Teaching

By Patrick Fritz, Catoctin School of Music Each year, I try to re-read “Nurtured by Love” by Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki. Over a decade ago, his short book helped shape the direction of my teaching career… “When love is deep, much can be accomplished.” “Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and...

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First of all, even if it seems like a silly question to ask, we have to ask ourselves why does learning how to dance have to be fun? A lot of the time, teachers want to teach as much as possible, giving lots of information to their students without noticing that a good part of it won't do any good. Think of eating for example, when you...

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An important part of playing an instrument is learning how to care for that instrument. I try to teach basic guitar maintenance to all my students. This helps them be more confident in their handling of the instrument but will also help ensure lessons or practice is not interrupted by preventable damage. Below is a list of four basic steps to teach students and parents to...

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by Robert Fisher, Catoctin School of Music With the start of a new year and the first anniversary since the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic, most of us have been forced to embrace new norms in virtual teaching, rehearsing, and performing music online. Whether it be through Zoom or any number of teleconferencing applications and technologies, most educators have embraced (albeit, forced to embrace) a...

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by Jamey Mann, The Catoctin School of Music It is usually around the holidays when students start to find their practice schedule getting off track. Holiday travel, events, visiting and many other things start to take over. If not general business around the holiday, then other stressful events in one’s life can make practicing your instrument an overwhelming chore. It is moments like this where student...

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