For Students: How to be a Successful Music Student

So how can you be a successful music student? To really get the most out of your music lessons it takes more than just showing up, practicing and learning your music. Use these tips to help you grow as a musician and an artist. Record your lessons With today’s technology, … Continue reading

REVIEW: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory Version 3 (software review)

Full Title: Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Version 3 Complete CD-ROM (software-student version) Developers: Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus Released: 2010 Platforms: Windows/Mac Summary: A full curriculum of lessons, ear training and assessment for beginner through intermediate level students, this program is a stand-alone interactive software program that … Continue reading

For Teachers: Running a Music Teaching Studio – the New Must-Have List

While the pedagogy of teaching rarely changes, the ideas about running a music teaching studio change all of the time. When I started teaching, computers were in their infancy. Cell phones had to be carried in small suitcases and “texting” was not a word. The internet did not exist. (Gee, … Continue reading

REVIEW: Music Teacher’s Helper

Full Name: Music Teacher’s Helper Product/Service: Complete Teaching Studio Management System Price: FREE for the first 30 days – then $14, $29 or $49 per month depending on studio size Summary: Music Teacher’s Helper is a complete online system that allows you to fully organize your teaching studio. When you … Continue reading

For Students: How to Find a Music Teacher for Private Lessons

So you want to find a music teacher for private lessons? That’s great! Whether it’s because you have aspirations to become a professional musician, or you are wanting to hone your skills to perform in a community music organization or you are just are doing it for enjoyment, taking private … Continue reading

For Teachers: Writing a Music Teaching Philosophy Statement

If you have ever applied for a university teaching job, you may have had to write a music teaching philosophy statement. When you are writing a statement for a specific position, you want to take into account the institution you are applying for and try to tailor your philosophy to … Continue reading

REVIEW: The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance and Wellness (Gerald Klickstein)

Full Title: The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance and Wellness Author: Gerald Klickstein Released: 2009 Summary: This is a comprehensive guide for all practicing and professional musicians. In this complete treatise, the author gives detailed instruction on not only how to develop into a technically facile musician but … Continue reading

REVIEW: The PracticeSpot Guide to Promoting Your Teaching Studio (Philip Johnston)

Full Title: The PracticeSpot Guide to Promoting Your Teaching Studio: How to make your phone ring, fill your schedule and build a waiting list you can’t jump over Author: Philip Johnston Released: 2004 Summary: This is a comprehensive marketing guide for the private music teacher looking to grow their studio. … Continue reading