Classical Indian Music

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Classical Indian Music

If you’re a private music teacher in the suburbs of a big city, chances are you have a handful of Indian families, as they happen to be a large immigrant group that primarily settles in these communities. Chances are, as well, that the parents have expressed to you a need that they would like YOU to teach their children the basics of classical Indian music. Now, unless you have spent a significant portion of a World Music class in college ...

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How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain

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Like most of us, I really enjoy listening to and watching Ted Talks and TED-ED videos. Many articles and lecturers have described in detail how learning music can benefit children, but sometimes the verbiage becomes so dense that people quickly lose interest before digesting what the author has poured into the body of the article.

The video we are sharing is a wonderful visual depiction of exactly how musicians benefit from playing music. It’s appropriate for students in ...

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Tips to Overcome Upper String Problems

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If you or a student is having certain issues when playing violin or viola, take time to read this. Other students, teachers, professors, and artists have gone through the same struggles and have learned the best techniques to master these areas:

Uneven, rough tone: If there is a wavy, inconsistent sound from bowing, it all has to do with the lack of “teamwork” between the right elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. All of these must be moving at different ranges ...

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Making Music Lessons Interesting

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Teachers, Do you have students losing interest in their lessons? All is not lost! One of the main causes of their disinterest is that they may be starting to struggle because the level of difficulty is increasing too fast for them. We, as teachers, may feel that they need to be progressing at our acceptable rate, but they may not always be putting in the necessary amounts of time and practice needed for their level. Then we start ...

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Entertaining Facts You Might Not Have Known About Classical Composers

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I love finding out about the personal lives of some of my favorite composers. Some of them are so funny and bizarre, you have to ask yourself, “Really, they were like that?” or “He/she did WHAT?!?” Well, here is a brief list of composer’s oddities:
Mozart: loved to play practical jokes on family and friends, and was mischievous. Enjoyed impressing royalty by performing piano in non-traditional ways, like blind-folded and backwards!

Liszt: was a ladies’ man! Even when he was well ...

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The Best Apps for Music Teachers

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Music technology has definitely come a long way since the first days of MIDI and keyboards in the 1980s. Below are some useful tips, tricks, programs, and apps that are a must-have for today’s modern music teacher!

1. Tuning apps-You can get these for free on your smart phone or tablet, and a good recommendation is DaTunerLite. It accurately shows the concert pitch you’re playing chromatically, to within a tenth of a cent! The app will change from orange to green if ...

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What to expect when preparing for an ABRSM exam.

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Studying piano in England can be a very different experience than taking lessons in the USA. In my experience I never did recitals as I was always preparing for the next exam. There are positives and negatives to both approaches. Exams do not prepare you for performing to a large audience but they do teach you how to become a well-rounded musician. I attribute my sight-reading skills to having to learn this for an exam. I ...

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How taking piano lessons benefits your child

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There are many different articles on the internet about the benefits of musical instruction. There are scientific studies and correlations between academic subjects and music that highlight the importance of learning a musical instrument. They tell us that there are physical, emotional and cognitive attributes, which would all be beneficial to the learner. This blog will explore some of these attributes and compare them to the experience of parents and teachers observations.

First, let us link some academic ...

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Arranging Music to Fit Your Students’ Needs

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Every piano student will get tired of typical lesson book songs or classical pieces that we use to teach them. Sometimes they want to learn that catchy Top 40s song they heard on the radio the other day, or they are obsessed with the instrumental soundtrack from their favorite movie, or maybe their parents want them to learn an ethnic folk song that reconnects their child to their heritage. When you get said song or piece, it turns out that ...

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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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