About Teaching

I studied many hundreds of books on music education, psychology, pedagogy, thinking styles, creativity, time-management, neuroscience, etc. This blog is for music teachers who want to improve their skills, services and results with their students. This blog is also for guitar students who want to know what makes a great music teacher.

Teacher Miscommunications & Misconceptions About “Tonicization”

Email to a Student About “Tonicization” This was written after a lesson with a student of mine, who also takes music classes at his college. In one of those classes, his teacher had apparently been talking a lot about “tonicizing”. This somehow led to that student, to think more of this term than it is.
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The Problems with Waiting To Learn More Till Mastery.

Waiting To Learn More Till Mastery. This is one of the many ways people waste an enormous amount of time and talent. The belief system that it is good to master one thing first before you learn something new, is a fallacy that both self-study people and people who take lessons, occasionally fall into. This
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THE Best Practice Approach For Musicians

THE Best Practice Approach For Musicians One of my students, Keith England, shared this following article with me a while ago. He was excited about sharing this with me, because he recognized my teaching approach as described in that article. I’ve been using the educational principles this professor at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music
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The world’s Ugliest Music

The world’s Ugliest Music. We’ve covered quite a lot of theory in past weeks, let’s have some fun watching videos this week. Following are interesting, inspiring videos teaching a lot about music, music education and the influence of music on the brain. The Value of Music Education Music and the Brain How Music Can Be
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What Sets a Music Teacher Apart from A Musician?

What Sets a Music Teacher Apart from A Musician? There is this old adage I’ve heard before: “Those who can’t do, teach”. I’m sure sometimes, they do (teach), but I’m certain, they’re not very good at it. After all: the top teachers know their stuff and can pull it all off too. That adage itself
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