Our free goal-setting printables make the first music lessons of 2016 fun and productive for teachers and students. Even the youngest students benefit from talking about their accomplishments in 2015 and planning their goals for the upcoming year. Teachers, walk through the goal-setting process with your students by
A big challenge for music teachers is finding music that is both enjoyable and challenging for their students. Some students are motivated to find a particular genre they enjoy; and other students find inspiration from outside sources including parents, teachers, peers and media. A great variety of music is right at our fingertips through exploration on the Internet.
When learning how to play a new instrument students want to sound good and see results right away, but for most people it isn’t that easy. It takes time and practice, just like it does when learning a sport, or another language or a dance, but it may not take as much time as you think. Professional Canadian hockey player Eric Lindros said, “It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it's what you put into the practice.” As someone who has been playing the violin for over 30 years, I know that statement is very true. Here are some tips to help any new student learn to practice better:
All of us musicians have been there. An overwhelming piece of sheet music looming before us with a mountain of notes! At times, not even hours of practice can seem to help perfect a few measures. What we don't realize sometimes that it's not necessarily how much we practice, but how we practice that gets us the best results. Here are a few ways to cut your practice time in half and get the same or better results!