Almost everyone wants to play a musical instrument but the biggest hurdle is finding the key to unlock the discipline for a daily practice routine. In this blog post and correlating short video, I share my favorite practice advice and you will learn 3 things to help you unlock your practicing success. Learn:
1- The magic power to this simple advice: You don't have to like something to do it.
2- What comes & goes in life and why this matters.
3- The three things that practicing your instrument is really for:
What is your favorite practice advice? Please let us know in the comments below - Thanks!
I love working with strong willed children because I know that what comes out on the other end is a passionate musician and a human being with vision and resolute - all things I value. I am also human and when my sweet 5 year old student came to 10 lessons in a row this winter with only a big "NO" I began to question my teaching approach since things appeared to be stagnant and I was not confident I was actually helping her. In this 3 minute video titled: "No, No, No!!!! Tips for Working with Strong Willed Children" learn 4 things:
BTW - Immediately after making this video the mother texted me a practice video of her daughter who was in the process of doing her assignment 110x that day! Wow, that is exactly why we never quit before the child!
How do you help your child or student when they are expressing a strong "NO"?
Please share in the comments below, thanks!
Hello Everyone, YES, the name of this series just changed, in fact more than once. I am sorry for any confusion with the initial name of the series. The mission remains the same - to help you stay supported in the special work you do. Thanks, Heather
Hello and a heartfelt welcome to this new facet of M4YV.
I know you are working hard and I believe the WORLD NEEDS YOUR TALENTS NOW MORE THAN EVER.
Training a musical instrument develops a creative mind. Our complex world with it's complex problems needs creative thinkers to develop creative solutions and that is where you come in. Your work as a violin teacher (and/or parent of a young musician) fills this void by nurturing creative brains in young children and I want to help you stay supported in the process with this new series.
Teach With PASSION is a series of short (2-3 minutes) & informal videos designed to help you re-charge your musician teaching battery on those days when:
1- The same student showed up for their 10th lesson in a row putting a C# in the Key of G Major (or playing a Minor piece in a Major tonality, etc...).
2- You are not helping a student reach their optimal level and are open to tips for how to better navigate a teaching situation.
Teach With PASSION is also for the teacher that is:
1- Busy and on a limited budget $$$ so unable to attend/afford a teacher training seminar but still have excitement in your heart to glean new ideas to be the best teacher you can be!
2- The burned out teacher who needs a re-charge. Hey, it's a hectic world and being a self employed violin teacher can have it's challenges. Come to me and let's feed that fire and help you stay engaged with your work.
Teach With PASSION is also for:
1- Parents of young musicians. I know the title seems to suggest otherwise but if you are parenting a young musician then you are the home teacher and vital to their growth. I think these videos will be fantastic for you too but just couldn't make the title so long as to include your special role.
2- Awesome people who love exploring human potential. Hey, we may use the violin to teach music but what we are really doing is teaching life so these videos can have a vast application to whatever genre you are passionate about.
Welcome to this new project and please leave comments. Your experience and wisdom is valuable and benefits other's so we would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment here or on the videos. Thanks! Heather
Hi! It's me, Heather. I absolutely love working on the Music for Young Violinists project and all the many facets: blogging, website, music, teaching materials, freebies, videos, newsletter and giveaway contests. The best part is connecting with you so feel free to drop me a line. You can learn more about me on the "ABOUT" page. Thanks!