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Piano Practice Strategies

It's quickly moving to the busy end of the year, with concerts, school events, and Christmas parties galore approaching. I'm sure that after everything that's happened this year, we're all very aware of just how much being out of a regular routine impacts our ability to practise effectively. This is...
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Scale Spectacular

Term 2 Challenges After the success of last term’s Fantasy Quest, we will be starting our new studio challenge this week! This is a challenge that spans seven levels, from beginners to advanced students; something for everyone! As with our past challenges, this one can be used just for this...
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Self Determination & Motivation

This week I'd like to talk a little about self determination theory, after listening to this podcast. The interviewee, Karen Gerelus, discussed the three psychological needs of competence, relatedness, and autonomy and the relationship with music lessons. I structure repertoire and technical advances carefully to ensure that students are presented with...
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Developing Technique

Technique is an important part of developing a healthy and safe musicianship. Learning for fun does not mean you can get away with poor technique; in fact, it is less fun if your technique is not up to scratch as you simply cannot play things that would otherwise be within...
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Active Listening

If you have spent any time at all in the last few years reading parenting books, or watching parenting videos, you’ve probably heard about active listening. Active listening is a technique that is used in solving conflicts and arguments, and demands that the listener concentrates, understands, responds to and remembers...
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Supporting Your Child’s Music Lessons

It takes a lot of support from adults for students to achieve a HSC worthy level. If you are new to music as a parent, the different language and all the options can seem overwhelming and confusing. However, even if you don’t understand the dots on the page, as an...
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Best ways to practice

What’s your favourite way to practice? Now, because you know this is going to be about music, that’s where your mind has immediately gone. Some of you will be thinking “I should play scales first,” or “I must do half an hour”, or “Oh no, I forgot to tell my...
Fun Music Apps For Sight Reading

Best Music Theory Apps for Kids

Over the past couple of weeks, a number of parents have asked about the best music apps to help learn note reading and improve sight reading skills. Here are my suggestions: For a website (best with computer), try Music Theory Exercises. It’s not presented as a game, but it has...
Music Lessons for Kids and Adults

Am I Too Old to Learn Music?

If music is your passion and you've always wished you learned an instrument as a child, it's not too late! You're never too old to learn to play an instrument. If you are an adult who’s interested in learning an instrument, but worry that you’re too old or it's too...