Pedagogy and Products June 26, 2015

As a music teacher, every week interesting articles come across my desk filled with the latest tips and news on the music education front or pedagogy (which is defined by as the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.) In this new column, I will distill tips from the best of these articles and include the links to the full articles for further study. I will also highlight new products that can enhance your experiences in teaching, playing, or studying music. First this week is a really interesting blog post written by Peter Greene on the Huffington Post Education Page entitled “Stop ‘Defending’ Music Education.” Greene points out the fact that as educato

Why Mistakes Are So Important

We all know the old expression, “Practice makes perfect.” As a teacher, I definitely like to preach this sentiment as much as possible, and I think pretty much everyone can agree with it no matter what it is you’re trying to get better at. Where all the debate and confusion comes in, however, is what exactly is supposed to be going on when you’re practicing. A lot of people have this assumption, that since practice makes perfect, the more time you put in, the more likely you will get perfect, and therefore people just haphazardly throw themselves in a practice room waiting for the perfect to all of a sudden hit them. As I’ve written in previous blogs, there are a lot of different ways to go

Pulling Off Pull-Offs

Pull offs are such an important part of every guitarist’s technique. It’s tough to name any player who doesn’t include them as one of their main go-tos. I have found, however, that a lot of people tend to make pull offs a little too hard on themselves when they’re first trying to learn. For as common as they are, they are extremely misunderstood, and I’m sure everyone remembers, or is currently going through, a phase where they’re a real struggle. Here are a few points that I always try to help people with when they’re either learning about pull offs, or trying to refine or clean them up a bit. Pull Offs Are Not Just Backwards Hammer Ons: The most common thing I see people getting confu

Lessons from Children All Adult Students Can Learn From

As a teacher, I have had more awesome experiences than I can count. A pretty good number of those times have come from having the opportunity to teach all ages, and seeing just how different the brain of a 6 year old and a 60 year old are. To be completely honest, I myself have learned quite a few things from teaching really young kids. Their minds work in a way that can be extremely refreshing for someone grown. Here are some enlightening tips I’ve learned straight from the minds of young ones. Not everything you learn has to fit into everything else you know: I’ll start with a disclaimer so that I don’t seem contradictory to my past blogs: As a teacher, I do often try to relate idea

Jam Session-May 2015

The idea behind these Jam Session books is to foster creativity among all Falls Music students as well as bring them together into one big learning community. Students get a sense of accomplishment from seeing their creative ideas written out, but they can also learn ideas from other students of all ages and styles that they may normally not have any connection with. We are very excited to share some of the creative ideas our students have put together for this past month, and even more excited to see how awesome this will be as it grows! Please share with family and friends! Download the PDF here!

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