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Friday Favourites

Time to take a Friday Pause

 

It’s been a busy week on the blog this week with all the theatre I’ve been out seeing, but I’ve had some chances to check out other people’s stuff too. So here’s the picks for this week:

 

Call centre boss motivates staff with sing-alongs (BBC News) – Great news story about the positive power of singing.

The 3 Biggest Values of Adult Piano Lessons (Music Teacher’s Helper) – This could easily be retitled as “music” lessons as the points apply to singing as much as any other instrument. Are you an adult in Edinburgh who’d like to take up music for the first time? Contact me!

The Tumbling Piano. An Instrument of Death (LaDona’s Music Studio) – A warning story about the dangers of music! (Singing is definitely less likely to kill you than the piano!).

Sex still sells classical music but attitudes are changing (Tom Service on Classical @ The Guardian) – The best response I’ve read so far to this week’s media discussions of the sexualising of women in classical music.

We are building cathedrals (LaDona’s Music Studio) – A short inspirational post about the big picture of music education.

Friday Favourites

Time to take a Friday PauseWelcome to this week’s Friday favourites. Enjoy them with a cup of tea, a biscuit and your favourite symphony, opera or musical! Have a great weekend’s practice.

 

Do You Have a Student About to Quit Piano? – Save them with this email (Teach Piano Today) – Would this work for you? I’m not sure it’s the miracle cure, but I do think it’s a great reminder for all of us that learning music is a journey, with hills and valleys. The reward isn’t getting to the end (there is no “end”…) but the things we learn and do along the way.

A New Spin on the Popular Game for Teens and Tweens (ComposeCreate) – I love the idea of using a spinner for older students, but it’s the Affirm-A-Term game itself which appeals – a great way to work on learning musical terms in group sessions.

The Role of Intervalic Reading when Reading Music (Color In My Piano) – A wonderful post about how learning intervals can help with sight-reading. Intervalic reading is the core of how I teach singing sight-reading, but it’s a good way to look at things no matter what your instrument.

Tapping into the Video Game World When Practicing (Beyond the Notes) – Ever wondered what Tetris might have to do with music practice? Have a read of this blog post!

Was Mozart really a genius? (LaDona’s Music Studio) – A very interesting post, debunking a few myths about a composer who seems to be held up as a legend. The post which inspired LaDona can be found here.

Carmen (Don’t Shoot The Pianist) – Yes, it’s a Facebook feed cartoon. But it’s about an opera, and one of my favourite roles too!

Friday Favourites

Time to take a Friday Pause

 

Check out this week’s pick of the blogosphere. Do you like the new Friday Favourites log?

The Key to Better Performances and Crispier Waffles (Bulletproof Musician) – a fab post by the master of great advice on the mental and emotional battles of music. This one is focusing on control – specifically the things we can control.

Bashing on Keys (LaDona’s Music Studio) – anyone who’s ever played piano has probably done this.

Express Yourself Vocal Scheme (Helen Russell Music) – The long-awaited Key skills stage of Helen’s vocal scheme, which rewards achievement for beginners before they reach Grade 1. Check out the whole scheme from this page. I’m currently trying to develop my own version with a focus on classical music skills.

Music Apps for Teachers and Students (Color In My Piano) – A new permanent page from Joy, who runs Color in my Piano recommending some good music apps. I’m not sure how many are available in the UK and/or x-platform, but it’s worth at this list if you’re planning to buy some.