Some of my favorite TED Talks.

From time to time in lessons, I refer my students to watch Ted Talks that I think might help them with whatever they are struggling with.  Today, I am doing a quick round-up of a few of these talks, why I share them, and what a music student can learn from them. 1.  Hard WorkContinue reading “Some of my favorite TED Talks.”

How To Practice Effectively (Ted-ED Lesson)

How to practice effectively…for just about anything – Annie Bosler and Don Greene Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? AnnieContinue reading “How To Practice Effectively (Ted-ED Lesson)”

Flashback Friday – Helping Your Music Student Practice. Ten Tips.

This week, I thought we could revisit an old post that I think bears repeating.  I copied and pasted it entirely here, but the link to the original post is here.   One of the things that teachers might forget is that a beginning music student needs to learn how to practice – a processContinue reading “Flashback Friday – Helping Your Music Student Practice. Ten Tips.”

Helping Your Music Student Practice – 10 Tips for Parents

One of the things that teachers might forget is that a beginning music student needs to learn how to practice – a process that takes some many years. When the student is young and under a parent’s care, help from a parent is vital in helping the student in that process. Unless the student’s parentsContinue reading “Helping Your Music Student Practice – 10 Tips for Parents”

Playing musically through the use of adjectives, metaphors, and imagery

I.  Summary of recent article and its suggested exercise I recently read an article that suggested a few exercises to help musicians play with more musicality.  The first exercise involves brainstorming a list of adjectives – at least 100 adjectives so that you (or the person you are directing to do the exercise) is forcedContinue reading “Playing musically through the use of adjectives, metaphors, and imagery”

Zadie Smith’s Rules for Writing adapted for musicians

Zadie Smith, acclaimed author of White Teeth (which she wrote at 21 years old, btw!) gave some advice to writers in an article in the Guardian recently. Some of this advice, adapted slightly, also makes a lot of sense for musicians.  First, her original list, then the adapted list: 1 When still a child, make sureContinue reading “Zadie Smith’s Rules for Writing adapted for musicians”

Playing using the whole body

In recent lessons, I’ve been trying to get my students to understand that one doesn’t and shouldn’t just rely on one’s fingers to play.  In reality, one should rely on the whole body.  That understanding, in my view, starts with beginning to understand that the wrist should be free and move as the fingers do.Continue reading “Playing using the whole body”

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