Tag Archives: music lessons

Gems from Ed Sprunger, II

28 Oct

Ms. Meredith continues… Asking Better Questions For me, teaching is an ongoing practice where I am constantly learning how to do it better – to be a good teacher is to always be a student.  In particular, understanding that when a student cannot do what you ask them to do is not about oppositional behavior […]

Why Listening?

24 Oct

Listening is the most important concept in the Suzuki Method!  A child’s ear will be well trained by listening, and the student will be motivated to want to play the music they hear.  Because the student will have the music memorized, it gives them attention to the challenges of playing their instrument. A child’s rate of […]

The Heart of Music

07 Oct

Ms. Becki continues… “Of course we need a good instrument. In music, tone is all you have.” These words, spoken to me early in my career by a parent in my studio, actually shocked me at the time. I was so accustomed to helping families save money on their musical equipment, managing the costs of […]

More Fun and Games for Practice

20 Sep

Mr. Tyler concludes… Another game is for helping to make things automatic, such as the musical alphabet, or note names (using flash cards).  What we do is use a stopwatch and to do time trials.  Choose a set goal (like saying the alphabet backwards twice, or doing 10 flash cards).  Time how long it takes to […]

Using Games to Invigorate Practice

17 Sep

Mr. Tyler continues… Another game is for helping to make parts of a piece automatic so that skill is inculcated.  In the study of piano we use this kind of practice a lot to solidify each hand before putting a piece hands together.  This is also a great way to practice to bring greater awareness to […]

Can Practice Be Fun?

16 Sep

Mr. Tyler takes the pen… “Once you find the chore is fun, you’ll find the work is halfway done!” ~Mary Poppins While we all love to feel that practice is rewarding in itself, sometimes even professional musicians find that our practice needs a fresh idea or activity.  These are wonderful opportunities to infuse practice with creativity […]