Apply Music Learning Theory Principles in Your Piano Teaching

The beloved television icon, Mr. Rogers said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” (Heidi Moore, “Why Play is the Work of Childhood,” Fred Rogers Center, 2014.)

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Observing Score Details

Students often focus on accuracy of pitches and rhythms because they want their playing to sound correct, and achieving this type of precision can provide them with a sense of success.

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Use Movement to Fix Rhythmic Issues

We have all had students who struggle to maintain a steady beat or who seem to not understand metric relationships. They compress rhythms or slow down during more challenging passages.

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Fix It: Tips for Teaching Snare Drum Basics

The snare drum is the foundational instrument for all percussion instruments. We learn technique and develop our hands while learning snare drum.

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Fix It: Vibraphone Teaching Tips

Within the mallet instrument family (marimba, orchestra bells, xylophone, vibraphone), the vibraphone or “vibes” is the newest member and the most unique.

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Fix It: Snare Drum Rolls Teaching Tips

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a time when you were conducting on the podium and cued a much anticipated, exposed and important snare drum roll. What did it sound like?

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Fix It: Bass Drum Teaching Tips

I recently reached out to a small group of my University of Kentucky alumni, who teach band and orchestra in public schools.
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Fix It: Trumpet Teaching Tips

For over 30 years, I have had the tremendous privilege of playing trumpet for audiences around the world.

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Fix It: Timpani Teaching Tips

As you prepare for the next musical journey with your students, here are some ideas to help your young timpanists.

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Fix It: Trombone Teaching Tips

What makes the trombone special? The sound of the trombone is one of the most profound and glorious of the brass family.

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Fix It: Clarinet Teaching Tips

The clarinet is the coolest and perhaps most versatile instrument in the band. It has an amazing 3.5-octave range, the greatest dynamic capabilities of any band instrument, and is used in many different genres of music from jazz to klezmer to classical.

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