The Moment

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Written By Wayne Estes   Last week a student of mine looked at me, smiled and said, “I get it now.”  And another one grasped her head with both hands, smiled and looked at me, made an exploding sound and wildly moved her arms off of her head simulating a volcanic explosion. THIS is what… Read more »

Tips For Starting The New School Year Right

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Now that’s school is back, here are some ideas for starting it off right. Please feel free to add to the list! It’s important to start out with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Especially if you’ve been doing this for a long time 🙂 Make your piano lessons studio your home and all the instruments… Read more »

“I Hate Theory”

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By Sarah Haughton The majority of my students enjoy learning theory. They enjoy the process of learning about the sounds they hear. Occasionally, however, I encounter a student that couldn’t care less about the “why” behind the music they are hearing, they just want to make the sounds. The traditional theory workbook does little to… Read more »

Good Performance/Rehearsal Etiquette

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By Jamey Mann A couple week ago in Alexandria, VA, I had the privilege of taking Suzuki Guitar books 2 and 3 with Andrea Cannon. At this year’s institute were many returning young students and some new faces. The student’s ages were 6 to 11 years old and they were playing in books 2 through… Read more »

Instrument Care

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Each teacher hopes to give the gift of music into the hands of every student. We typically share lots of knowledge about note reading, theory, improvisation, practice and performance with our students, but I want us to think for a moment about the student’s instrument. Specifically taking time to remind each student and their parents… Read more »

Music for Independence Day!

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  Patriotic Music is expected by Americans on the Fourth of July – what would a celebration of America’s Independence be without some exciting nationalistic music? Ranging from the genuinely touching to the irreverent-though-informative, here’s a roundup of songs and videos for the 4th! https://youtu.be/uZfRaWAtBVg Here’s a fun parody video of One Republic’s song “Apologize”… Read more »

Stay Involved

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Parental involvement is something I insist on for all my students regardless of age or ability. Older students in middle or high school may only need a reminder from parents to practice or for them to provide an audience during the week between lessons. Although the need for parental involvement may not be as in… Read more »

Recital Season

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I really enjoy our recital season here at The Catoctin School of Music.  It is a joy filled time where the parents, faculty and students get to hear and see what progress we have made over the last six months. The most fun part is watching the brand new students come in each recital season…. Read more »

3 Easy Chord Songs To Motivate Your Students

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When my student’s attention starts to dwindle or they start fighting me on every thing I ask them to do, I have a few songs in my arsenal that I can pull out to reign them back in. They’re all chord based and you can sing along to them. The kids always light up when… Read more »