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Music App - Guitarist's Reference

One of my go-to apps for guitar students when we are talking about theory is "Guitarist's Reference." I mostly use this with my more advanced students to relate chords and scales together. It is available online at www.guitaristsreference.com and in the Windows app store, the Apple app store, the Amazon for Android app store, the Chrome web store and on Google Play.

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Choosing the "Right" Time for Practice

One of the many practice tips we give to our parents is finding the "right" time for practicing. There can be many factors in this - time of day, attitude of the student, other activities going on in the home during practicing. So what is the "right" time?

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Having a "Heart-to-Heart" With Students

Teachers - has there ever been a student of yours who seems to be going nowhere, or worse - de-progressing? And it is a student with ability - you can see it during the lesson. They can play music - and play it very well, in fact! It could be an issue with practicing, motivation, self-confidence - a number of factors. Sometimes it helps to have a nice "heart-to-heart" discussion with a student to see what is going on with them.

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Hooking Practice to a Specific Daily Event

So I have recently gotten back into the habit of practicing after spending several months updating our website. My practicing "trick" to make sure I have a daily practice time is something we suggest to our students all the time - hook your practice time to a specific daily event!

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Back Into the New Year

Well I finally feel like I am back in the swing of things by the 2nd week of the year! Lots of new songs to arrange for students for potential recital pieces, lots of new students to prepare for. The changes throughout the year sure keep a piano teacher on her toes!

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Composing "Articulationally"

Composing with articulation in mind is natural for many students. Especially if their song is telling a story. Making sure to include that articulation in writing down the song is important for the teacher so the student can really see how their articulation sounds are communicated to others. They will also learn to pay more attention to the articulations when they learn new songs.