Karen Gibson, publisher of The Piano Bench Mag, has established an “on the go” music magazine for teachers! Whether waiting for an appointment or just sitting at home, you’ll find a plethora of different ideas in her monthly publication.
The magazine has a specific topic for each month. December focused on Practice, January was Games, February takes a look at Students, and the most recent focuses on Technique. I really like how Gibson includes a variety of articles, as well as resources and helpful tidbit pages. I am much more inclined to look through an entire magazine if I can acquire information apart from just reading articles. Each monthly issue seems to be pretty substantial, too, so you’re pretty well guaranteed a good amount of information and ideas!
If you’d like to purchase an issue or subscribe to The Piano Bench Mag – providing resources and inspiration for piano teachers, it’s available for mobile devices through Apple Newsstand and Google Play (for Android). You can also find The Piano Bench Mag on Facebook.
To try it out, I downloaded it to my iPhone Newsstand (which I have never used before) and I could navigate it pretty well, but from what I could tell, the formatting for the iPad version looked nicer.
If you want a free 3 month subscription, be one of the first three to comment “subscribe me” and the free subscription will be yours!
In a world of advancing technological capabilities, I love discovering new inventions that create more efficient ways to do things or provide another outlet to learn.
Even though I have not personally tried UltraMusician, I like the approach that David Mann has developed for people to learn music on the site. UltraMusician teaches full music comprehension by using 4 of the most essential skills (instrument, theory, sound, and notation) to become a well-rounded musician.
The program is designed with a game-like interface that moves from one skill to another so that everything remains cohesive. And it’s not just designed for youngsters but anyone wanting to learn music.
Below is a video giving further detail about this total music comprehension site and how it works, as well as introducing their desire to launch development of the “UltraMusician Mobile App”.
If you’d like to support UltraMusician’s App Project, head on over to their Kickstarter page before their campaign ends March 2.
You can also check out UltraMusician for yourself by going to their website:
In searching for some musical definitions for our group class (a.k.a. “e.p.i.c. Encounter”) this week, I came across the OnMusic Dictionary. What a great resource for quickly finding musical terms and symbols! I know I’ll be back here a lot!
I appreciated this list of ideas from the latest Making Music Fun! eNewsletter:
Entry Kentry – A Musical Passing Game
Jump the Hoop – A Steady Beat Game
Touchdown – Steady Beat/Math Fact Game
The Wee Little Scare – Steady Beat Game
There have been lots of exciting things going on in my life lately – so much so, that I’ve completely neglected this blog for a few weeks. But don’t worry, I’ll be back and I’ll fill you in on everything soon!
In the meantime, several readers have e-mailed me recently to let me know that for some reason they stopped receiving e-mails with the posts from Music Matters Blog. The service I have been using (Feedburner) is no longer working very effectively, so I’ve set up an RSS feed through my MailChimp account. If you would like to receive an e-mail in your inbox each day that Music Matters Blog is updated, just fill out the form to the right and select the “yes” option under “Daily Blog Email?” Or you can click on this link and fill in additional information about yourself and your studio.
After posting about Beth’s studio trailer last week, I thought it would be great to start a category in the Community section of Music Matters Blog for Studio Trailers. I already added one additional [super cool!] one from Jennifer Foxx about her studio practice incentive theme last year. If you have one you’d like to add to our collection, just send an e-mail to our Community Manager, Julia, and we’ll get it added!
The creative folks over at EasyEarTraining.com have recently launched a Music Teachers Program to provide “special discounts and exclusive offers” on their ear training apps, albums, and ebooks. I always love seeing what they come up with next, and appreciate their devotion to helping all musicians develop a more musical ear in innovative and practical ways!
In doing some blog browsing recently, I came across this fabulous list of piano game resources on Heidi’s Blog! Heidi has organized links to game ideas and materials around the blogosphere according to specific categories: Music Alphabet/Piano Key Names, Note Reading, Musical Terms/Symbols, Rhythm, Whole/Half Step, Accidentals, Enharmonics, Intervals, Ear Training, Stem Placement, Chords, Scales, Key Signatures, Music History, Composition/Improv, and Multi-Concept. I love having resources like this at my fingertips so I can find just the right activity when a student needs to be introduced to a concept or have it reinforced through a fun music game.
There’s also a wealth of resources organized by categories in the Community section of Music Matters Blog, too!
The last e-newsletter from The Musician’s Way directing me back to this wonderful post by Gerald Klickstein on “Making the Most of Music Lessons.” Gerald asks, “What’s the central issue in lessons?” He then goes on to state, “Learning. What, then, is the primary role of students? To be adept learners. (Teachers facilitate learning.) So let’s look at what it means to be good at learning.”
Many of you know that I take off the month of August to travel and spend time planning and brainstorming our practice incentive theme for the next year. This article is very helpful as I consider my role as a teacher and how I can effectively equip my students to be good learners. I am starting a lot of new students this year, so I am excited about the prospect of training them to learn well and progress into excellent young pianists!
In my research for For the Love of Music, I came across this site by http://annettemackey.com/ that has a wonderful and extensive collection of free music rhythm worksheets that you can download! I know I’ll be back here often!