teaching the recorder

Why Teaching the Recorder Matters

In third or fourth grade, depending on the curriculum of the  school, classrooms of energetic, fidgety, over-excited students will be handed their first musical instrument: the recorder. The recorder can be distinguished by a distinct thumb-hole for the upper hand and seven finger-holes: The instrument was first documented in the Middle Ages, and while sometimes considered an amateur instrument, a range of illustrious… Read more →

A Brief History of Carnegie Hall

This year, Carnegie Hall in New York City is celebrating its 125th anniversary. This architecturally outstanding building has embraced a wealth of talented performers in a variety of arts. So, how did it all begin? The building of this hall was pinnacle of a dream of two friends – conductor Walter Damrosch and industrialist Andrew Carnegie.  Damrosch intentions to build a new… Read more →

Vocal Hygiene: Three Easy Tips

Singing is the art of producing music with one, human instrument: the voice. Singing can happen in many forms, from an individual walking down the street, casually reciting their favorite melody, to large choirs harmonizing to a highly choreographed piece. When our lungs expel air through the larynx, our vocal chords vibrate, producing the sound that we manipulate into song. Pianos… Read more →

Wholehearted Attention, Part 2:

The physical and creative demands of musical education require intense concentration, for both the students and the teacher.  The type of concentration necessary may feel familiar to students active in dance and theater. These activities, like music, require consistent practice combined with a desire to excel.  Any performance, in particular, musical performance, demands the wholehearted attention of the performer. Have you… Read more →

Wholehearted Attention, Part 1:

Teaching and learning tends to occur differently in music classrooms versus other classrooms. Other teachers have difficulty understanding the teaching process and in a standards-obsessed education climate as such, music activity is not always appreciated or understood and ultimately funded. Music classes do not lend to being part of a checklist. This does not mean that discrete objectives do not… Read more →

How Playing Music Affects the Developing Brain, Part 1:

A study conducted in 1993 revealed that college students perform better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. The follow up question then became, “Can listening to Mozart temporarily increase IQs?” The general consensus was yes. In 1998 Zell Miller, the governor of Georgia at that time, proposed the idea of providing every newborn in Georgia with… Read more →

Music Neuroscience

Although it is understood that music has many great benefits for the human brain, such as improving our mood or relaxing our minds, the full scope of music’s effects on the brain are not yet completely understood. There is a growing belief, however, that learning to play a musical instrument does have an impact on the ability to understand emotions… Read more →

Music Lessons Spur Emotional and Behavioral Growth in Children

A new study finds that music training aids emotional and behavioral maturation in addition to the clear benefit of developing motor skills.  This recent study is one of the largest to investigate brain development of those who play instruments. Researchers at the University of Vermont College of Medicine used MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Instruments) to analyze the brains of 232 healthy… Read more →

Jo-Michael Scheibe’s “Pure Imagination” on Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.

Check out the Jo-Michael Scheibe’s page on Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. to see one of his many editions. Here, featured for the month of January, is the American soundtrack classic  “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. You can check in out in the Youtube video below. This piece was arranged by Matthew Nielsen. Read more →