10 Secrets How To Make Simplified Sheet Music For Kids

Part 3 of 3 on Finding Music For Teaching Kids See Part 1: The Top 11 Sites for Public Domain Free Sheet Music See Part 2: Where To Find Easy Sheet Music Arrangements I have always felt comfortable rearranging sheet music and stripping out elements that are not completely necessary to get the song across.…

Where To Find Easy Sheet Music Arrangements

Part 2 of 3 In A Series on Finding Sheet Music For Students Part 1 – Top 11 Sites For Public Domain Free Sheet Music “Can’t we play this song by Taylor Swift?” “Well that’s a bit too hard right now.” “But I LOVE her!” Song Requests I get requests for pop songs, Broadway shows,…

Teaching Kids How To Read Music Using Solfège, Hand Signs & Kinesthetic Learning

Teaching young kids to read music is quite a challenge.  I approach through a long process of micro-steps.  It’s the reverse of peeling an onion.  It’s a layering technique of building up from tiny kernels of understanding, expanding outwards. The first lessons are always performance focused – get them excited about playing a song!  It’s…

Glenn Gould’s Finger Tapping Exercise for Piano Technique

Many of you are struggling with playing cleanly and smoothly. This simple technique can help you to relax your fingers to pay more fluidly. Developed by Glenn Gould’s mentor and longtime teacher Chilean pianist Alberto Guerrero, it aims to retain a relaxed muscle memory. You can learn more about this in the wonderful documentary Genius…

How To Read Music: Rhythm using Stick Notation

When teaching to read traditional music notation, We highly recommend separating the elements.  Pitch can be taught separately from rhythm.   By teaching rhythm using stick notation, our students can focus on a single element without overwhelm. Rhythm Using Stick Notation Stick notation is taking traditional notes and removing the note-head. The note-head is the…

How To Teach Rhythm to Beginning Music Students

I’ve been teaching how to count rhythm to most of my students using a fun fruity way* of naming note values with easy and fun to say words. (*Adapted from Music Mind Games) Fruity Words For Rhythm For example, one beat (quarter note) is called LIME. Two eighth notes are called  MANGO. An eighth note triplet, where…