How to Re-String a Nylon-String Guitar

Why Nylon Strings? There are a number of reasons why a teacher might want to use nylon strings over steel: The strings are softer, therefore easier on the fingers of young learners. They have a gentler sound than steel-string guitars. The neck is easier to maintain because the tension on the strings is much less … Continue reading How to Re-String a Nylon-String Guitar

How to Teach Young Learners to Use Their Singing Voices as a Male Teacher

One of the most difficult things to do as a male music teacher working with primary learners is demonstrating a singing voice and having them match pitch. I do a lot of singing and playing and tend to use my falsetto voice a lot. At the primary age, it is difficult for them to displace … Continue reading How to Teach Young Learners to Use Their Singing Voices as a Male Teacher

7 Play and Movement-based Springtime Music Activities for Kindergarten

It is that time of year again where music teachers and classroom Kindergarten teachers alike are looking for Spring activities for their youngest learners. As we know, Kindergarteners learn best through play and movement. The following activities is guaranteed to have them playing or moving in some way: These activities are designed in such a … Continue reading 7 Play and Movement-based Springtime Music Activities for Kindergarten

How to Set Up and Run Your First Sound System for Live or From-Source Sound: Music Teacher Edition

If you've taught any music in public school, you know that running a sound board is expected of you even if you have no idea how to run one. It isn't taught in our music education degree, and there are usually no courses that help us understand it. This means that we are usually left … Continue reading How to Set Up and Run Your First Sound System for Live or From-Source Sound: Music Teacher Edition

Why You Should Not Teach Your Students to Play Lefty Guitar Even if They are Left-Handed: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

I have been hearing/seeing a lot, recently, in person and online about buying left-handed guitars or re-stringing a regular guitar for left-handed learners. The same 'issue' comes up with ukulele. My advice is don’t bother with lefty guitars unless the student had already learned it that way on their own. In that case they will … Continue reading Why You Should Not Teach Your Students to Play Lefty Guitar Even if They are Left-Handed: A Guide for Teachers and Parents