The Benefits of Children Taking Music Lessons

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The Benefits of Children Taking Music Lessons

Many parents might consider why they should enroll their children in some sort of music lessons and/or program. Some may have heard of the Mozart Effect, and how it has been debunked based on its claims. While this study’s conclusions were actually blown out of proportion by news media and politicians, there are other more recent studies that show there are many other benefits of children studying and participating in music. Music educators know firsthand these benefits, as well as ...

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Tips to Overcome Upper String Problems, Part 2

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In the last post about this topic, we discussed various problems violinist and violists face when learning or perfecting basic technical issues: Producing a smooth, steady, consistent tone, getting a clear, pure tone quality when fingering pitches, changing between strings without accidentally playing another string, playing double stops successfully, especially when fingering notes, and producing basic hand and arm vibrato. Now we will look into more complicated, advanced problems and technical issues to overcome and master!

Triple and Quadruple Stops: These ...

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Playing Duets With Your Students

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Having our students practice and then show us their solo work during a lesson is a great way to check on their progress, and has been a standard way of doing this for decades, even centuries. But as suggested by a previous blog, “Keeping the Interest ALIVE Part 2” by PLIYH teacher Amanda Munson, it is a worthwhile idea to engage in duet work with our students. This definitely shows that we are willing to put in the effort of ...

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