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…

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.…

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…

Goals, Plans? Who needs it? I’ll Just Wing It

Or “I’ll Just Wing It,” and other famous last words… “What’s the plan?” These are three simple words that can guide you in your life and in your profession.  As a teacher, you need to have a plan.  This plan should be  scalable with multiple time-lengths.  Now that we’re close to the end of the…

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…

Why Every Child Should Learn Music With Tips, Strategies and Resources

We had a lovely Parents Curriculum Meeting this morning. It was wonderful to see so many of you.  Here’s a summary of what we covered. The Benefits of Music Lessons My philosophy of teaching music is to impart an enjoyment, appreciation and ability to create and perform music while having fun. I don’t expect all…

Teaching Kids How To Read Music Using Solfège, Hand Signs & Kinesthetic Learning

Teaching young kids to read music is quite a challenge.  I approach through a long process of micro-steps.  It’s the reverse of peeling an onion.  It’s a layering technique of building up from tiny kernels of understanding, expanding outwards. The first lessons are always performance focused – get them excited about playing a song!  It’s…