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How to Start a Family Band

May 16, 2017 A family of musicians

When several people in a family play a musical instrument, you have the beginnings of a family band. You might want to perform in public or just enjoy time spent together as a family. Either way, it’s a lot of fun to pool your talents and play as an ensemble. In the beginning, chaos may reign. After some practice, though,...

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6 Mistakes New Music Teachers Should Avoid

May 8, 2017

Mistakes are inevitable. New teachers make them. So do experienced ones. If you're a newly minted piano teacher, you don't need to stress about perfection. You have a lot to learn, but you already know enough to get started.

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3 Group Piano Lessons Myths Dispelled

April 19, 2017 Group piano lessons myths

Despite their growing popularity, misconceptions about the nature of group lessons remain. Most of these myths are variations on the idea that students learn piano best with one-on-one attention.

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Toddler Music Lessons and Sensory Play

March 31, 2017 Sensory Play and Toddler Music Lessons

A lack of playtime hampers social and sensory development in toddlers. That’s the opinion a pediatric occupational therapist writing for the “Answer Sheet.” At issue is the displacement of unstructured play, especially outdoor activity, for academic pursuits, writes Angela Hanscom. She contends that young children learn more when they’re free to play, explore and socialize. Her piece is a discussion...

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How to Teach Piano To Any Age Group

March 17, 2017 How to teach piano to any age group

Music lessons enrich the life of a child or an adult. From toddlers to senior citizens, everyone can enjoy learning to play the piano. The key to teaching different groups is to use age-appropriate lessons.

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Musical Toys Make Learning Fun

March 10, 2017 Musical toys make learning fun.

Musical toys and instruments encourage children to play and explore musical ideas. Dancing and singing come naturally to toddlers. A toy can extend the range of sounds a child can produce. With an easy-to-use instrument, very young children will create rhythms and tones, often as an accompaniment to singing. The Harmony Road Music Course builds on a child’s innate joy...

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Essentials to Start Teaching Music Lessons for Children

March 3, 2017 Essentials to start teaching music lessons for children

You have a degree in music education, and you’re about to start teaching. You’re a new graduate. Or, college was a few years ago but only now are you ready to set up shop. Maybe life took you down a non-musical career path, or maybe you’ve been teaching in someone else’s studio. Whatever the situation, the time is right to...

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These 3 Resolutions Help Music Teachers Succeed

February 24, 2017 resolutions to help music teachers succeed

Did you make resolutions for the new year? If you didn’t, or if your best intentions have fallen by the wayside, it’s not too late to refocus. Now is the best time to improve how you run your music studio. New music teachers can be so wrapped up in teaching that they neglect the business end of the profession. But,...

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How to Encourage Shy Music Students

February 17, 2017 encourage shy music students

Katherine was a shy toddler. She hid when people visited her home. Later, when she started school, she seldom raised her hand in class even though she often knew the answers. When Katherine enrolled in children’s piano lessons, she discovered she had a talent for music. She practiced every afternoon and became an accomplished pianist. As much as Katherine loved...

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How to Keep Students Interested in Music Classes

February 10, 2017

“What do you do for a living?” “I teach piano lessons.” “I love music! I took keyboard lessons as a kid, but I didn’t keep up with it.” Have you ever had that conversation? Nearly all children have a chance to take music classes either in or after school. But how many people quit after only a year or two?...

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