How Open-Minded Are You as a Music Teacher?

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” -Frank Zappa How open-minded are you? It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t say they’re open-minded.  But in reality, it seems very few teachers are. Look at the glacial pace of change in education across the world.  Every other field is…

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 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…

How do I know what to say on my music teaching website?

  What To Say On Your Music Teacher profile or website? As I talk to my music teacher coaching clients, I’ve heard many of the same questions.  One of these questions is, “What do I say on my website?”  Or “What should I put on my profile? Once upon a time you could make a…

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. …

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…

What Kind Of Smart Are Your Students?

Truly Scrumptious:  “Haven’t you noticed?  There aren’t any children. Not one.” In the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on a novel by Ian Fleming (with a script co-written by Roald Dahl), there is a land where children are banished.  They are evil and are meant to be shut away and captured by the Child…