused on positive [...]
Did your mother ever tell you that “you are what you eat?” People say this so much that it’s now a cliché. But the truth is you really are what you eat … literally. The foods that you consume are what fuel your body. So it’s important to know what you’re taking in. Whether you [...]
Have you heard? Music and the arts have taken a beating recently. Funding has been slashed (in public schools anyway). And it feels like music teachers stand closest to the chopping block. So in today’s economy, how on earth could you ever get a raise? After all, most people are simply hoping to survive … [...]
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- Why the tonic chord (I) is essential October 8, 2012
- The 4 main reasons to jam April 26, 2013
- Teaching ideas – one concept at a time April 26, 2013
- How to avoid stage fright May 1, 2013
- What to do when your student “hits the wall” May 1, 2013
- The hidden danger of star students May 1, 2013
- Beware of this motivation killer May 1, 2013
- To rent or to buy: that is the question May 1, 2013
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