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

Incorporating this ...

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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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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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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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Keeping the Musical Interest Alive! Part 1

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The following has been written for fellow teachers out there, by one of our piano and woodwinds teachers from the Cincinnati area, Amanda M.
Amanda has worked for Piano Lessons in Your Home for three years. She has been teaching since she was 14 years old, including individual instruction for students ranging from beginners to college students. Amanda led a workshop on this topic for PLIYH teachers in July.

Keeping the Interest Alive!
Part 1

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Practice Tips for Muscle Memory

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The goal of any musician should be to be able to play and create. Once you can play without thinking about it (referred to by some as “creating muscle memory”), your brain will be freed up to do MORE creating! This blog entry will explore some ways to do just that.
A common misconception is that muscle memory is something that develops like a heartbeat, which is an actual involuntary, muscular movement.
In truth, increasing muscle memory, as told ...

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