Types of Tools for Teaching Music

Music Lesson Tools and Comments

Here I want to outline a few basic types of music teaching tools and media.


In this world of technology it’s easy to cover only the high-tech side of things, but we have to remember that sometimes hard copy (books) are great for the beginner. They don’t need to worry about interface issues, network connections or dropping the iPad in a puddle. Some industry-standard method books through the years include:

  • Mel Bay Guitar Method
  • Berklee School of Music


But of course there ARE some wonderful tools in technology coming out every few months, and some of the best I have found are:

Mac/PC Software

  • eMedia Guitar Method (including Intermediate Guitar Method)

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New Horizons for Adult Music Learners

Learning Strategies for Musical Success

One exciting program that serves the needs of adult music learners is the New Horizons Music Program. In the late 1980s, Roy Ernst, professor at Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, started to think about developing a music program for retired adults. Traditional community bands mostly catered for people who already could read and play music. In some community ensembles, many of the players had music degrees, and auditions were sometimes required. Roy wanted a beginning-level entry point for adults, just like elementary schools have. In 1991 Roy conducted the first New Horizons band in Rochester, New York, and the program has flourished ever since. Now approximately ten thousand adults are involved in two hundred bands, orchestras, and choirs, in eight countries, under the New Horizons banner.

Three types of beginner usually join New Horizons: those who never have learned an instrument; those who did play but gave up in…

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New research further confirms that music training benefits kids’ brains

RhythmiCity Blog

Children with at least two years of private lessons showed enhanced cognitive control, which aids in information retention and behavior regulation. ‘Musical training may actually help to set up children for a better academic future,’ said senior investigator Nadine Gaab.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/new-research-confirms-music-training-benefits-kids-brains-article-1.1836426#ixzz35RIRq0b3

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Music Babies – Lessons Required

The Fine Art of Babies

Lucy_PianoI am often asked why my Babies are so musical.  Most assume it is a dominant genetic trait and perhaps there is some of that – double allele and all.  If I look at our ancestry, I recall stories about “great voices” and music as the evening entertainment before electronics.  Grandpa Golden was said to play a fine fiddle.  I make great music in my head – not so great with voice and fingers.  Grandiose ideas, however, go a long way and in the end, if parental talent is just so so, music lessons for Babies make up for parental deficits.

Just make certain that piano is in tune.

CC Mia piano

Would you let them quit math?”  That is my standard reply to the question about why my kids are musical.  It took me a couple of Babies to refine this philosophy.  I was convinced that lessons in music provided a special type of education…

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Sing Together And Connect – Oxytocin

Learning Strategies for Musical Success

One of the most significant neuroscientific contributions in recent times involves the linking of the hormone oxytocin with singing. If there is such a thing as a morality hormone, oxytocin just might be it. Oxytocin is a hormone produced by the brain that contributes to feelings of trust, generosity, compassion, kindness, caring and empathy for the people around you. The brain releases oxytocin in large quantities after sexual activity, which bonds couples together. Other stimulants of oxytocin include breastfeeding, massage, dancing together, praying together, and hugging.

An activity that leads to the highest levels of oxytocin production is singing, and in particular, singing in choirs. Therefore singing together can transform people to a more receptive frame of mind for bonding with one another. We have been aware of the health benefits of singing in a choir for some time, such as the ‘feel good’ factor, the boost in self-esteem, a…

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Stravinsky on how NOT to appreciate music

Only Strings

igor stravinsky

“Most people like music because it gives them certain emotions, such as joy, grief, sadness, an image of nature, a subject for daydreams, or—still better—oblivion from “everyday life.” They want a drug—“dope.” It matters little whether this way of thinking of music is expressed directly or is wrapped up in a veil of artificial circumlocutions. Music would not be worth much if it were reduced to such an end.

“When people have learned to love music for itself, when they listen with other ears, their enjoyment will be of a far higher and more potent order, and they will be able to judge it on a higher plane and realize its intrinsic value. Obviously such an attitude presupposes a certain degree of musical development and intellectual culture, bit that is not very difficult of attainment.

“Unfortunately, the teaching of music, with a few exceptions, is bad from the beginning. One…

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