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5 Tips for Magical, Musical Summer Practicing

5 Tips for Magical, Musical Summer Practicing

Ah, summer ­— the season of beach vacations, picnics, ice cream cones, and diligent music practice. Oh, wait – maybe not that last one there. In fact, with all of summer's fun activities and with some music students opting to take the summer off, it’s possible for a musical instrument to go days or even (gulp) weeks without attention. Luckily, whether you’re a music teacher, parent or music student, we have a few creative tips and ideas to keep music practice appealing during this sunny, summer season. Make it relevant. Baseball fan? Ask your young musician to try for a “single” by playing...

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45 > 30: The math behind successful music lessons

45 > 30: The math behind successful music lessons

At our flagship Pennsylvania music school, there are a few universal truths: 1) blue foam dice can make just about any activity fun 2) the Halloween Show is cuter than any cat video you can find on Youtube, and 3) standard lessons are forty-five minutes long. The first two are self-explanatory, but sometimes people wonder why our policy includes a lesson length of 45 minutes for all students aged 7 and older. After all, if you can fit a sitcom in thirty minutes, why not a piano lesson? The short answer is this: results. After offering twenty-five years of music...

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Free Meridee Winters Notequest™ Download!

Free Meridee Winters Notequest™ Download!

Try out our materials with a free sample! This month's sample comes from our forthcoming Notequest™ series of games. ***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD***

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Music as Language Arts Influenced Curriculum

Music as Language Arts Influenced Curriculum

We all have heard the saying that music is a universal language. I have always believed that music should be taught like a language, and I use a language arts curriculum as one of several inspirations in my method. Recent neurological research supports this approach, showing that the brain processes music in the same way it processes language. By utilizing the precepts of a language arts curriculum, students achieve better results in the fundamentals: reading and rhythm.   Language is for expression! What would language be without the ability to engage in conversation, state opinions, tell a joke or make...

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My Secret Plot to Rule the World.

My Secret Plot to Rule the World.

I’d like to share a letter I wrote for parents and students at one of our school concerts. In short, it is a mission statement, and this blog is just one small part of my mission for a more creative world. For years now, I have had a secret plot to take over the world. Bahahaha!!! All this time, you thought you were merely having music lessons, but something mysterious and magical was happening beneath the surface. The time has come to reveal my secret. My (not-so-evil) secret plan is to take over the world… with creativity. I plan to...

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