Making comparisons in music lessons

Never compare one student’s test score to another’s. Always measure a child’s progress against her past performance. There will always be a better reader, mathematician, or baseball player. Our goal is to help each student become as special as she can be as an individual – not to be more special than the kid sitting next…

What is a teacher?

What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows. Paul Coelho It is the start of a new term for me today and I’m looking forward to seeing all my students again….

Music is a gift

Music is a gift from one person’s soul to another. It is the art of all things we cannot see nor touch Nicola Bennedetti, Classic FM Interview What a beautiful quote and a lovely way to restart the blog in 2020! Hope everyone had a lovely teaching break (if you had one) and a Happy…

Learning is fun

Learning should always be fun. They should be having a ball. It’s amazing how much they remember when it is fun. Dan Grable Stumbled across this quote today and couldn’t agree more!

Reconnecting with our childhood instincts

In my soul I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colours of a rainbow Papiha Gosh This has always been one of my favourite quotes. I love the way it refers to the innocence of childhood, when we just experienced life with true wonder and everything…

Dare to be different

Apparently YouTube was created in 2005 but can you remember a time without it? To me, it seems like it has been around forever and I have found it, at times, a useful tool when it comes to teaching. But it also raises some interesting questions to ponder. When I was learning there was no…

It is never to late to learn an instrument

It’s never too late to learn an instrument Today has been music exam day for my students. They got to show the examiner all the hard work they have done this term (and what a friendly examiner too!) I also realised today that one of them is in their seventies. I love teaching adults and…

Music feeds the heart and soul

Education isn’t just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul. Julie Garwood Hands up if you agree! I love the way music touches our emotions and feeds ‘the heart and soul’. This was brought home to me in a recent music lesson where the piece a student was playing connected…

Meet the student where they are

Meet the student where they are, not where you are, and not where you want them to be, but where they really are Frances Clark Meeting the student ‘where they are’ is perhaps likely to be easier in a one-to-one music lesson. We get to know our students on an individual basis and can tailor…

Love of learning

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning Brad Henry There are many things I wish for my students but a love of learning their instrument is definitely high up on the list – if not at the top! What would be on your wish list?

Knowing and understanding

There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something but not really understand it Kettering I love how this quote can apply to learning music. You can know how to play a scale, for example, and not understand it. You could also learn to play a piece of…

Secret to good teaching

The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorise, but so to touch his imagination as to…