News and Resources For Music Educators
As Parents and Music Educators we know the benefits that playing in band and ensemble can have on children of all ages. Children not only learn important playing and team building skills, but their self confidence and social skills can really help them in all areas of their schooling. The children who play in band at school are often referred to as the “smartest Kids” in the school and brain researcher, Dr Gordon Shaw described music as being “A window into higher brain Function”.
But what happens when our children end up with instruments as part of the program that they are not happy with and what can parents and educators do to a) avoid the problem in the first place and b) Make an acceptable outcome for everyone involved. One of my latest articles entitled Musical Instruments for Children addresses these very questions. The article created an enormous response from both parents of musical children and educators. Their comments and feedback are well worth a read and feel free to add your own experiences on this important topic. Have a read today!
If you’re looking for some resources for the Classroom or Studio, then there are loads of articles to read here this month too. In our article called Online Music Competition there is an instruction page for a listening idea called SQUILT that comes with a PDF worksheet for you to download. “Free Music Games” will tell you about some great online games that you can play in classes or use in your studio, and if you’re thinking about getting your children started on some simple Christmas Carols arrangements for piano or Games for the end of the year, then there are some fun ideas to help get you started here as well.
At the Fun Music Company this month, we have been very busy launching two new websites which will make it much easier for you to gain access to motivating materials and save loads of time in lesson preparation. Instant Print Music Lessons is a comprehensive digital package of over 80 pages of worksheets, an exclusive e-book and flashcard sets to help inspire students and make learning music theory fun. My BlogPost called Instant Print Music Lessons Explained will be able to fill you in with all the details. Our other new project called Percussion Secrets is a step by step learning process to percussion instruments. Through this extensive, but easy to follow course with percussion expert, Tim Irrgang, you will be able to dazzle your children with some inspiring ideas that you can use with the percussion instruments you may have lying around. There is a special coupon promotion running at the moment for Percussion Secrets, just Click here for an article and more details.
All the best in Making your Music Lessons Fun!
PS – if you already have a membership of Printable Music Games, then keep an eye out in your mailbox over these next couple of weeks. We are about to change to a better look member area which is much more password and user friendly and will let you change your password to something which is easier to remember.
Music Teacher Resources
Using Music Fonts In Word
If you have ever needed to write some musical notation and put it in Word, you’ll know that it can be really frustrating to find a key and a font style that works well.
This article will show you some great ideas and links to downloading font styles that work. Click here to get full details.
Ideas to help teach piano terminology
Have you ever tried to teach general musical terms to your students, only to find that you get blank looks?
Here are some ideas on how you can get students to remember musical terms using flashcards. Click here to find out more.
Teaching Piano To Toddlers
If you have a piano in the house and have a toddler, Chances are they’ll want to play it!
This article outlines some simple, effective steps you can take to nurture their love for music and to learn some beginning steps in playing on the piano.