TEACHING TIP #1: The Shy Singer

Music class is a time for fun, for participation, for socialization, as well as for learning music. But what do we do about students who are too shy and reluctant to sing? A couple of inexpensive tools can help the “shy singer.” After these confidence-building activities, your shy little musicians will soon become comfortable and eager singers.

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The Search for Music (and jobs) in a Downturned Economy

Musicians, take heart even in a downturned economy. Music has always been about social connections, and all musicians who have ever performed know about that intimate connection between themselves, their music, and their audience. Music creates a human bond of listening and connecting in a wordless conversation of the soul.

We fret and worry that support for music in the schools may diminish. We know in our gut that short-term illusory fixes like “bailouts” are all about political theatrics in a dance between power-hungry  politicians and Wall Street. The arts usually receive patronizing praise and the short stick at best, and are totally left out of the conversation at worst.

But music will never disappear from the scene. The ebb and flow of a Beethoven symphony has a spiritual meaning, a permanence and a reality that will always outperform the jagged lines of a Dow Jones stock chart that fluctuates daily with “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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6 STOMP-inspired ideas for music classes

stomp live STOMP Live! DVD is now available. If you loved STOMP’s incredibly popular first DVD, STOMP Out Loud,  then you must see the exciting sequel to the internationally acclaimed  Broadway, London, and Las Vegas show.. It is a live theatrical production from London’s Brighton Dome,  and has immense appeal for all ages. Enjoy bonus features, including an interview with Stomp creators, Stomp tour previews, behind-the-scenes footage, history of Stomp, and performer bios.

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