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Escape the Winter "Blahs" With These 5 Tips for Your Music Lessons

Escape the Winter "Blahs" With These 5 Tips for Your Music Lessons

Shorter days, gray skies, months to go until popsicle season… the winter blues (and “blahs!”) are real, and can find their gloomy way into your music lessons. Some students may think that they want to quit during this time, but giving them an outlet for their feelings and adding some fresh fun can turn around even the most hum-drum of lessons. Check out these five tips to escape the winter “blahs” and create some great music while you do! Tip #1: Fight the “blahs” with the blues! While many people associate February with Valentine’s Day and love, it’s refreshing and fun to...

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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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Music Students With ADHD: Playing (Music) to Their Strengths

Music Students With ADHD: Playing (Music) to Their Strengths

  As a former schoolteacher, and after several decades as a music educator and author, I can tell you this: every student comes with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. For students with ADHD, many educational approaches focus on the latter. My method, and the advice I offer in this article are different – I believe that focusing on the learning strengths of ADHD learners, in addition to their difficulties, will lead to less struggle, more joy and better results. For ADHD students, who are often gifted in creativity and adventurousness, you may already be aware of challenges...

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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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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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