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Getting the Most from Music Practice Time

Whatever the musical instrument you’re learning, whether it is piano, guitar, drums, your own vocal chords, or the kazoo, you can master it, regardless of your age or current skill level. But finely honing skill takes time, the guidance of a qualified instructor to teach good technique and discourage bad habits, and lots and lots of practice. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your practice time. Continue reading “Getting the Most from Music Practice Time”

OMTA and Music Performance

I was privileged to enjoy a luncheon with the Ohio Music Teachers Association yesterday. What a wonderful group of folks! You would think that the power of this organization is in networking with music education colleagues in the area, including others who teach private music lessons, and that’s certainly a benefit to the group. But they also organize a slew of events, including continuing education opportunities for music educators and music performance events for students. Continue reading “OMTA and Music Performance”

Music Therapy

Music does indeed invoke emotional response in the listener, and the response varies by the music. A nice, soothing piano solo composed by George Winston calms and relaxes. A throbbing dance tune by Lady Gaga pumps and energizes. Whatever mood you wish to invoke, there’s a song for that. We’ll call it iSong. ;-) Continue reading “Music Therapy”

The Power of Performance

When I told my piano student on Friday that she had to play in front of other students on Sunday at our monthly repertoire class, she looked at me with eyes the size of dinner plates.

I have a music student who just won’t practice.

Okay, to be fair, I have a lot of music students who refuse practice. But one child taking piano lessons literally never practices at home. Ever. She doesn’t touch that piano until she’s sitting in that lesson room in front of her teacher. However, she miraculously spent last Saturday at home drilling her songs over and over and over. The reason? Continue reading “The Power of Performance”