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Jul 26, 2013

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Eight Helpful Tips for Finding the Right Music Teacher

The following is a guest post by Abby Evans.

Eight Tips for Finding the Right Music Tutor

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It’s hard to challenge the benefits of learning music, considering the effects it has on the brain and a person’s happiness and mood. Whether playing an instrument or singing with a chorus, learning music can hone a wide variety of cognitive skills, trigger the release of endorphins, and re-wire brain networks in positive ways. And with children, it can be a powerful aid with learning concepts, strengthening memory, and enhancing everyday activities.

Sadly, a growing trend – especially in the United States – is to slash state funding for public school music programs.  This omits a critical learning component from children’s education, and puts the future of music in jeopardy. Luckily, there are still a number of amazing tutors available for private lessons, and the institution of music is not dead yet.

Here are some helpful tips for finding and choosing a good music tutor:

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Feb 1, 2012

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Music and Movement in Kids Curriculum

One of my fondest memories of preschool teaching was when one of my little kids handed me a CD for circle time. She proudly came in to the classroom waving it in the air saying, “Teacher, Teacher, for you!”. After I thanked her, she says “teacher, please play it during circle time because when you sing, it’s not nice eh!” . OUCH! Haha. While that little incident did make me stop and think about including music and movement in my curriculum, I did not let it deter me from doing so. I realized that the incorporation of music and movement activities in class DOES have a lot of advantages for the kids.

Incorporating music and movement at whatever grade is important. For early childhood classes, introducing simple instruments can be explored. In fact, making such simple instruments can be included in arts activities. For older kids,  more complex instruments can be introduced and for advanced learners, they can even explore the mechanics of such instruments. For example, they can learn about how to change guitar strings, replace drum skins and the like. They can also look into the wiring system of electronic musical instruments and use a seymour duncan jb in order to experiment on how adjusting guitar strings can bring a better balance to the sounds the instrument produces. From there they learn more than just music, but even elements of electronics, engineering and mechanics.

Overall, much as I am not very musically inclined, I do see the value of making music a part of everyday learning.

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Jan 19, 2011

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Songs for Music and Movement

One new category I hope to add here in my blog (yes, even as I count down to my retirement as Teacher Ria) is that of Music and Movement. In this section I hope to post songs, lyrics and videos of the different songs I like to have my kids sing and do in class. Trust me, even if I cannot sing and dance to save my life, these activities have helped keep me young and believe it or not, often times is better than those that  crash diets that work supposedly but don’t really. These activities, they really do!!! Haha. I end up sweating buckets after playing along with the kids.

Anyway, to start off, here is one of my favorite music and movement songs:

Bear is Now Asleep by the Wiggles

Everybody clap,
(Clap! Clap! Clap! )
Everybody sing,
La la la la la!
Bow to your partner,
Then you turn around
YIPEE!
Hands in the air,
Rock-a-bye your bear,
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!

Everybody clap,
(Clap! Clap! Clap! )
Everybody sing,
La la la la la!
Bow to your partner,
Then you turn around
YIPEE!
Hands in the air,
Rock-a-bye your bear,
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!
Bear’s now asleep,
Shh! Shh! Shh!

Do feel free to post comments below for requests and suggestions :)

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