Reinvent the wheel?
In a composition masterclass, I heard some feedback. That feedback taught me something about music education that everyone should know.
To produce a performance or learn meaningful content?
Classroom music teaching has a legacy – of records, ukuleles and Christmas performances. But does tradition mean this shouldn’t change?
Stay calm for Christmas
Oh, Christmas. The time music teachers love and dread, not in equal measure.
How young is too young for music lessons?
Is there an age limit on music lessons? A magic number where suddenly students are ready to learn music?
As a short disclaimer to begin, this topic is far too complicated to cover in one small blog post. Therefore, I will aim to inspire thought, not give all the answers. You’re probably wondering about the title to this post. Music ‘theory’. Am I saying music theory doesn’t exist? No. Am I saying music theory…
One of my favourite moments of being a music teacher was when I was teaching an enthusiastic six-year-old about canons in music.
Time to include improvisation
Improvisation is more than jazz, and more than understanding complex harmonies. Improvisation is giving students their own musical voice.
Music Education and Technology
This is a repost, as the download link was not functioning previously, and I want everyone to have an opportunity to get this resource for free! I know, incorporating technology into your music lesson can be drag, right? Students don’t follow instructions, get too distracted, browse the internet instead of work, or the technology itself…
This is how we do it
Calling all music teachers. Tell me, how do we get it all done?
Am I teaching what I should be teaching?
You’re a wonderful music teacher. You are. And I say that because only wonderful music teachers ask themselves this question.