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Teaching and learning music in slices

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I’ve been talking with many of my students about the importance of not trying to learning in giant gobbles but rather in small bite size pieces or slices of pie.  Learning a new piece is like eating pie; you don’t eat it all in one bite.  You take slices, and then forkfuls and then chew on each bite a while before moving on to the next. Dr. Shinichi...

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Using Colors to Learn Music

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One of the core concepts of my approach to teaching music to young children is the use of colors to represent pitches.  I’ve used this with great success on both piano, guitar and in reading music notation. Those of you studying with me have already seen my piano covered with translucent tape and my guitar with colored stars up the fretboard. Here’s a...

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Study shows link between music & brain plasticity

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A recent research study on the linkage between the arts and brain development shows that students of music have definite structural changes in happening in students who practice as little as 15 minutes a day. So, I’m not making this all up!  It’s really true. From the Baltimore Sun article: Charles Limb, a Johns Hopkins doctor and a jazz musician,...

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This Is Why I Teach Music

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This is a wonderful piece that has been published many times.  It reflects how I feel about teaching and the wonderful teachers I have had in my life. That Is Why We Teach Music Not because we expect you to major in music Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life Not so you can relax Not so you can have fun BUT so you will be human so you will...

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A First Lesson for Piano – Video Clip

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If you are currently taking lessons with me, you will know this as the Peanut Butter Sandwich or the Mississippi Hot Dog. It’s a great first lesson for anyone studying the piano, regardless of age, as it builds finger strength, independence and gets your hands in the proper position.  So much of music is based on muscle memory.  So you may as well get it right...

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