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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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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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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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