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Help! My Student Doesn’t Have Their Recital Song Mastered.

Help! My Student Doesn't Have Their Recital Song Mastered

It’s that time of year & many studios are working towards one goal.  Making sure students have their recital song mastered.  Or, songs depending on the size of the studio.  Sometimes I wonder who is more stressed before the recital: the teacher or the student. And, I think that it all depends on how soon…

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Making Recital Prep Fun & Quirky For Students

Making Recital Prep Fun And Quirky

Recital prep can be a stressful time for students & their families.  The pressure to play things perfectly can lead to tears & parents wondering if it’s all worth it.  NOT what we want on their mind around registration season.  Instead, making recital prep fun & quirky for students leads to smiles, lots of practice…

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How Music Theory & Improvisation Can Be Taught Together

How Music Theory & Improvisation Can Be Taught Together

Music theory & improvising.  It’s important to have both in our teaching.  But, what is the best way to teach music theory? To avoid the mistakes of the past, music theory should above all be done in a timely, hands-on manner that ensures students see the connection between theory & application.  One of the best…

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Teaching Sound Before Sight or The Chicken vs. The Egg Dilemma

Sound Before Sight or The Chicken vs. The Egg Dilemma

Whether it’s Pestalozzi, Mason, Suzuki or Gordon the idea of teaching aurally before getting students to read goes back hundreds of years.  Yet many teachers tend to teach music from the notation first & aurally second.  When it comes to a practical approach of teaching sound before sight it can feel a bit like the…

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How 21st Century Female Composers Challenge the Status Quo

How 21st Century Female Composers Challenge the Status Quo

Unlike previous generations, the stigma of being a female composer is gone.  So it could be easy to assume that contemporary female composers are not challenging the music industry’s status quo.  This is far from the case!  In fact, women today are challenging not only the music industry but societal expectations of women in general.

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How To Use Digital Escape Rooms in Your Music Studio

How To Use Digital Escape Rooms

In the past year, digital escape rooms have become more popular in music studios.  Many teachers have looked for online solutions that get students practicing music skills without the stress of trying to do everything live.  These have become a student-favourite in my studio & for good reason!  But, knowing how can we use digital…

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Why We Should Include Women Composers in Our Repertoire

Why We Should Include Women Composers in Our Repertoire

March is “Women in History” month & as I was researching women in music history it was absolutely fascinating.  There is a lot of fantastic music out there by both men & women (plus those that don’t identify with either gender).  So, why should we specifically include women composers in our repertoire rather than just…

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Maximizing Effectiveness During Online Music Lessons

Maximize Effectiveness During Online Music Lessons

Teaching music online can have its challenges.  However, maximizing effectiveness during online lessons doesn’t have to require a tech degree.  With a few simple tweaks, I’ve discovered how to get through just as much, if not more, moving online vs. in-person.   While I’m giving examples through the lens of online lessons, these tips will work…