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Ukulele for kids: what size should I get?

Ukulele for kids: what size should I get?

By on Feb 3, 2017 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

There are several sizes of Ukulele.  This instrument, from Hawaii, has had a major resurgence in the last decade or so. (If you’ve never heard of Jake Shimabukuro – just google him now.) And why not?  It’s so fun!  And portable! Plus you can get a really nice one for less than $100. The four most common sizes of Ukulele are Soprano Concert Tenor...

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American Idol And Finding Your Voice: A Music Teacher’s Perspective

American Idol And Finding Your Voice: A Music Teacher’s Perspective

By on Mar 20, 2015 in Teaching Methods | 0 comments

My family loves to watch American Idol as well as The Voice.  These competitive singing shows are fun and introduce a new audience to a lot of great songs, old and new.   The shows are both well produced and fun and get you involved with each contestant’s story so that you care whether or not they make the cut. One thing that stands out for me is the subject of song...

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Teaching Strategies For Growth Mindset

By on Jun 2, 2014 in Blog, Teaching Methods | 0 comments

What is the most important factor in a student? Many people would say it’s talent, or effort, or persistence, or luck or some combination of these. Behind all of this is something that is more important – the proper mindset. Recent research (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Dweck, 2007) has shown that there are two different mindsets among students: 1)...

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Some Kids Have A Secret Advantage

By on Nov 14, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

All parents want the best for their child and after-school is an opportunity for extra enrichment beyond the classroom. Yesterday, The Atlantic published an article,  After-School Activities Make Educational Inequality Even Worse.   The author, Hilary Levey Friedman, interviewed and followed 95 middle-class families over 16 months who were involved in soccer, dance...

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Why Memorizing Music Is So Important

By on May 10, 2013 in Teaching Methods | 7 comments

By Andrew Ingkavet With all of my students, I stress the importance of memorizing their pieces, especially for performance at a recital. Here’s some of the reasons why. Repetition is the Mother of Skill How many times did Tiger Woods hit a golf ball before ever entering a competition? Apparently he was already golfing at age 2 when he made an appearance on the...

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