5 ways to motivate summer practicing

Lounge on the beach or practice scales couped up at home? Tough choice…not. Summer is on the near horizon, which means music students, who are also regular students, are getting ready to throw their papers in the air and run wild. Just because summer is the one time you can actually soak up Vitamin D theContinue reading “5 ways to motivate summer practicing”

How to Recover from a Bad Performance

“Good recovery,” someone said to me after the recital was over. I already knew I hadn’t played my best. The mistakes piled on, and each one made me play worse, like a domino effect. To have someone else acknowledge it as well didn’t help. Others gave me the generic “good job”, but that also deepenedContinue reading “How to Recover from a Bad Performance”

5 ways to get a student to stick with music

Which is worse? “I used to play the flute and then I quit in sixth grade. I’ve always regretted it.” or “I was forced to play the flute all throughout my childhood, and I hated it. I’ve never recovered from the psychological damage that ensued from being forced to do something I didn’t enjoy andContinue reading “5 ways to get a student to stick with music”

How You Learn

In a flute lesson with a student recently, we were working on a section of music that involved a lot of long notes tied together. At a fast tempo, it was challenging to count and stay on track simultaneously. So, we tried it a few different ways. First, she counted out loud while I playedContinue reading “How You Learn”

How I Teach

Assessing Individuals As a private teacher, I enjoy being able to approach each student as an individual. Some want to win competitions while others want to focus on learning songs they know. Balancing fun with growth, technique with musicality, and achievement with confidence are my ways to success as a teacher. I can assess eachContinue reading “How I Teach”