Category: Music Education Blog

Posting by Craig and guest educators about music education, music appreciation and mentoring children and students.

4/28/2013 Who Was Tony Stradivari?

Quick, name the greatest trumpet maker of all time? No takers? How about the father of saxophone builders? If you mention guitars someone would probably come up with Leo Fender but that is the electric guitar. Few outside of the esoteric world classical guitarists would come up with Antonio de Torres Jurado as the definitive …

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4/3/2013 A Little Bit O Soul

For much of human history people could not read music. That isn’t to say that there were not great musicians. They just could not read music primarily because it either was not written down or it was not written down in a very complete system. The earliest example of music notation of any type is …

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3/5/2013 Know Thy Instrument

I hate black boxes – gleaming silver whatchamacallits that are covered with little invisible question marks. I like to know what is going on inside. What makes this difficult is that we live in a world of black boxes. Cell phones, washing machines, TVs, stereos, computers, automobiles…how many of us actually know all of the …

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2/7/2013 Putting Music in the Heart

I am going to let you in on a deep dark secret. This is one that music teachers and music shop owners almost never discuss outside of their own circles. This may be counter to my own best interests but it has troubled me for too long and I am going to take a shot …

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1/26/2013 Time Has Come Today

Professor Steven Hawkin proved mathematically that when the Universe began so did time. That is pretty interesting when you think about it. Comedian Steven Wright said that God created time so that everything didn’t happen at once. He could be correct. All that I know is that everyone has the same amount of time in …

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1/18/2013 Programming Children for Success (or failure)

I love working with kids. Besides being a parent I have taught private music lessons to kids and have been involved in children’s church, Sunday school and puppet ministries. I have also worked in a half dozen different music stores waiting on parents and children as they begin their musical journey together. Candidly, sometimes I …

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1/9/2013 Elephant Fillets for Amateurs

You’ve probably heard the question before. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. There is actually some wisdom behind this bromide. Jobs that seem monumental become less daunting in bite size portions. Learning a musical instrument would certainly fall in this category. Adult beginners sometimes visualize going from four note ditties …

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12/31/2012: It’s Never Too Late; It’s Never Too Early – Music education at any age.

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that 2012 was a good year for you but no matter how it was, I hope that 2013 is even better. We survived the end of the Mayan Calendar (maybe they just ran out of sharp chisels) so let’s look ahead to the coming year. I’ve worked in six music …

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Herding Kittens with Brain Gym®

(Guest post by local Portland violin teacher Diane Lovejoy) One day I was poking around Barnes & Noble looking for some materials to assist me in teaching young children. As a private violin teacher, I had recently been asked to start a new violin program at a preschool where I would teach about 12 kids …

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12/3/2012: Why should my child have a music education?

There are standard courses that we all know should be a part of a well balanced education – math, English, history and science among others. Sports and/or exercise are also important for a child’s development. A music education is not usually on the tip of the tongue when basics are discussed. There are some very …

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