How to activate creativity, innovation and invention?

“What do you think?” When was the last time someone asked you this?  And if you answered, did you just regurgitate what you heard some other expert say about this topic? When was the last time you asked your children or your students this question? There’s a problem in that the school system of today…

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…

Rapport and How To Teach A Student Who Doesn’t Look Like You

“I’m black so my teacher needs to be black.” Nobody said this, yet.   But, a study has found a correlation between the performance achievement of black children and whether or not they had a black teacher.  The results seem to suggest that black children would fare better if taught by a teacher that looks…

Mysterious Hidden Cues Lurking in Your Students

Social creatures, us humans. But if you think words are enough, think again – body language and silence often tell you much more about a person. So, what does this mean for us teachers? Well, if you can’t read the nonverbal signs, it makes it very hard to help the student. If you can’t help…

How to Encourage Focus in Yourself and Your Students

How To Be A Better Music Teacher, (Part 1 of 3) “Focus!  Focus!  Focus!” Have you ever heard that?  Perhaps from a teacher?   Maybe you’ve said it yourself. Maybe you’ve even said it this week. We music teachers are all about focus.  It takes focus to teach, to practice, and to play an instrument.  We…

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.…

Improvement Science and 5 Percent Better Everyday

As a music teacher, you are training the next generation of leaders in a vital skill: the art of practicing. Practicing is the art of improving a specific skill. It leads to the path of mastery. What you focus on will improve. This applies to teachers as well. What are you doing as a teacher…

What Exactly Is The Musicolor Method™?

Thanks so much for responding with your questions, comments and feedback.  I’ve heard from a lot of you and realized there are still many questions on what is the Musicolor Method™ course. So let me quickly clarify. A Step By Step Process The method is a 7-point framework, a process that you can use to evaluate your teaching no matter how experienced…