Guitar Fingering System

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Every instrument comes with a system of fingering to help the composer illustrate how the piece should be played. This goes beyond tempo markings and dynamics and tells the performer exactly which finger to use to play a note, what position the student should be in, and what string the note goes on. All of… Read more »

A NEW YEAR and A NEW START . . .

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So, the school year is starting again, and it is a perfect time for we music teachers to remind students and parents of our goals for this upcoming year. To have another successful and artistic year with music lessons we need a bit of planning, forecasting and development to help guide us through. Ask your… Read more »

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

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My internet research indicates that you have a whopping 20% chance of sticking to your New Year’s resolutions this year.  That’s kind of depressing.  So about 20% of us will be successful and sadly about 80% of us will fail in restarting or reenergizing our new, good habits.  After a month 50% of us will… Read more »

Tips for Beginners

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Learning an instrument can be a daunting and sometimes overwhelming task once you have made the decision to do so. From buying a quality instrument to finding a qualified teacher many beginners can find themselves spinning in circles before getting any traction. The flood of information on the internet and other sources can at times… Read more »

Avoiding the Summer Slump

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June is almost here, and if you’re like me, you’re excited about the warmer weather but also filled with a bit of dread… Because the summer months mean that those nice, consistent checks rolling in at the first of each month for piano lessons begin to dwindle.  Students are busy traveling, enjoying time at home… Read more »

Setting Up Students For A Successful Year

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It’s September, and chances are, you’re kicking off a new year at your studio! Perhaps you have a group of enthusiastic new students, an amazing group of skilled returning students — or a blend of both. Whatever the makeup of your student load for the year, it’s important to set them up for a successful… Read more »

New Year Incentive Ideas

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It’s a New Year, and maybe you have students at your studio who are ready to start fresh and get into a consistent practice routine. Or maybe, YOU are hoping to light a fire underneath your students in anticipation of spring recitals, competitions, festivals or masterclasses. Performances alone may be enough to motivate some students;… Read more »

Preparing for Examinations

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By Marc Powell Examinations for music students are becoming more popular each year. These tests can be great to build confidence and give structure for students in their studies. ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, Piano Guild, NFMC are all examples of organizations who provide assessments for all levels of study. These examinations are also helpful for college… Read more »

Performance Importance

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By Julia Kossuth As a young teacher, and thus lacking years of consistent teaching in one place, I’ve been able to consider what works and what doesn’t work to motivate my students. This has also been largely influenced by my own piano teacher through high school, who I maintain contact with to this day. I… Read more »

End of Year Recital Preparation

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By Julia Kossuth As our end of the year recital approaches, a mere two and a half weeks away, it is my goal to maximize the time I have with each student so they are truly prepared for their performances. I’ve found that with only two recitals a year (Christmas and May) it can be… Read more »