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Looking for a way to bring some innovative cheer to your holiday-themed musical lineup? Why not plan and choreograph a holiday flash mob?

This can be a fun change if you want to ditch the typical holiday concert series and a way to inspire new practice and performance styles for your students. Flash mobs are enjoyable for everyone who participate – as well as the audience – bringing a little of the extraordinary into the ordinary, day-to-day routine.

 

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Is there anything more universal than music? It comforts us when we’re sad, and we use it to celebrate in times of joy. Music helps us power through chores and long trips. For musicians, you don’t have to be a virtuoso to express yourself artistically through your instrument.

But did you know that while music nourishes the soul, it also sharpens the mind? That’s right. Music is not only good – it’s good for you!

 

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School is back in session. It can be exciting. It can also feel like you're about to start doing the same thing all over again.

Here are five music teaching strategies you can use that will challenge your students and you.

 

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Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Standard music classroom organization consists of:

  • A chalkboard or whiteboard on a wall or two
  • The teacher's desk and some bookshelves in a corner
  • Room to store the instruments and related equipment
  • A big open space for chairs/risers and music stands.

However, there are other, cooler ways to organize your classroom space.

 

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For many teachers, adult students are the calm in the teaching storm. What a treat it is to spend time teaching students who are eager and willing to learn because their interest in the violin is entirely self-generated.


On the flip-side, there are things about adult music students that might surprise you. Being prepared by equipping your music instructor “toolbox” with helpful techniques and tricks, eases the way.

 

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Teaching someone with a hearing impairment how to play an instrument is not oxymoronic. It's challenging. But there's no reason to cut off people in this community from the rewards of learning an instrument. None of us are Beethoven, so let's not make the mistake of thinking it requires genius to bridge the gap between playing music and hearing what's being played.

 

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When the student body takes their summer vacation, diligent music educators use the newly available time to update lesson plans and find new, inspiring sources for curriculum, activities, learning games, and technical classroom applications.

Summertime is study time for music educators. To that effort, we’ve curated this handy array of lesson plan resources as you continue developing your music lesson repertoire.

 

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Private lessons have a notably positive impact on a string musician's progress and ability. First and foremost, private lessons provide customized – and differentiated – instruction for the string player, ensuring s/he remains at the edge of the learning curve.

 

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Summer is the time to relax and get a much-needed break from the daily bustle of kids, parents, administrators, and programs.

 

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Christmas Flash Mob Ideas for Music Teachers

Christmas Flash Mob Ideas for Music Teachers

Looking for a way to bring some innovative cheer to your holiday-themed musical lineup? Why not plan and choreograph a holiday flash mob?

This can be a fun change if you want to ditch the typical holiday concert series and a way to inspire new practice and performance styles for your students. Flash mobs are enjoyable for everyone who participate – as well as the audience – bringing a little of the extraordinary into the ordinary, day-to-day routine.

 

Read More

Why Music Can Keep Your Mind Healthy

Why Music Can Keep Your Mind Healthy

Is there anything more universal than music? It comforts us when we’re sad, and we use it to celebrate in times of joy. Music helps us power through chores and long trips. For musicians, you don’t have to be a virtuoso to express yourself artistically through your instrument.

But did you know that while music nourishes the soul, it also sharpens the mind? That’s right. Music is not only good – it’s good for you!

 

Read More

5 Top Music Teaching Strategies

5 Top Music Teaching Strategies

School is back in session. It can be exciting. It can also feel like you're about to start doing the same thing all over again.

Here are five music teaching strategies you can use that will challenge your students and you.

 

Read More

Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Teacher’s Corner: How to Guide Your Gifted Students to the Best Music Schools

Nurturing and supporting talented music students through high school, and then facilitating their launch to the best music school is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a music teacher. Deciding on which type of school to attend, and then which program is best for the individual student, can feel overwhelming to students and their parents.

 

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Teacher's Corner: Cool Ways to Organize Your Music Classroom

Teacher's Corner: Cool Ways to Organize Your Music Classroom

Standard music classroom organization consists of:

  • A chalkboard or whiteboard on a wall or two
  • The teacher's desk and some bookshelves in a corner
  • Room to store the instruments and related equipment
  • A big open space for chairs/risers and music stands.

However, there are other, cooler ways to organize your classroom space.

 

Read More

8 Techniques for Teaching Adult Learners the Violin

8 Techniques for Teaching Adult Learners the Violin

For many teachers, adult students are the calm in the teaching storm. What a treat it is to spend time teaching students who are eager and willing to learn because their interest in the violin is entirely self-generated.


On the flip-side, there are things about adult music students that might surprise you. Being prepared by equipping your music instructor “toolbox” with helpful techniques and tricks, eases the way.

 

Read More

Techniques for Teaching Students That are Hearing Impaired

Techniques for Teaching Students That are Hearing Impaired

Teaching someone with a hearing impairment how to play an instrument is not oxymoronic. It's challenging. But there's no reason to cut off people in this community from the rewards of learning an instrument. None of us are Beethoven, so let's not make the mistake of thinking it requires genius to bridge the gap between playing music and hearing what's being played.

 

Read More

Music Lesson Planning Sources

Music Lesson Planning Sources

When the student body takes their summer vacation, diligent music educators use the newly available time to update lesson plans and find new, inspiring sources for curriculum, activities, learning games, and technical classroom applications.

Summertime is study time for music educators. To that effort, we’ve curated this handy array of lesson plan resources as you continue developing your music lesson repertoire.

 

Read More

The Benefits of Private Music Lessons

The Benefits of Private Music Lessons

Private lessons have a notably positive impact on a string musician's progress and ability. First and foremost, private lessons provide customized – and differentiated – instruction for the string player, ensuring s/he remains at the edge of the learning curve.

 

Read More

Summer 2019 Reading List for Music Educators

Summer 2019 Reading List for Music Educators

Summer is the time to relax and get a much-needed break from the daily bustle of kids, parents, administrators, and programs.

 

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