Ways to Motivate Bored Students in Lessons

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This topic is not only important in the interest of the student but also for the teacher. If progress isn’t being made quickly, weekly lessons can become boring and dry. Students lose interest for a variety of reasons such as; the piece is too difficult to overcome, they don’t like the style or genre or they don’t have the discipline to practice. Teachers get frustrated that their students have lost interest in a piece they enjoyed playing ...

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Borodin, the Lesser Known Russian Composer

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Alexander Porfirievich Borodin was born on, November 12th, in 1833, and died February 27th, 1887, being born to a commoner Russian woman and illegitimate son of a Georgian noble. You might not recognize his name right away, but you might have heard of the group of better-know Romantic-era Russian composers known as the “Mighty Five” or “Mighty Handful.” This group consisted of the founder and leader, Balakirev, as well as other composers Cui, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov and their main ...

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How to Introduce Music Theory in a 30 minute lesson

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Musical Performance is built upon a solid foundation of Music Theory. Without the knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of theory, a performer cannot play a piece well. They would simply be playing the notes on the page without adding any expression or character to the piece, much like an actor on stage. If the actor said the words of a play without any facial expression or in a monotone voice, his performance would be very ...

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