Anne Reinvented Her Career With The Perfect Part-Time Piano School

After a long recovery from surgery, Anne was wondering if she would ever be able to have the stamina and drive to teach music again. She reconnected to her love of early childhood education, and her passion for playing, when she came across the Musicolor Method. Now, Anne has reinvented herself as a private music…

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…

How To Use A Focus Window to Combat Overwhelm in Students

In the jungle that is music education, there lives a beast.   A terrifying dragon that lurks behind every chair, instrument and music stand, it is the Distraction Dragon.  This beast is the greatest and most common enemy of all teachers.   We tremble upon sensing the slightest breath of distraction rising up among our…

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…

The #1 Secret To Teaching Young Children Music

Teaching Young Children Music As a private music teacher, you want to teach music to children.  You know they love it and there seems to be a plentiful supply of them asking for your help.  Besides, lately all your adult students seem to be canceling at the last minute while your teens are more interested…

How To Teach Perseverance, Grit and Success

Soft Skills Vs Hard Skills There’s been a lot of talk in the education world of late about the value of the soft skills, emotional and psychological.  These are the skills that are traditionally not tested.  Unlike math or reading or science, these skills are more nuanced. Because I’m a music teacher and my wife…