Carol’s Students Learn Faster and Have More Fun With Color

Though she had already been working with young music students, Carol found that it was often difficult to transition them from early childhood classes to learning to read and play instruments. That’s when she came across the idea of using color as learning scaffolding and The Musicolor Method Masterclass. Carol has since adapted the Musicolor…

My interview about the Musicolor Method on Tim Topham’s podcast

I was recently interviewed on the influential Creative Piano Teacher podcast with Tim Topham. Tim’s a wonderful educator who has a very active blog, podcast, and a membership site. If you’re a teacher and never heard of him, you’re in for a treat. In the interview, I discuss How and why I decided to create a method book How color…

What Happens When You Ask A Preschooler If They Can Do Anything

Ask a preschooler and see what happens. Imagine this scenario. You walk into a preschool classroom of three year olds and pose a series of questions to the children: “Who here knows how to dance?” Every hand shoots up. “Who here knows how to sing?” Again, every hand is in the air. “Who here knows…

How To Be A Better Music Teacher Part 3

So in my last two posts, we’ve discussed some ideas for becoming a better music teacher. In the first, we talked about focus and rejuvenation. And last time, we talked about structure. Today, we’ll talk about evaluating the structure and quality of a curriculum. Remember, we defined the curriculum as your plan of teaching. These…

How To Know If Your Child’s Music Lessons Are Backwards?

The Joy of Music One of the best parts of my job as a music teacher is witnessing the pure joy that music can bring.  Here’s one of my young students who started her first lesson with me at the end of June.  We had a few lessons over the summer and then a break. …

The Power of Personalizing Songs For Young Students

In a lesson this morning, I was showing 4 year old B to play a simple song, a variation on Brother John.  She loved it especially because I realized she didn’t have any brothers, but we could substitute her sister’s name in the song.  So what was Brother John became Sister Iris!  She was jumping…

How I Developed The Musicolor Method®

How a stay-at-home Dad stumbled across a new way of teaching music. The story of how I developed the Musicolor Method.® Because I am a naturally curious person, my path in life has led me on a strange magical journey.  In particular, three events have brought me a new view of teaching music: my work…