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I often turn to TED Talks for inspiration in my teaching. There are countless videos touching on so many different topics. Below I have compiled the ones that have impacted my teaching philosophy the most. 8. Three Rules to Spark Learning—Ramsay Musallam Summary: High school chemistry teacher Ramsay Musallam shares his personal story about what transformed[…]
There are nothing but short and sweet masterpieces on this list. None of these videos will set you back more than 5 Minutes, and you’re guaranteed to love all of them. 1. Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov You probably know this high-energy piece, but have you ever watched an orchestra perform it before? Watch[…]
7 Things you MUST do in every student’s first lesson First impressions leave a lasting mark, there is no getting around it. Of course, all beginning students have had some sort of musical impression, but their first lesson is their first impression of what it means to create music in a formal setting. That means[…]
Practicing is hard work. That’s a fact, and there is no getting around it. Or is there? Picture how your normal practice week goes by. You have a great lesson and feel like you understand everything you need to work on. Then you walk to the car, your mom or dad asks you how your lesson[…]
In order for music students to succeed, they need active help from their parents. Learning a musical instrument requires too much practice and discipline from an early age for most children to be able to sustain progress in the long run. However, many parents hesitate to get involved in their child’s musical endeavors because they[…]
As adults, we have it easy. We have mastered our craft. Of course we are always learning new things, but we rarely encounter the struggles of our beginning students. That stage of our music learning was decades ago. By now, we probably have fond memories of our first lessons and how much we loved our[…]