Issue 42 - March 2017

Issue 42 - March 2017

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In This Issue

The Brain, Transfer Students, and Breaking Down a Proverbial Wall

Gail Fischler (Piano Addict, The Musical Adjectives Project) has some wonderful tools that she often shares when she speaks at teacher workshops. She shares 5 of them in The Brain, Transfer Students and Breaking Down the Proverbial Wall. While she speaks specifically to her experiences working with adults and transfer students, these tools will be valuable when working with any student.

Play to Learn: Let's Play! By Michael Katz

Michael Katz, creator of Freescaling, is back with some ideas on ways to play blues chords and combine them with melodic ideas in his column Play to Learn: Let's Play! I love teaching my students blues and find it is a good way to get them started improvising. As a teacher, my first attempts at improvising involved playing the blues.

Establishing an Engaged Learning Environment

I was able to pull Jennifer Foxx away from her latest project (a course on creating a more engaged learning environment) to share a few thoughts on exactly this topic in Establishing an Engaged Learning Environment. You can consider this a coming attraction to her course which is due to be released in the very near future! I am very grateful to Jennifer to making time to share these insights!

One Student + One Maxifying Glass = More Effective Learning

If you have ever read either of Nick Ambrosino's books (Coffee with Ray and Lessons with Matt) you already Know that they are chock full of nuggets of wisdom when it comes to teaching and learning strategies. Given the theme of this issue, I managed to twist Nick's arm and get him to agree to allow me to re-print a portion of Lessons with Matt. You will find that excerpt when you read One Student + One Maxifying Glass = More Effective Learning. Often seeing a great teacher in action is worth more than a dozen lectures telling you how to teach. That's one of the many reasons I find myself going back to Nick's books month after month.

The ONE Thing That Holds the Power to Motivate

Leila Viss also shares her thoughts on what has the greatest power to motivate our students in The ONE Thing That Holds the Power to Motivate. You won't want to miss reading her thoughts on perhaps the greatest motivator of them all.