Composition Sessions for Students Part 2

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Composition Sessions for Students Part 2

The last blog focusing on how teachers can guide their students on how to compose their own pieces discussed basic composition elements and tips. It can be found here in case you didn’t get a chance to read it and are interested: Composition Sessions for Students Part 1. Now we will delve a little deeper into how to progress this essential component of music education that will help grow the next generation of musicians!

Improvisation

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Structuring Beginning Composition Sessions for Students

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Structuring Beginning Composition Sessions for Students

Teaching our students the basics of music theory is a necessity in a holistic training of a well-rounded musician. It serves to help them understand ideas and symbols behind the notation they are reading and playing. We may have them complete written assignments in theory books and other supplemental material, and even quiz them with flash cards that focus on notations and terms. That is all fine and well; however, having them actually compose their own original songs and pieces ...

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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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