Music Education Belongs in Our Schools

Posted by on October 25, 2012 with 0 Comments

Music Demands Perfection

Unlike most academic subjects or sports, music doesn’t just strive for perfection, it requires it.  95% usually gets a student an A in school, but not in music. In the video below, Jack Stamp shows us what music would sound like if we played it 95% correctly. In doing so, he demonstrates exactly why music education is so important to our schools.  Music may not be the only key to success in life, but it is fair to conclude that music plays a large role in the success of many people.

Music is a basic human need.

Music is essential to one’s education throughout life.  All over the world, school music education continues to fall victim to budget cuts.
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The Power of Positive Pedagogy

Posted by on October 24, 2012 with 0 Comments

The Power of Positive Pedagogy

By Mary Gae George

Positive Pedagogy revolves around the way we begin music study and the ways we fulfill the potential of each student in their study of music.

Give your students the tools for genuine, long-range success. Success is the greatest motivation. (Please read that statement several times!) The intrinsic rewards of music study are the most important, long-range benefits. They include the following:

  • Awakening students to the power of their own minds.
  • Involving them in the exciting syntax of the musical language to help them express what they are feeling.
  • Helping them develop powers of focus and attention to detail.

REWARDS: Your students become increasingly self-motivated, involved, and successful.
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A Violist, the Substitute Conductor

Posted by on October 22, 2012 with 1 Comments

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A Violist, the Substitute Conductor

A conductor became very ill one evening just one hour before a concert and was unable to conduct. The orchestra suddenly had to find a substitute and the only person who was willing step in and conduct was the last chair violist. The violist conducted the concert and it was a great success. The conductor remained ill the following day and the violist conducted another concert that evening as well, getting a standing ovation. At the next rehearsal, the conductor had recovered, and the violist took his place at the back of the viola section.

A Violist, the Substitute Conductor

 As he sat down, his stand partner asked him ”So, where’ve you been for the last two nights?”

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Funny Music Definitions

Posted by on October 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

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Funny Music Definitions

Bassoon: a bedpost with a bad case of gas. 

Beat: what music students do to each other with their instruments.

Concert: a place where people go to cough and sneeze. 

Conductor: Someone who is able to follow many people at once.

Counterpoint: a favorite device of many Baroque composers, all of whom are dead, though no direct connection between these two facts has been established.

Cut time: when everyone else is playing twice as fast as you are.

Drummer: someone who hangs around with musicians. 

Half step: two piccolos playing in unison. 

Male quartet: three men and a tenor.

Pitch: a tossing motion frequently used by band students to hand in music.

Trombone: A slide whistle with delusions of grandeur!

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C, Eb and G Walk Into a Bar…

Posted by on October 22, 2012 with 0 Comments

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C, Eb and G Walk Into a Bar…

C, E-flat and G go into a bar. The bartender says, “sorry, but we don’t serve minors.” So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished and G is out flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough. D comes in and heads for the bathroom saying, “Excuse me. I’ll just be a second.” Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and says, “Get out! You’re the seventh minor I’ve found in this bar tonight.”

E-Flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says, “you’re looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this could be a major development.” Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit and everything else, and is au natural. Eventually C sobers up and realizes in horror that he’s under a rest. C is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of D.S. without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

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Effective Piano Studio

Posted by on October 17, 2012 with 0 Comments


Dear Christine,

Effective Piano StudioIt is already July and time to prepare for another piano year but I wanted to send you a note to tell you how well my piano students performed on the MSMTA Theory Tests over the past two years. In 2010 I began to use your site almost exclusively to prepare students from my Piano studio for the Maryland State Theory Test. Continue Reading «Effective Piano Studio»

Run Flash Games on an iPad

Posted by on October 17, 2012 with 3 Comments

How to Run MusicLearningCommunity Games on an iPad

 The games utilize flash. However, iPads do not natively support Flash.  But, there is good news! There is a way to run flash games on an iPad!Run Flash on an iPad

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No Room For a MIDI Keyboard?

Posted by on October 17, 2012 with 1 Comments

Is there enough room on your computer desk for your MIDI keyboard?

Korg MIDI Controller

There are many learning and creative activities that are enhanced by using a MIDI keyboard as an input device. This can be awkward because most computer (desk) workstations are not designed to accommodate even a 4-octave keyboard.

Oftentimes, the MIDI keyboard ends up off to the side at an angle to the computer.The most effective positioning is to have the keyboard in front of the monitor — so the monitor is positioned like a music rack.

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How Blogging can Dramatically Impact Music Student Learning

Posted by on October 15, 2012 with 5 Comments

How Blogging can Dramatically Impact Music Student Learning

Having a blog in is something we’ve wanted to do for a while and, with our new site, we now have this capability. Here is a little bit about what the MusicLearningCommunity blog is, and why and how the blog provides value to you. 

Blogging Can Impact Student LearningWhat is a blog?

Blog is a shortened form of “web log”. It is a discussion or informational site consisting of articles or “posts”. Good quality blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to post comments or to submit articles to be posted. It allows participants to have the equivalent of a family dinner table discussion with others about subjects that matter the most to them.

Why have we provided a blog?

This is an important part of connecting our community. It supports professional development and provides a way to communicate among our members. Additionally, it is an excellent venue to present features–both existing and new–and how to use them effectively. You may have heard that we will be launching a brand new learning management system. We cannot wait to share with you as we progress. You’ll want to monitor the blog as more details will be unveiled in the coming months.
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A Breakthrough Website to Reinforce Music Learning

Posted by on October 10, 2012 with 0 Comments

A Breakthrough Website to Reinforce Music Learning

Thank you for visiting the blog for – a breakthrough website that acts as your tireless teaching assistant and as a reinforcer for essential music theory and aural skills for your students. The company was founded in 2005 by Christine Hermanson, a recognized pioneer and expert in music and computer-based learning.

Our mission is to provide exceptional multimedia music instruction in a fun and exciting learning environment that inspires active participation, promotes the lifelong enjoyment of music, and transforms students into Lifetime Musicians.

MusicLearningCommunity continually strives to be the premier resource for music education technology and pedagogy.  However, we can not do it alone; we need your voice. Join thousands of students and teachers from all over the world who have discovered that music is fun through by participating in our blog. Have fun!  Thank you all for your wonderful support!

 ~ The MusicLearningCommunity Team ~