Questions about how to teach music

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How to help students remember Half vs. Whole rests

The symbols for the half rest and whole rest are pretty much the same and in the literature my students play we rarely encounter them. Is there a good, memorable way to describe which is which to ...
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How can I teach a student who seems to have no rhythm?

I've been teaching a highschool kid acoustic guitar lately and even though everything related to the left hand is progressing well, he is having major problems with his rhythm. To give you the full ...
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Teaching a student to match pitch

I'm a piano teacher and I currently have a student that is taking voice lessons from another teacher. Our lessons involve me accompanying her and discussing interpretation and style. She has some ...
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Becoming a good guitar teacher

I am thinking of starting guitar teaching and, of course, I am aiming to become a good guitar teacher. I don't think it will happen in the near future, because I don't have enough skill level yet, but ...
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Why would a teacher ban the metronome altogether?

So when I was a kid I had this piano teacher who was completely against even owning a metronome. He was adamant that using a metronome to practice was a bad habit and insisted that pupils always ...
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What is the difference between the classical and contemporary method of teaching instruments?

Ever since I learned that you could learn to play instruments through a classical or contemporary method, and that musical teachers are taught classically or contemporarily, I've been asking myself ...
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In what order shall I introduce traditional music theory concepts to adults using solfege?

I have 24 sessions in which to deliver basic music theory to university-age students. Although they are likely to do some singing in their future careers, they are unlikely to receive further musical ...
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I'm a musical novice. Can I start my child off on piano?

I'd like to help my six-year-old son try out starting on a piano. At this point, I'm not prepared to invest the money or scheduled time necessary for formal lessons. So, I'm interested in trying to ...
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What is the best way to introduce my 4 year old to harmonica?

My 4-year-old son just got a standard 10 hole harmonica in C from his grandmother, and I would like to give him a good start that will encourage him to enjoy playing. I myself started out just like ...
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Should fingerboard tapes be used for beginner violinists ?

Some teachers use them and some don't. I've heard that they can become a crutch and cause delayed ear training development, but others say they are necessary at the beginning. Can they really cause ...
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How can I encourage a soloist to play louder?

In the training band I conduct, we sometimes choose pieces that focus on one player as a soloist. Many of the players have no previous experience of playing in public. Often, the children's natural ...
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How do I teach a five-year-old violin?

I just got a request from a mom who would like me to start teaching her five-year-old violin, and I really need some help. I've been teaching piano and violin for three years now, but I've never ...
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Teaching young kids (7-9) basic piano and music fundemetals.

I've been teaching a 9 year old kid piano for about 10 months and it has been going pretty well, but recently I was asked to teach a few more kids (one as young as 6) to play piano. Teaching the 9 ...
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Tips for a New Teacher

I'm an intermediate guitar player. I've been playing for a few years, mostly teaching myself with a few months of lessons in the middle. I'm not a great player, or even particularly good; but I can ...
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Teaching a group of people of varying skill levels

I'm volunteering at my high school, teaching violin/viola to beginners so that they can join the school orchestra, and I've run into a bit of a stump: they all started out as complete beginners, but ...
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How to give classes on improvisation

I'm giving a 6 times 3 hours workshop on musical improvisation. The participants are 5 to 10 mostly classical musicians, skilled with their instruments, slightly interested in jazz, and all keen on ...
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One-to-one techniques for improving ability to sing in tune

There are a number of questions on this site from singers who want to find software so they can work, on their own, on their ability to sing in tune. However, I am hoping to do some one-to-one (and ...
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What does a piano teacher do?

I have never taken piano lessons. I can read notes, not fast, but I can. I took tonal harmony course (just for fun) when I was at the university. I mean, I know the basics of harmony. Also, I can play ...
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What can I do to help my guitar student get off the ground faster?

About me: I'm an intermediate guitar player whose preferred style is extreme metal. I've never given lessons before. I only read tabs but I have a basic understanding of music theory. About the ...
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Note duration in Hindemith's “Elementary Training For Musicians”

On the recommendation of a friend (and Nadia Boulanger), I am working through Hindemith's "Elementary Training For Musicians", with an eye to using a small selection of its exercises for some of my ...
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How does one help a student sing in a “missing” range?

