Music, The “Magical Mystery Skill?”: 4 Reasons Elitism Exists in Music Education

Why is it that musical ability is seen by "non-musicians" as an innate, seemingly magical set of skills that either you have or you don’t? "Non-musicians" throughout this article, will refer to people who do not engage in musical activities outside of listening and may have, for a number of reasons, been turned off from … Continue reading Music, The “Magical Mystery Skill?”: 4 Reasons Elitism Exists in Music Education

The 3 Golden Rules of Effective Teaching

Teaching for the first time or teaching a new subject or type of group for the first time can be difficult. In music, it could be teaching a style or genre that you are not familiar with, whether it be popular music, world music, or any combination of unfamiliar territory. When I present my Rock … Continue reading The 3 Golden Rules of Effective Teaching

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