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The Meridee Winters Music Method

"Unplug" With Music Lessons

"Unplug" With Music Lessons

  4 Hours, 36 Minutes. Is that a marathon time? Or how long it takes to assemble an Ikea nightstand? Actually, that’s the average daily screen time for an 8-12 year old in the US. (The under eight crowd clocks in at 2 hours and 19 minutes.) In 2018, media and screen time is unavoidable, and don’t worry – this isn’t a blog post about the evils of digital media. It’s just a post about the value of “unplugged,” offline moments – specifically those spent with an instrument. Music lessons offer some important developmental opportunities that our digital devices don’t:...

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Music Teachers, Your Work Has an Impact.

Music Teachers, Your Work Has an Impact.

  Music teachers, we salute you. We know that teaching of any kind is noble but tough work. Teaching an instrument, while full of glorious moments like a moving improvisation, a mastery of a tough piece or even a child’s joyful smile, can also have its moments of (literal) discord. We thought we’d remind you of the positive impact you’re having on your students, and the future.   Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. In its article, “Is Music the Key to Success?” the New York Times took at a look at the innovators behind companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and...

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Five Great Holiday Gifts that Promote Music (and Don’t Require a Trip to Toys R Us)

Five Great Holiday Gifts that Promote Music (and Don’t Require a Trip to Toys R Us)

  There’s a certain joy that comes along with gift giving. That is, until you have to brave a mall parking lot in late December, or struggle with what to get that hard to read sister in law. Luckily there’s a secret weapon, one that’s also of the joyful variety: MUSIC. Here are five (mall-free) easy music gifts to try out this season.  A surprise performance. This music gift is free, and especially lovely when delivered by young kids. Plan an impromptu performance of a favorite holiday tune for a visiting relative (they can unwrap a gift with a small...

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Food for Thought: An easy Thanksgiving piano lesson activity that makes practicing fun

Food for Thought: An easy Thanksgiving piano lesson activity that makes practicing fun

  Ah, Thanksgiving. A time of gratitude, family… and gravy. Why not incorporate the holiday (and all its trimmings) into your Thanksgiving music lessons to make the practice sessions especially exciting? This easy Thanksgiving piano lesson activity will do just that. You’re already a fan of the Meridee Winters Homework Book and Practice Trackers, we hope. (If not, what are you waiting for? Check out this great tool and boost progress immediately!) If you’ve used it, you already know that the layout makes it easy to list assignments, write out music, add notes and even track practice, all while making...

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(Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Lessons: Three Simple Activities to Add Creativity to Your Halloween Music Lessons

(Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Lessons:  Three Simple Activities to Add Creativity to Your Halloween Music Lessons

  The winter holidays are known for their extensive song catalog, with iconic tunes like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Dreidel Song, and Auld Lang Syne. Other holidays though, like Halloween, are also a rich time for music, and a perfect time to engage your imagination. Creativity, and helping music students discover and build it, is the keystone principal of the Meridee Winters Method. Here, we’ll show you a few activities that are purposefully playful; they’re fun and imaginative, yet build musical skills while engaging higher-level thinking and creativity. We invite you to download our free example activity/song (with bonus duets!),...

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