How To Teach Music

Listening. Playing. Reading. Creating. For anyone about to teach music of any curricula, these words all pose many questions and unknowns looking more academic than practical making it all way too hard. For many teachers it all just sounds way too confusing, stopping them fromRead more…

What to do when you are not feeling valued as a music teacher, even if you are effective.

In today’s episode we’re tackling an important topic: How to create lasting fulfillment, no matter what in music teaching. Because music teaching can be a mixed bag, right? Our emotions can range from utter exhilaration to total exhaustion, sometimes in minutes which can ultimately leadRead more…

Sammy Nestico Still Making Music at 90!

If you’ve ever played in or conducted a band, the chances are that you’ve seen the name Sammy Nestico written on the top right-hand corner. Mr Nestico is one of the true living legends in music education and we’re so excited to be speaking toRead more…

What Makes a Music Teacher Great?

What makes any teacher great? This has been debated for a long time now. For years, people thought the number of students per teacher was the most important factor in learning. Then educators focused on the size of schools. Now, latest studies are showing thatRead more…

Young Children's Listening: What are they choosing?

Even very young children now regularly use digital media. Research published in the US, done by Common Sense Media Research, found that nine out of ten 5- to 8-year-olds have access to a computer. Over one fifth of that age group use a computer atRead more…

Teenage music trends: Do you know what's making their headphones hot?

  Gangnam Style – and I could finish this blog here! But, as we know, teenagers can be fickle, and it’s possible that in a week or two, this most “liked” video in YouTube history, as awarded by the Guinness World Records(i) could be, well,history!Read more…

Dyslexia and Music: An Overview

What is Dyslexia? Let me be clear from the outset – dyslexia has nothing to do with how intelligent a person is. Sadly, there is no single definition of the condition. And, there’s no fundamental scientific understanding of the underlying cause of dyslexia despite aRead more…

Kids and their iPods:Changing the way Children Listen

We’re not used to really big numbers in music teaching and 300 million is a really big number! It’s the number of iPods that have been sold since their launch about 10 years ago. A game changing bit of technology: not least because, through iTunes,Read more…

Is Music Education in Crisis?

There are some disturbing traits emerging across the world when it comes to music education. Budget and curriculum cuts and in some cases elimination of music programs are common conversation between our music education friends based in the US, Australia and UK. This has promptedRead more…

Ten Top YouTube Videos for Music Teachers

It’s so easy to connect to your students in a meaningful way with multimedia and with music education videos on YouTube. With a single click, you can instantly inspire young musicians to excel musically and academically, teach a concept through the language of video orRead more…