4 ways to encourage healthy competition in kids

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Kids have a natural love of competition. Tovah Klein, author of “How Toddlers Thrive,” told NPR that the drive to compete develops in children around the ages of 4 or 5, when they start learning how to categorize.
“And once kids start comparing,” Klein said, “they say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. There are people in the world faster than me. I want to be the fastest.’ Or, ‘I want to be the biggest.’ Or, ‘I want to have the most.’ ...

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Tricks of the Trade

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Tricks of the Trade – How to teach techniques.
By Hannah Village
I have written this blog with teachers in mind but parents may benefit from reading it to gain some perspective on teaching techniques and encourage their children to think about what and how their teachers have taught them.
Learning and teaching techniques may be a straight forward idea to you and your student but in my experience, it’s not just about working through a method book. The ...

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Finding True Love: Helping Your Kid Choose The Right Instrument

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Whether it’s learning saxophone in school band, taking Saturday piano lessons, or participating in a top-flight youth orchestra, there are tens of millions of kids in the United States learning to play instruments. Way back in 2003, Gallup pollsters figured that at least 84 million Americans play an instrument — and at least a third of those players were then between the ages of 5 and 17.

But for many families, there’s still not a whole lot of infrastructure or easily ...

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9 Ways to Help Kids Practice

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Teach kids the value of practice and turn them into give-it-their-best achievers who take pleasure and pride in their accomplishments.
By Jeff Bredenberg
Flick on the television, and there’s a rock star with screaming fans or a player whacking a baseball out of the park. Our children didn’t see the years of guitar study or the hours spent swinging in the batting cage. No wonder kids hate to practice. What fun is it laboring at a skill if they’re just ...

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Competing Views on Competition

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JUST before bedtime on a recent night, two toddlers marched reluctantly to the bathroom to brush their teeth. And on the way, my four-year-old son told his little sister: “I’m going to win. I’m going to win!”

At toothbrushing.

I have one of those, a child with an apparent competitive streak. When Milo and I play baseball, he tells me, “I’ll be the Yankees and you can be a team that they beat.”

A recent article in this newspaper detailed President Obama’s own ...

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Helping Your Child Choose the Right Instrument

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Finding the right instrument for your child is a difficult but important factor in your child’s continued musical success. Forcing a child to play an instrument rarely leads to the love of music making we want. Here are some components to consider when helping your child choose the right instrument.

The first thing to consider is your child’s age. If your child is younger than six, make sure you understand the purpose behind playing an instrument at such a young age ...

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What Do Top Practicers Do Differently?

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As my kids were (begrudgingly) practicing their Tae Kwon Do patterns not long ago, I caught myself telling my oldest that he had to do his pattern five times before returning to his video game.

My goal, of course, was not for him to simply plod through the motions of his pattern five times like a pouty zombie, but to do it once with good form and commitment. But the parent in me finds it very reassuring to know that a ...

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Why Students Really Quit Their Instruments (And How Parents Can Prevent It)

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Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument though their school’s music program (if a program exists). One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond.

During my time as an educator and administrator, parents and students have shared with ...

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Student of the Month For Little Rock

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Kaneeka Little Rock MarchThis month, Little Rock awards student of the month to Kaneeka Chakraborty!   Kaneeka participated in our Young Performers Awards in February and of 13 participants, was the only one to receive a perfect 10 on her performance of “Who Has Seen the Wind?”.  She enjoys piano lessons because she gets to play songs that she likes that have good melody lines.  One of her favorite hobbies ...

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It’s not black and white: The key to finding the right keyboard or piano

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People have made music with instruments for millennia, from simple flutes and harps to dulcimers and clavichords and by 1682 AD, the spinet, forerunner of the piano. Our selection of instruments in 2014 would have astounded our ancestors.
From the spinets and fortepianos of the 1700s came today’s grand and upright piano and eventually, digital keyboards, which many find more affordable and compact, and even portable.
Important keyboard features:
1. Number of keys: Keyboards for student or casual use can ...

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