Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tips to Help Motivate Your Child To Practice Music

Among the numerous challenges that parents face in handling children’s music lessons (choosing the instrument, finding a good teacher, etc.), getting kids to practice is the most daunting of all! Here at the My Musical Community Blog, I have written … Continue reading

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Music Lessons from the CHILD’S Perspective

Parents, teachers, and students all want to get the same thing out of music lessons: FUN! Parents want their child to enjoy themselves in the lesson and at home while practicing. The music teacher wants to encourage good practice habits … Continue reading

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Music education helps kids improve language, reading

As a music education researcher, I enjoy reading about a variety of elements that aim at getting to the core values of what teachers teach, how teachers teach, how students learn and how we all can learn from each other. … Continue reading

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Some “How To’s” of Practicing

  The most important thing we can successfully teach our students is how to practice. Technical facility, mastery, fluency, artistry, proficiency, talent, musicianship….these are all words that describe many of the end goals that all students aspire to reach. One … Continue reading

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Motivational Quotes: Food for Our Lives, Part 3

It is the beginning of the school year. The dog-days of summer have come and gone. All of us are getting back into regular routines. As we transition back into the structure, responsibility, and busy aspects of this new school … Continue reading

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As Musicians, How Do We Decide What Music to Play?

   During my performance career, many questions are often asked of me during the post-concert reception. “How did you meet the soloist?” “How did you decide upon the repertoire that you chose?” “What pieces are you currently working on?” These … Continue reading

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