Category Archives: Techniques

something borrowed…

Ok, so my plan for this week was to write a series of articles about the importance of instrumental music programs in schools, but that will have to be placed on the back burner for a bit.  Today, I want to address something that, at first glance, is diametrically opposed to the common methods of teaching instrumental music performance—though I think there are commonalities involved as well.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you will have noticed by now a link to an article I just posted titled How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses, and I believe that the information there could have profound effects on the entirety of both primary and secondary education.  If you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to do so now.  I’ll wait…

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motivation and achievement

Many years ago, I wrote a paper for one of my graduate classes on the subject of motivation.  It regarded the age-old question of how to motivate kids to practice and succeed in music, but I think the information is both still valid and applies across the whole spectrum of education.  Here, today, I reprint it in its entirety.  Enjoy!

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