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

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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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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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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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How to Better Work With Busy Students and Their Families

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Fellow teachers, we’ve all been through this before: a last-minute cancellation (like a couple of hours before), because Suzie has a special after-school program that her parents forgot to tell you about at last week’s lesson. Or a whole string of cancellations because little Johnny has a super jam-packed schedule of baseball, or soccer, or basketball, or all three! Or a family decided they would like to take their annual summer getaway…for 2-3 months!! We’ve all been frustrated/disappointed to some ...

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Chicago Teacher of the Month – Dan McLean – February 2014

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Dan McLean February 2014 Teacher of the Month CHICAGOGuitar Instructor Dan McLean is Chicago’s Teacher of the month for February! Dan was nominated by one of his high school students, Dylan Gunther, who said, “Dan is laid back and always listens to what I want to learn. He is able to teach difficult concepts and then solidify new materials by working them into jams.” Dan has been a Chicago ...

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Welcome, Music Community!

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Welcome to Piano Lessons in Your Home’s official blog!

We do hope all music lovers find our blog, as it will be a fantastic resource! Our first entry is just a little history about our company, what we value, what we strive to inspire in the world around us. Upcoming entries will include, but are certainly not limited to the following:

– simple practice techniques that can be used during every day activities,

-mind sharpening tools designed to increase ...

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Why You Should Use PIANO LESSONS IN YOUR HOME

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Why Piano Lessons in Your Home?
For centuries, music has been an influential part of cultural society. It is an element which brings people together, and stimulates cognitive awareness. Piano Lessons In Your Home appreciates the generations of families that embraced music and brought it into their lives. Furthermore, we accept the challenge of carrying on the tradition or to introduce music to new families.

Every person, regardless of age, gender or race is entitled to the fulfillment music brings and ...

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Age by Age Guide to Music Lessons

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Children LOVE music! Studies show that music enhances a child’s comprehension abilities, helps them with math concepts, assists in the development of fine motor skills, and helps to build self-confidence. Many children with special needs have been known to excel at music even though they are unable to communicate or participate in regular structured activities. In general, music enhances the lives of many children and adults as well.

Studies have shown that children can actually hear music in the womb, and ...

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Why I became a Music Teacher. – By Megan H.

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Why I became a music teacher
 
When I was graduating from Ohio State’s School of Music, I was told that when interviewing for a music position in a school to avoid using “I”. For instance, if the interviewer asked me, “Why do you want to be a teacher?”, my go-to answer should not be: “I love children”, or “I love teaching”. We were to formulate less self-centered replies, even if those examples seemed very unself-centered to me.

Well, first, I ...

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