Why is “focus activities” my TOP teaching tool? The answer is simple. When a student is focused and engaged, the lesson is much more productive. Without student’s attention, even with the best lesson plan, very little can be achieved. Have you tried the focus activity “Up Down Upside Down” introduced in the previous blog? Are you ready […]
Recently Tim Topham, an innovative music educator, asked me this question: “What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?” It’s a great question and it’s so hard to choose just one. However, if I really have to decide, here it is… I always open the lesson with a FOCUS activity. It is a huge hit among my […]
My student celebrated the completion of the 30 piece challenge by designing and recording the CD all by herself. She worked hard to master more than 30 piano pieces. The music in the CD has the sweet memory of her piano journey in 2016.
Inspired by my student’s adorable Valentine card, I decided to make a “sound shape” Valentine for her. As I mentioned in my previous blog discussion about Sound Shape, learning to see the shape of sound helps the student to Recognize different patterns Read in larger chuck instead of individual note Foster the ability to analyze and process […]
Naomi Lewin’s Classics for Kids radio program has always been one of my student’s favorite. This week’s focus is the show titled “Music that Imitates Inanimate Object.” Naomi takes the listener from Haydn, Beethoven’s symphony to Offenbach’s opera. I have selected a video that showcases Carla Maffioletti’s brilliant singing. Enjoy her charm from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman. […]
I came across LADPLI’s post about NFMC Festival Playlist on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/user/ladpli/playlists Here are the pieces from Primary II, III and IV. Level P2 Level P3 Level P4