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.…

Surprising Secrets From A Grammy Award-Winning Arranger

Surprising secrets emerge in conversation with jazz legend Gil Goldstein on music education, color and music, polyrhythms and more. A few years ago, I met a man walking his two little dogs.  We got to talking and he told me his name was Gil.  He was a musician.  Hey, me too!    Over time, I…

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…

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,…

The Top 11 Sites for Public Domain Free Sheet Music

Part 1 of 3 in a Series on Finding Sheet Music for Students Part 2 – Where To Find Easy Sheet Music Arrangements As a music teacher, it sometimes feels like an endless struggle to find sheet music for your voracious roster of students! Obviously there are commercial online stores as well as the library,…

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…