Scaling Musical Mountains Of Mastery

Strategies To Teaching Children Music Without Overwhelm Teaching music to children is highly rewarding yet extremely challenging if you have never done it.  There’s so much information to cover.  Where to start?   As you progress in learning any new skill, fact or process, new vistas reveal themselves.  It’s like climbing the mountain of progress.…

Music Education And The Belief of “Control of Destiny”

As a parent, I have always wanted my son to have a music education.  It’s not that I want him to be a professional musician, it’s because It’s so much fun and he loves it the life skills accessible through music lessons Brain Development and Music Education There have been so many scientific studies and…

Seinfeld’s Simple Technique Is How To Practice Music

“My child loves the lessons but just doesn’t want to practice.”   It’s probably the number one challenge of every music teacher, parent, and music student:  how to make practice part of a daily routine. For young preschoolers, this is something that has to be taught and externally monitored by the parent.  It’s highly unusual…

Teaching Strategies For Growth Mindset

What is the most important factor in a student? Many people would say it’s talent, or effort, or persistence, or luck or some combination of these. Behind all of this is something that is more important – the proper mindset. Recent research (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Dweck, 2007) has shown that there are two different mindsets among…

How To Teach Perseverance, Grit and Success

Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills There’s been a lot of talk in the education world of late about the value of the soft skills, emotional and psychological.  These are the skills that are traditionally not tested.  Unlike math or reading or science, these skills are more nuanced. Because I’m a music teacher and my wife…