Save Time & Increase Engagement With These Christmas Lesson Ideas

Last week I was telling you about my top favourite traditional Christmas songs for quick and easy time saving lessons.  (You can read Time Saving Christmas Lessons right here) But don't we all have those students who shun the beautiful traditional...

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Time Saving Christmas Lessons

Love it or hate it, Christmas is on its way and as music teachers we all know this is going to be a big time of year.  Personally I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!  Concerts, carol services, community singing, what's not to like?   And you have the added bonus that...

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Whole Class Percussion Without The Pain: A Step by Step Guide

Class percussion lessons can be enormous fun and hugely rewarding for students and teachers alike.   Hand percussion is so accessible for all students, regardless of ability or experience and enables them to join in with a subject where they can easily feel out...

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How to read TAB: 5 Top Tips for Non-Guitarists

I always think of TAB as a bit like playing by numbers.  Or a grid reference on a map.  For years it confused me.  Why is it upside down?  What do the numbers mean?  Which line is which?  How do you know what rhythm to play?

For a lifelong...

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Learn To Play Bass Guitar: 5 Top Reasons Every Student Should Try

Before I became a music teacher I had never even touched a bass guitar.  In week 1 of my first job I realised that I was going to need to step away from my woodwind comfort zone and understand how guitars actually work.  

In week 3 I played the very simple...

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Keyboard Lessons: 6 Common Complaints & How To Solve Them

Having taught music for over 15 years I have come across a range of problems and issues when leading a keyboard lesson.   The most irritating 'problems' are surely those of malfunctioning headphones or wrong settings.  The 'I can only hear in one ear'...

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5 Simple Ways To Teach Piano Keys

 

 So here is a phrase most of us hear on loop every day.....

"Miss, where's the A?"

Ah yes, the sound of students trying to work out where the keys are on a piano.  I find that keyboards and pianos can be highly deceptive.  It is so easy for students...

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Cakes, Jumpers & Music: Ideas On Teaching Texture

'What is Texture?'

I'm sure you have asked that question many times, asking for some intelligent answers about lines of melody and the way they interact, or layers of sound, or something, anything, vaguely related to what you have taught them. 

Instead, you...

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Musical Instruments: 7 Ways to Teach Them When You Don't Have Any!

And this, class, is a picture of a 'cello.  

And this is a trombone.  And here is a clarinet.  And here is a viola.  It's basically a big violin......

 

And so it goes on.  Teaching about the instruments of the orchestra but not actually...

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6 Pitch Activities To Learn Music Notes Fast

In our technological age of students learning by Youtube and playing by ear, many do not see the value in learning basic music notes.  It is only when they want to progress and play more complex pieces or can't find a tutorial video for a piece that they come...

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