How To Be A Better Music Teacher Part 3

So in my last two posts, we’ve discussed some ideas for becoming a better music teacher. In the first, we talked about focus and rejuvenation. And last time, we talked about structure. Today, we’ll talk about evaluating the structure and quality of a curriculum. Remember, we defined the curriculum as your plan of teaching. These…

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…

Teaching Music To Children, One Micro Step At A Time

I’ve given a lot of thought to breaking down the process of teaching music and concepts to children. What most current curriculums do is pile on a lot of information in one lesson – overwhelmingly so. That only leads to confusion, frustration and often, quitting music altogether. Kids want to PLAY piano, but most teachers…