What is the biggest hurdle in the way of adults continuing to be involved in music?
When reflecting back on the last week of teaching, confidence was the topic that I had found myself discussing in depth with all of my students and choirs. It didn’t matter about age, gender or experience, because the challenges were all the same.
How do we help our talented piano students excel in the classroom and find their rightful place?
See, learning musical theory is like learning grammar in a foreign language. It’s usually the hardest part to grasp but so essential when constructing any sentence you are trying to speak or write. This is the same for music theory – once you have mastered the basics it applies to all musical genres and styles.
Check out my top tips on using video recordings in music classes and why the record button is such a powerful tool for all our music students to become self-reflective learners!
As the world changes, many schools and education programmes are cutting music from the curriculum. Although I can understand some of the reasons – the annual cost of running a music department, shortage of music teachers, push on STEM subjects; in my personal opinion cutting music is a grave mistake.
One of the biggest challenges of learning a musical instrument is balancing your weekly practice, particularly for teenagers and adult learners. Many people feel guilty because they don’t practice enough each week and are self-critical on themselves. If this sounds familiar then this might be because you have been told you need to practice every day for big chunks of time.
If you are new to the clarinet then knowing how to set it up can be quite confusing. Here are my quick tips for success:
So you just got a new musical instrument for Christmas and you are super excited to start learning your favourite pieces! You set up the new instrument and then dive over to Google or Youtube to find a starter piece to learn. Sorted! This music making business is easy – right??
During the last few years there has been a lot of conversations about how educators can avoid burn-out by using self-care strategies but in reality exhaustion, burn-out and stress have always been common place in education.