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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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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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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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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