How Open-Minded Are You as a Music Teacher?

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” -Frank Zappa How open-minded are you? It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t say they’re open-minded.  But in reality, it seems very few teachers are. Look at the glacial pace of change in education across the world.  Every other field is…

The #1 Secret To Teaching Young Children Music

Teaching Young Children Music As a private music teacher, you want to teach music to children.  You know they love it and there seems to be a plentiful supply of them asking for your help.  Besides, lately all your adult students seem to be canceling at the last minute while your teens are more interested…

Keep Students Interested By Starting With Rhythm

An interview with Wendy Brentnall-Wood, a music teacher in Australia.  (Part 1) Website:  Wendy’s Music Wendy and I connected on a LinkedIN Music Teacher’s group and got to talking.  She has a successful music studio and will soon launch an online training program.  She is a wealth of information and so I have broken up…

My piano students keep quitting

I’ve been talking to a lot of music teachers all over the world.  A common complaint is that there’s “too many distractions” in students lives nowadays.  They blame the Internet, or the video games, or soccer or Instagram or other social media. In my 8 years of running my kid-focused music studio, I have rarely experienced…

Technology & Trends in Music Teaching

This is the second part of an interview with music teacher John Gardner.  John is also an avid technologist and able to be a virtual assistant with music arranging/composing and general office skills through his company Virtual Music Office.  You can see Part 1 here.   Technology for Teaching Music Andrew: Do you use any…

Interview with music teacher John Gardner

An interview with John Gardner, band teacher, entrepreneur John and I connected on LinkedIN and we got speaking about teaching music, the new technologies available, trends in music education and safety precautions when teaching children, both for the child and the teacher. John also has a business supporting other teachers and musicians called Virtual Music…

Some Advice For New Music Teachers

I’ve been talking to music teachers all over the world to learn and share what their best practices are.  One of my standard questions has been “What would be your best advice for a new music teacher – someone just starting out?” It’s Just Business Music teachers are creative folks and artists, so we are…