The Price of Perfection

I firmly believe that music makes the world a better place, and that the joy of making music should be shared.  That being said, however, it is important as teachers and parents to reflect on how difficult it can be for our students and children to actually do that!  This is especially important as we […]

October 16th, 2014|Uncategorized|

The Many Rewards of an Early Childhood Music Education

People often look at me with a quizzical, almost skeptical, look on their faces when I say that teaching music to infants, toddlers and preschoolers is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.  Even music teachers look at me with that sideways grin that says, “what you do can’t possibly be serious”.  “What”, […]

September 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Music lessons …. Are you getting what you think you are?

September is a busy time for families, with back to school and the start up of extra-curricular activities.  Perhaps you are thinking of beginning, or of continuing with music lessons.

Choosing a music teacher and/or school is a daunting task for parents.  We want our children to enjoy music and to be able to play for […]

September 18th, 2012|Uncategorized|

On Being a Music Teacher

It is that stressful time of year when we often wonder why we ever wanted to become a music teacher in the first place.  We are in the middle of preparations for exams, followed by recitals, followed by summer program scheduling and planning for next year.  I sometimes think that if I were to give […]

May 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|

The Fringe Benefits of Music

Music is one of the greatest joys in life. We are surrounded by it in every step of our daily routine …. we have it in the background at home and at work, we walk down the street with it plugged into our ears . All forms of media rely on music to get their […]

November 6th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Why should my child take formal music exams?

Traditionally, music exams take place in June, and this is the time of year that most music teachers start making sure that their students will be well-prepared.  It is a lot of work and, for some students, the process can be quite stressful.  I am often asked, “Why should I send my child to a […]

April 6th, 2011|Uncategorized|

What Can I Do to Get my Child to Practise?!

As a music teacher, I am often asked “How can I get my child to practise?”  I have found that the answer to this very simple question is often truly quite complicated.

As the parent of 2 very talented, and yet very unmotivated young musicians, I often had the same question.  I was one of those […]

February 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|

Music for Celebration

Music is the universal language of mankind.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,Outre-Mer

Music brings people together.  It can break through barriers of all kinds – linguistic, political, ideological – and can provide an inroad to communication and understanding.

The power of music to overcome human obstacles is evident in one of my favourite  stories for this season, the 1914 […]

December 16th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Music Education: More than just how to play an instrument

More and more we are hearing how music can help with our children’s cognitive development and that a musical education is vital to their development, especially in the early years before the age of 9.  What does that mean to a parent?  How do we make sure that we are providing the best possible musical […]

January 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|