Teaching

by Robert Fisher With breaks from school, some teachers may find their attendance and enrollment in lessons dip some during the inevitable summer vacation months. Rather than negatively resisting students/families summer break plans, embracing the positive aspects of these summer months and schedules can do wonders in your studio. Music teachers and students can and should take full advantage of changes in schedules to build positive...

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by Alyssa Cowell, Catoctin School of Music   Every once in awhile, a student will ask me a question that seems like it should be easy to answer but isn’t. Recently, I had a young vocalist ask me who my favorite singer is. The follow-up question: “Why are they the best?” got me thinking a little bit more.   The student in question is young, and while it is flattering...

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by Jamey Mann, Catoctin School of Music With all disciplines there are many small/basic items that a student needs to utilize for success. These items are not the glamorous new instrument or sound effect, but the everyday, organizational office items that can make a huge difference in a students’ progress. These items include whole punches, tape, stapler, liquid paper, pencils, folder, sticky notes, etc. However, the most...

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Choosing a Better Recital Song Recital season is looming on the horizon, and it’s time to make song selections! In the name of fairness, I make a point to give students the opportunity to submit requests for recital songs before we make a final decision. This does not always go the way I would hope – some students need more guidance than “Pick a song you...

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