How to get concepts to stick for music students

What cognitive disfluency teaches us? I’ve been thinking about this for a while. We are drowning in information these days. There’s so much information that our eyes glaze over. The boards of education of every school district in America are touting the importance of having information about student attendance, test scores, reading ability, curriculum, assignments, and…

Teaching Special Needs Kids Music

In product design, having the most difficult use-case scenarios usually creates wonderful results.   What do I mean? Apple originally worked on creating the computer interface to make it easier for non-technical people to work on a spreadsheet.  They also added a whole subset of features for the visually impaired.  By forcing the designers to think…

Music Instruction Expands Brains!

As an independent, private music teacher, I am always being forwarded studies and news articles about the benefits of music lessons.  It definitely feels good to be on the right side of this issue!   And it certainly validates my profession. This weekend’s Wall Street Journal has an article, A Musical Fix for U.S. Schools, which…