Category Archives: Teaching Strategies


Transformation Through Music

What is it that causes a mistake to be repeated? Discovering the answer to this can bring about great transformations in a person’s life. I know, because my life was transformed when I discovered the answer. I watched one of my students struggling today. After watching her repeat her mistake more than three times, I…

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How To Teach Pop Music to Students Without Ruining Their Reading Skills

Pop quiz: How could learning to sail teach you to climb a mountain? To put it another way, do you teach pop music by insisting a student read 150 year old sheet music first? I always ask my students what they want to learn in their first lessons. They don’t always have a straight answer, but they…

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Music Lessons are not a Playdate: Seven Reasons to Study Music

I recently had a very awkward phone call with a parent who had some serious concerns about “paying all this money for my kid to have a playdate”. It was very difficult to suppress the gag reflex and keep things civil, because hearing that she considered my professional services to be a “playdate” was a…

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The Practice Detective Part 1: Why Lucy Hated to Practice Piano

Lucy’s mom looked broken. “She won’t practice piano! No matter what I do, she refuses to practice. But she still likes taking lessons. I told her she has to practice or I’ll pull her from lessons and she STILL isn’t practicing. We might only be able to do this till the end of the month unless…

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