Keep students engaged at home and make practice fun!

pedagogy corner Sep 15, 2020
 

How can we keep students engaged when they leave our classes and help make their music practice fun? 

By Cynthia Kinnunen

You’re working harder than ever to bring learning to your students, whether in physical classrooms or...

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Create a welcoming and engaging space in your virtual classroom

pedagogy corner Aug 11, 2020
 

As with in-person classes, helping our students feel welcome and confident in the virtual space is just as important.  

By Cynthia Kinnunen

By now, most of us are figuring out how to make teaching online work for us in some way....

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Teaching complex chords on the ukulele

pedagogy corner Jun 16, 2020
 

Once students get a taste of new chord flavours, they will be wanting more! 

By Vinícius Vivas

Have you wondered about how to play and teach complex jazz chords on the ukulele? Or how to make simple chords sound even better?

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Engaging students with composition

pedagogy corner May 18, 2020
 

We are always looking for new ideas to engage our students and what better way than to bring their own creativity into the mix?

by Cynthia Kinnunen

Last month, music educator Angela Dwyer gave us some great ideas about introducing...

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Ukulele Improv 101

pedagogy corner Apr 14, 2020
 

Note: This post is being shared during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and makes reference to this.

These are formidable times for music educators. Many of the teaching strategies, motivational techniques and rules of engagement for...

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Working cooperatively to develop tone

pedagogy corner Mar 09, 2020
 

These days, many adult players are looking for more. Sometimes they don’t know what ‘more’ is, but they know they want it. I believe that a place to start is helping students to identify what to listen for and as a...

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Ergonomics and a mid-winter stretch

pedagogy corner Feb 11, 2020
 

Just as athletes have a stretching and warm-up routine, and specific ways that they learn to hold their bodies to avoid injury, so should we consider these things for ourselves as we engage in music making!  

by Cynthia Kinnunen

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How To Start A Song Right!

pedagogy corner Jan 10, 2020

 

One thing is for sure: the hardest part of doing anything is getting started.  Music is no different. 

By James Hill

How many times have you had trouble getting a song started?  The more players there are, the more...

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Intervalactic, Auditory… Teaching Intervals by Ear

pedagogy corner Dec 02, 2019
 

Why is it so important to teach intervals and how can we do it? Cynthia Kinnunen gives us some ideas to engage our students.

By Cynthia Kinnunen

Intervals are building blocks of music. We create music either by harmonizing two or more notes...

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The Beat on Teaching Rhythm

pedagogy corner Nov 04, 2019
 

How can we incorporate one of the most important elements of music into our classes? Cheryl Reid gives us the beat on teaching rhythm.

By Cheryl Reid

Our main goal as music instructors is to teach musicianship, so every single exercise we...

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