Singing After Forty

Posted by on August 26, 2013 with 2 Comments

Barbara Lewis


Hello to all readers!

I am so pleased to be writing to you here on the MusicLearningCommunity Blog.

My name is Barbara Lewis. I have been both a singer and a vocal coach for over 30 years. I am delighted to be associated with the Music Learning Community for whom I am now creating a series of videos that will teach adult singers –  (ie: those who are singing after 40 – although, I hope that younger singers will enjoy the series, too!) –  how to sing better. Level One of the series is called, Easy/Fun Singing!  (Coming soon.)  Continue Reading «Singing After Forty»

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Too Young for Music?

Posted by on August 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Too Young for Music? How Young Is Too Young For Kids To Pick Up Musical Instruments?

 From celebrated classical music to rock n’ roll, kids are picking up music faster than ever, and as a parent you may be wondering how early you can get your child interested in learning a musical instrument. While many factors vary from child to child, if your child has the attention span to follow a lesson, there’s no reason not to start him or her down the musical path as early as possible.


Even before your child is able to hold an instrument, you can get him or her excited about it by exposing your child to music early. Singing and playing music yourself, or playing music through a stereo, will get them interested and help their later lessons feel natural.

Toy instruments will get them started, too, and you may find that percussion instruments such as small drums or a toy xylophone will allow your child to experiment before he or she can even pick up a violin or guitar.

For more ideas on how and where to add music to your child’s life, check out local venues for live concerts, or try showing them how bands work with resource sites like SonicBids.


Even the most rudimentary of musicians can learn more quickly and with better engagement in a group. If your child is looking for other children to interact with who share a common interest, small clubs or the musical programs at his or her school can be a great way to keep your child motivated and excited about music.

A good teacher will also be able to find what motivates your child to practice, and the best music teachers connect with their students on a friendly level rather than intimidating. Look for a teacher with a strong rapport with your child, and your child will be getting excited for basic lessons, too.


Playing a musical instrument is complicated, but fun, and with a good attention span, a child can stay focused on a lesson long enough to begin learning the basics. Most professionals recommend seven years old as a good age to get started, but you could easily begin showing your child the basics around four or five, if you can hold his or her focus.

Simple, focused lessons and plenty of excitement generated by mom and dad will help your child get into music early, and continue enjoying it for a lifetime!

This article was written by Kandace Heller


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Beginner Piano Lessons

Posted by on August 22, 2013 with 2 Comments

If you are thinking about starting beginner piano lessons for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect in your lessons. The first few piano lessons, regardless if they are in a traditional private lesson, a group piano class, or even a method of self-study, usually focus on a few simple concepts and exercises to get the absolutely new piano player started. Continue Reading «Beginner Piano Lessons»

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Teach Yourself Piano in Your Own Time

Posted by on August 22, 2013 with 1 Comments

So you have decided to learn piano. As do many adult learners, you may be considering some way to teach yourself piano instead of taking private lessons. Self-study is a truly viable option today. Various methods and materials designed for motivated learners are becoming more and more available through online and other resources, and they have never been better. This article presents a few ideas for your consideration while you select a method for self-study. Continue Reading «Teach Yourself Piano in Your…»

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Lifetime Musician™ Curriculum

Posted by on August 21, 2013 with 3 Comments

Introducing the new

Lifetime Musician™ Curriculum

Although the games have been sequenced to various piano methods, as documented in the Student Pages, we have wanted for some time to have a general curriculum as well.

We are pleased to announce that our new Lifetime Musician Music Literacy Curriculum is now ready to use. The Lifetime Musician organizes the games by level — from beginning to end — in a sequence that matches most music teaching methods. You now have two choices for accessing the learning games: the original way by level and category or through the Lifetime Musician system.

This is the forerunner to our new e-learning system under development.

We have prepared a short video to further explain how to access and use the Lifetime Musician Curriculum.


“Beta” means that we are still editing! 

This is fully functional but you may find some games that don’t load and some graphics that are missing. Thanks for your patience!

Log in as a student and click “Lifetime Musician Beta.”

(Note: Wait for the blue bars to appear from Primary 1A to Level 5. With a slow internet connection, this could take several seconds.)

Click one of the blue bars to choose a level. There are 20 “Assignments” in each level with 5 to 8 games in each assignment. Every 5th assignment is a “skill check.” Click an orange tab to choose an assignment. 

Students will enjoy the new navigation

 This makes it extremely easy for a student to know which games to play and to see their progress. 

You can choose the Learn, Play, Quiz (and Challenge) stages of the game and you can see the target score right from there. When you finish the game, your score will appear under the target score. When you reach the target score on the Quiz, the gray check mark turns green so students can see that they have mastered that concept.

This will hopefully eliminate the need for some of the assignment sheets. Teachers can now assign a level and an assignment number. Returning students may be surprised to see all of their previous scores already displaying in the new system—complete with green check marks!

Please note that when a student finishes a game, the browser automatically reverts to Level 5. For now, please ask students to remember the level and assignment number they are working on. 

Teacher Guides 

The Lifetime Musician teacher guides are available as PDF documents in the Teacher Resource Center. Here you will see the games in each assignment. You will also find an alphabetical list of all games in each level that shows where to find each game in the Lifetime Musician curriculum and shows how to find each game by category.

Note: The “Games at a Glance” checklists have been updated and now include the reference to the Lifetime Musician curriculum. 

Starting a new student

We suggest that students new to start one level below their performance level and play the quizzes. If they don’t achieve the target score the first time, they should play the Learn or the Play until they have mastered that concept, then try the quiz again.