Teaching Young Instrumentalists

Now you can have. at your fingertips, the entirety of the educational experience and advice to be found on this site, conveniently collected, and expanded, in one, affordable, volume.  Teaching Young Instrumentalists, available exclusively on Amazon in Kindle format or in paperback – at  prices you probably wouldn’t even think about, takes you on a journey of educational exploration,…

Practice Makes Perfect – Really?

Actually, I prefer ‘practice makes permanent‘! Here is a short article exploring some of the often contentious issues regarding music practice. In it, I discuss how informed practice works to consolidate learning and thus the importance of appropriate preparation on the part of the students before commencing. I also examine how the teacher’s guidance during the lesson…

Keeping Everyone Involved in Group Lessons

This article deals with one of the problems that, for many teachers, is the most challenging: how do we keep everyone involved while at the same time, giving due attention to the problems of individuals? You will find several solutions and discover why this calculation is correct! . Group Instrumental Teaching III – Keeping Everyone Involved

Why We Shouldn’t Stop ‘Defending’ Music Education

I came across an interesting and thought-provoking article by Peter Greene the other day, entitled Stop ‘Defending’ Music.  His basic premise is that music has so many affective – or if you like ‘human’ – benefits that it shouldn’t need defending. He tells us that it is “universal’; he mentions its omnipresence in our lives…

Keeping Everyone Involved in Group Lessons

This article deals with one of the problems that, for many teachers, is the most challenging: how do we keep everyone involved while at the same time, giving due attention to the problems of individuals. You will find solutions and discover why this ‘equation’ is correct! . Group Instrumental Teaching III – Keeping Everyone Involved