Music Game Review: Scale Scramble

Written by & under Program Development, teacher resourses.

  I love having new games in my studio, and I have to tell you this one’s a keeper. It’s called SCALE SCRAMBLE. It’s basically a big deck of cards with multiples of every possible scale step, as well as cards marked as “Tonic” and “Guppy”, which is like a wild card. I read the… Read more »

Improvisation and Creativity

Written by & under teacher resourses, teaching.

By Wayne Estes Oftentimes I feel that I’ve gotten bogged down in my own practice with technical studies, reading, scale work and I see my teaching style starting to go in the same direction.  But many of my students aren’t in grad school and studying to become a professional musician, so I must remind myself… Read more »

Coping with Vocal Changes

Written by & under Program Development, studio of the month, teacher resourses, teaching.

Voice changes are trying for all adolescents; making vocal progress during a voice change is even more frustrating. What can a teacher do to help students who are struggling physically and emotionally through this awkward period? Be Patient. This is advice for all parties involved! Instructors need to be patient when it comes to temporarily… Read more »

Crooked Uphill Progress

Written by & under Marketing, performance, Policies and Procedures, teacher resourses, teaching.

A couple times a year I have an adult student (usually) come to a crisis point in their lessons. Frustrated they always tell me that they think they are not doing well and are even regressing; losing skills and knowledge where they used to be strong. This is something that happens to all students regardless… Read more »

Music Adjectives

Written by & under Program Development, teacher resourses, teaching.

I thought I would take a month and write down words that describe what I see music doing in my life and in my teaching studio and community.  Hopefully you notice and are equally inspired by some of the same things…   Music teaches us and exposes us to new:   Concepts Patience Humility Logic… Read more »