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 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. …

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…

How To Teach Music in The New Attention Economy

The Information Economy? People sometimes say that we are living in the “information economy.”  I think that is only partially true.  Instead, I believe we are living in the attention economy.  Think about it.  There is nothing more precious than our attention — not time, money, or material possessions –and everyone wants a piece of…

How to sing and perform better with spirit

“I almost never listen to music for my own enjoyment…” This is a quote from a music teacher posting in a forum for music teachers.  There was a consensus among the hundreds of posters that they were just too burnt out from playing, singing and teaching all day, more music was just too much after…

How to make music practice effective – it can change your life

Men Wearing Makeup Playing Loud Guitars When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying! It was the rock band KISS. It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like…

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.…