Author: michellep

We all have a bag of lessons we tend to teach every single student at one point in their lessons. For example, all of my students learn the C Major Scale in the first lesson, everyone eventually learns an Improvisation exercise, etcetera, etcetera. After a few too many occasions of students forgetting how to do what I showed them, I realized, I should have a YouTube channel. That way, as soon as I finish my lesson, I can send them a link to the video in my Music Teacher’s Helper Lesson Notes. So far it’s been great!

Students love being able to see the videos while they practice. It’s like having me there with them throughout the week. Here is an example of one of my videos:

A few weeks ago, I saw the fabulous movie “Whiplash” about a dedicated drummer vying for the praise and attention of his intensely effective yet sometimes abusive college professor. If you haven’t seen this film, make it a priority as soon as you have the opportunity. As a teacher, it stayed on my mind for well over a week. It made me think of a lot of things. The professor in the film is a talented teacher, creating a top student jazz band that would make professionals envious. But his methods are ethically questionable. He uses embarrassing details about students to humiliate them in class out of revenge for playing out of tune. He slaps a student to the beat of a metronome when the student is out of time. He even throws a cymbal at the poor kid when he doesn’t get the beat “just right.” It’s pretty hard to watch at times.

And though I of course disagree with his abusive behavior, there is one thing he says

I am a wee bit late in the game of updating my music lessons so that they feel as if we are actually in the 21st century and not the 20th. I only recently started using Apps in my lessons, and wow, I can't believe I waited so long! I wanted to share with you my current fave, "Piano Notes Fun."  It's only $1.99 and that...

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