Take a high-school male voice student whose range would best be classified as a bass. The top of his range is about F3. However, he can also sing falsetto. The lowest falsetto note for him is about ...
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Overcoming the “we're not good enough” syndrome in amateur choirs

I've seen this in pretty much every amateur choir I've ever been in; the director will avoid putting certain pieces in front of the full choir (or any of them), the major reason being some sugarcoated ...
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The teaching of scales, chords and keys

A question for the music educators out there. What are we doing wrong that is causing so many young musicians to ask so many questions based on the misapprehension that only certain notes and certain ...
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How to make people interested in what we're teaching?

I've seen so many music teachers just give theory lessons and then have the student practice the ideas on their instrument. I think – with a lot of people want to study music like guitars, pianos ...
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Technique in which student repeats notes teacher plays

I came across an interesting essay on playing by ear, in which the author describes a method he called "Call and Response Teaching" (section 2 in the article). The description is thus: The ...
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Should very young bassists use a German bow?

I play bass with a German bow, and teach this to my students. Recently my school aquired a 1/8-size bass. Should I get a German bow for this one, or would it be too big? Should I rather use a French ...
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Teaching unmotivated students

I teach 2 ten year old twin boys piano, but they both show no motivation to learn. Every time they come over they have a new excuse for why the couldn't practice at all in the last 2 weeks since I ...
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How can you teach a child the names of the notes on each key on a keyboard?

My 7 yr old daughter has been given a Yamaha PSR-60. She starts Piano lessons in a few months, but in the meantime would like to understand a bit more about the keyboard. How can we tell what the ...
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Playing Separately with Hands and Feet on Drums

I'm training playing drums for about 3-4 months, but I still can't control my feet separately from my hands (i.e. when I play some rhythm with my hands I can barely play some other rhythm and keep it ...
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Teaching using the Piano Adventures series

I am currently teaching five young piano students using the Piano Adventures curriculum (which is the method I learned by) and so far I am really in love with those books! However, two of my students ...
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Games for the young piano student?

I've been teaching violin and piano to beginners for a couple years now, and I'm starting to notice that piano tends to be a little less fun for my younger students. In violin I have several fun and ...
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Mathieu Crickboom “The violin” method

My teacher insist on teaching Mathieu Crickboom's The violin books. The violin has 5 volumes. it usually take 5 years for 5 volumes. I don't know is it good method? what's the most famous method ...
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I need help teaching a piano student with dyslexia; are there any websites specializing in this?

I know there are websites for teaching students with dyslexia, but are there any focusing on issues special to music, and particularly piano?
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How to teach music

For one week I'm going to be teaching music at a vacation course for kids. How can I effectively teach the basics of music to kids aged 5-12? I know it's very little time. The coordinator wants them ...
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Time signature equivalent - two bars in Waltz time

I'm teaching a dance class in Waltz, the music is of course in 3/4 time. I wanted a way to describe to the students the beats in 2 consecutive bars, which I thought of as describing as '6/4' - I know ...
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Teaching Theory for Violinist in Suziki book 2?

I have been teaching a young violin student for quite a while now with the Suzuki method, and she is now about to take 'Bourree' in book two. But recently I started reading the stuff on the pages ...
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Are there any piano method books that start with the expectation that you can already read music? [closed]

I've taught adult piano before and used Bastien's adult piano series, but was looking for a fit for someone who has already played another instrument throughout high school.
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“It takes dedicated PARENTS to produce a good drummer” — Tell me more

Motivated by Why is it so hard to find a good drummer?, which had a comment that stated: It takes dedicated PARENTS to produce a good drummer. I'd like to know more about this -- the DOs and ...
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Teaching Electronic Keyboads [closed]

Which would be a good book to use to teach electronic keyboard to beginners? The 'Fast Track Keyboard' series of books by Hal Lenoard seems like a good choice. Does anyone have any ideas, suggestions? ...
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introducing the 3 main concepts of harmony : chord, tonality, mode

Where is the best example of a 7-8 pages course defining all together the basic concepts of harmony, that would be useful when teaching harmony to an adult who is interested in classical music, ...