This tech stuff can be intimidating, I know. I wrote an blog post earlier this month called "6 Ideas for Teaching Music Online," presenting you with some easy ways to engage with your learners in an online environment. This post will give you 5 more ways to engage with your learners to help you teach online. These software pieces don't necessarily give you real-time access to your kids but they do give you ideas for your kids to interact with music at home, asynchronously.
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
Making rock music sound authentic with your student rock group can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some ways to simplify your rock tunes for your kids while still keeping the integrity of the song and the sound intact: Use simple versions of the main open chords for guitar. Don't use … Continue reading 8 Ways to Simplify Rock Tunes for Your Students
Every year I execute this Guitar Unit with my kids at school. It is designed to get them reading a little bit and learning some chords too. This year, I focused more on chord progressions and playing songs with the entire class than I did individual skills. We did not touch the books near as … Continue reading How to Teach Classroom Guitar in an Authentic Way
The PEI Jazz and Blues Festival School Tour, headed by Andrew Waite and The Firm, was a huge success at Montague Consolidated School. We have never hosted the tour before and I am incredibly happy that we did. The band members were great with the audience and included the kids as much as possible. They … Continue reading Inspiring Kids and Workshopping a Rock Band