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How did students remember what to practise between lessons without any sheet music?

Before the time when sheet music was popular people were good at playing keyboard instruments. I am referring to the time when printing books was expensive. How did the students remember what to ...
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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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What are the problems in teaching guitar via Skype?

I have taught guitar one-to-one for several years and would now like to start offering lessons via Skype. What are the major problems in teaching guitar by Skype and can they be overcome? Are there ...
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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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What is a good app, software or other efficient method to type out staff notations? [closed]

I’m asking for suggestions and recommendations from music theory educators who often need to prepare music lesson notes and set tests that will require a lot of staff notation images, for e.g. an ...
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Didactic impediments of using simplified versions

I have been discouraged (read: told "don't do that!") from using a "simplified versions" book of famous pieces, and I've read also here many questions (for example this one, or this one). They ask, ...
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Why don't key signatures indicate the tonic?

It's always seemed strange to me that key signatures don't indicate the tonic. I feel this has two main drawbacks: Beginners (and more advanced students, it has to be said!) often find it difficult ...
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How can I help a piano student who doesn't slow down to read the notes

I have a student who, when he tries, can figure out what notes he's looking at on the score at a decent pace. He couldn't sit down and sight-read something fluidly, but the foundation is there. The ...
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Music Education in the UK: skipping all grades?

I live and work in the UK as an engineer. In the past, aroudn 10 years ago, I got a diploma in piano with 10/10 cum laude in an Italian Conservatory. After a hiatus of several years, I started playing ...
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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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How can I find a decent synth teacher in London

I've been searching online and most of the sites I've found only seem to have piano teachers but I want someone who can also help with the sound editing / technical aspects of my new synth. Have ...
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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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Piano scales: Why bother with hands together?

During my first ten years studying classical piano, the scales that I played were hands together, parallel. But the only literature that actually has scales in both hands, for more than one bar per ...
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How can we effectively teach schoolchildren theory?

Background Reading: I thought it was worth extending the recent discussion about music theory to the topic of teaching theory. I think our default approach to teaching theory is sometimes too ...
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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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Piano Learning book with fingering details

I wish to learn piano by myself. So I am looking for a comprehensive teaching book with lots of shertmusic with fingering details available. Book should cover big collection of music sheets with ...
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Piano vs singer notes

What pitch does the pianist play for male voice when the score is written in the bass clef.is it that pitch or an octave lower.
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How does one teach a subjective art form like music composition in an objective manner?

As someone who has never taken composition lessons, I've always wondered how one teaches composition without straying into the purely subjective. In other words, how does one teach composition in a ...
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Beautiful quote about “B durum”

This one goes out to all the scholars and historians. I'm trying to put together a little booklet, for my students, to explain the accidental markings (sharp, flat etc) and where they come from. My ...
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Musical Training to help with taking up Cello in the fall

My daughter is 8 and has been taking private piano lessons for around 3 months now but will take a break from lessons over the summer. In the fall (when school starts back up) she will be taking cello ...
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What are some of the tips for musicians starting out as teachers?

What are some of the pitfalls and tips for starting out as a teacher? What do you need to start your own successful music teaching business and what are some of the things you should avoid?
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Why do music teachers emphasize reading sheet music and not playing by ear? [closed]

When I was younger in my teens, I went to my neighborhood piano teacher, an older lady that went to Juilliard in her youth. The very first thing she had me do is sit down with very elementary sheet ...
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Modern Cello Pedagogue

Simon Fischer is a prolific author on violin instruction and practice techniques. He studied under Dorothy DeLay and has several books on techniques for practice. I have found his material extremely ...
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Scales and order of presentation

Why do some violin scale books, after starting with C Major and A minor, then work through key signatures up to six flats and then work down from six sharps?
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Any books similar to Mikrokosmos written by a famous composer?

I just discovered this gold nugget in piano teaching called Mikrokosmos by Bela Bartok. Are there any other books that have progressively difficult sight-reading exercises written by a famous ...
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Books on composition as insightful as Goeschius [closed]

I've been a magpie for books on composition/orchestration, and it seems to me that the books written by Percy Goeschius are the best, most insightful and well-written that I've come across. Hia ...
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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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Standard Jazz teaching repertoire

I am a classically trained pianist with many years of teaching experience in the classical repertoire. I would like to expand my horizons and become more knowledgeable about jazz and pop piano music ...
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What can a musician determine from the below examinations about the student, and how?

In my university's musics and fine arts department, all the instrument courses have some sort of interview for the students from the other departments.For example, for violin courses, they played 4 ...
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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 a lefty to play drums

I've been asked to teach someone to play drums. I noticed that he's predominantly left-handed. I play right-handed, and feel that for his future, he'll be better off learning with the kit set up ...
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Is there anything I can do wrong when teaching my son how to play the piano? [closed]

My son is nearly 3 years old and is clearly showing an interest in the piano. I've been playing around with him, mainly encouraging him to mash the keys, try to play a single note, and so forth. ...
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Am I eligible to teach on classical guitar

I have been playing classical guitar for over number of years and have a grade 8 practical in trinity. Sometime I have considered to teach some students but not sure whether I eligible to teach ...
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What are the top 3 most desired drumming skills? [closed]

I often assume that speed is by far the most common desired skill for drummers. But then again, rudimental applications around the drum set seem to also be up there. For this reason, I'd like to see ...
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Teaching proper piano posture

I'm teaching a nine-year-old how to play piano. He's very quick at learning, but he can't seem to pick up how to sit at the piano properly. No matter how much I prod him, he keeps slouching and ...
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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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Stretches for inflexible adult beginner violin players

I would like to know about stretches or exercises adult beginners can use to inmprove their flexibility for string playing. I have a violin student who hand and arm can only rotate about two thirds ...
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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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Teaching hard passages to a child

First off I'm no teacher neither have I studied music. I have played the oboe for 15 years now and play in multiple amateur orchestras. Now I have encountered situations where I'm asked to lead a ...
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How do I help/tutor my sister for her solo?

Okay, so my older sister is singing a solo (To The Sky From The Earth) for an ISSMA contest. She's still making lots of mistakes in pitch, rhythm, and intonation, and there's only a week left till the ...
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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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Restarting music lessons/exams and beginning teaching

I've been on an instrumental hiatus from music for 2 years due to my GCSE exams and from singing for a year. I've been told I can take back up 2 out of the 4 instruments I used to play and have ...
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How are child piano prodigies taught so quickly?

Can you create prodigies or are they born? I'm mostly curious how teachers handle a student like this, and what methods they would use. Please give credentials before you answer. Edit 1: I was ...
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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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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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Is perceived progress in singing performance necessarily a good indicator of the quality of the teaching method?

I'm taking singing lessons from a few teachers; I am trying to figure out, in a reasonable way, which teacher to stick with. I'm in a situation though, when I don't have a way to evaluate the quality ...
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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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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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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 easiest ...
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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 ...