Helping music students become better readers

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail Benjamin Franklin Don’t you find that your students are more successful at learning the music if they have looked at the score first before setting off? If left to their own devices, some will jump straight in and be quite surprised when they’ve reached the end…

Students love musical mysteries!

One thing I have noticed about my own music students is that they love a good mystery! Almost one of the first theory games I made was ‘Who Stole My Doughnut?’ and I have found it to be a great way to learn theory without students even realising – they are having so much fun…

Improve note reading with Fruit Ninja!

Are you looking for fun resources or games to make note reading fun? If you are like me, you might have lots of music students at different levels. Some have learnt only a few notes in their method book, whereas others have covered the whole of the stave. Wouldn’t it be great if you could…

Who ate my cake?: an interactive mystery for beginner musicians!

Make music lessons fun with this new interactive musical mystery for beginners! Learn the music, search for clues and work out who ate the cake. At around 2 p.m on Thursday Mrs Sponge, the cook of Cherrywood Castle, told King Bomblebeard she had made his favourite cake and left it in the kitchen. The King…

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…

Do your students suffer from ‘jump straight in’ syndrome?

I teach a lot of young students and we often use music games to reinforce what they are learning (as you may have gathered from my website!). I’ve noticed recently that you can actually tell a lot about a student’s learning style just by playing a game. Recently, for example, I was helping someone with time…