Top 5 Music Education Blogs
Music education bloggers write for both students and teachers. They encourage students to learn, practice and enjoy music, and form a fantastic support network for other music teachers, lesson plans, tips, free tutorials, interviews with musicians, and more.
Why Learn Music
Music is one of the most common 'languages' around the world. People of all nationalities listen to, play, learn, and teach music and a variety of instruments.
Most children learn music skills, such as rhythm and melody, starting from preschool or kindergarten, and continuing at least until secondary school. Many also learn an instrument with lessons outside school.
Did you know: music is also a great tool for learning languages quickly, with many early language classrooms using music to help new language information 'stick' in children's long term memory.
Top Music Education Bloggers
The best music ed blogs have fresh content, and can use a variety of media.
Video tutorials are especially useful for instrumental musicians, while document-style handouts and lesson plan components may be available from classroom music teaching blogs.
Aileen Miracle is a music teacher in schools around Columbus, Ohio. From kindergarten to high school, and in private classes, she loves inspiring children to love music and learn instruments.
With a degree in music education, a masters degree from the Kodaly Institute in Hungary and over 18 years of teaching experience, Aileen's blog is a fantastic resource for music teachers of young students.
Originally the blog was begun with the aim of sharing ideas about music education, Aileen has found that her teaching and lessons have changed for the better through putting her ideas down in words.
Despite a busy schedule and juggling a young family, a new blog post is published on average twice a week.
As a music educator, Aileen believes the most important skills to be musicianship, passion, the ability to relate to children, and to methodically break instructions into small steps - especially when teaching kindergarten or elementary school aged children.
She has also provided a series of videos on her YouTube channel to help music teachers plan lessons and courses.
George Bevan is currently the Director of Music at Monkton Combe School. As an organist, choirmaster and teacher, George has led music departments in a variety of schools, teaching music to students mostly aged between 11 and 18, in addition to teaching privately.
He is passionate about teaching, having started teaching privately while still studying. George believes the most important skill a teacher can have, is to be able to inspire their students!
George started this blog as a way of sharing his vision for the Monkton Combe Music Department with his colleagues and his students - enabling every pupil to find their own voice.
Occasionally, his private piano students star (anonymously) in a blog post, much to their delight.
Featuring posts full of tips and thoughts about teaching, learning music and inspiring students to love their music studies, George publishes once or twice a week to Music@Monkton.
Accomplished British concert pianist, Melanie Spanswick has been teaching music alongside her performances for many years.
With a busy concert schedule around the world, awards and scholarships, and even recitals for the Queen Mother, and the Queen and Prince Consort of Denmark, I'm always amazed Melanie has any time to maintain such a fantastic blog and be active on several social media sites.
Focused mostly on piano music education, Melanie posts two-three times a week with tips for students and teachers, both in text and with videos (vlogs).
Additional blog articles cover music in history, and answers burning questions that students ask - such as "How much practice is enough?".
She has published a fascinating video interview series with a variety of professional musicians - great for amateur musicians to learn from.
Melanie also features many performances on her blog by professional and amateur pianists, especially from festivals, interviews and workshops.
As a music teacher, Melanie believes the most important skill you can have is patience!
Melanie's tips for piano playing have been invaluable for me as I attempt to relearn piano after a long absence.
Melanie has just published her first book, and it's a great one! It's packed with information for the beginning student, but even more for parents and teachers of new piano students.
It includes a list of good pieces and books for beginner students, tips for finding a good teacher and preparing for exams, and comparisons of the types of pianos available for purchase.
If you have a child starting to learn piano, this book answers all the questions you are afraid to ask for fear of being rude or of looking stupid.
Melanie Spanswick's tips to find a piano teacher
Classical guitarist, Gerald Klickstein, M.M., has had an extensive career in music, with over 35 years of experience both performing and teaching.
Currently the director of the Music Entrepreneurship & Career Center at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Gerald was previously an accomplished faculty member of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
To help both students and teachers practice efficiently and perform at their peak, Gerald wrote The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness, in 2009.
Originally developed to be a partner resource blog to Gerald's fantastic book, The Musican's Way provides resources to both music students and teachers.
With tips, tricks and strategies to improve music practice and performance, enhance creativity and develop a career in music as a performer or teacher, the Musician's Way blog expands significantly on the book.
A new blog post is featured every two weeks on average, with occasional guest posts by other university lecturers in music or professional musicians. Gerald also offers a free monthly e-newsletter, with additional information.
A fantastic resource for music students and teachers, with a detailed guide on how to get the most out of practice sessions, strategies to perform perfectly on stage, and to avoid injury and illness.
I have been using this book to guide my practice sessions as I am recovering from severe synovitis in my right wrist, and learning to deal with spondyloarthritis. It has been an invaluable resource for me.
Accomplished chamber musician and performer, Erica Sipes has been teaching and accompanying musicians for many years.
She is currently a faculty member at Radford University, teaching piano there and offering accompaniment services from her home studio, which she shares with her vocal coach husband.
Offering a variety of services, including practice bootcamps (something I desperately need!), Erica's blog has been shaped and inspired by her experiences in teaching and setting up a music coaching business.
With posts published around once a week, Erica offers her thoughts on learning and teaching music, specifically how to motivate students and improve practice sessions.
With anecdotes and videos from her own practice, some of which are live streamed on Facebook, she happily gives helpful tips for ensemble and group playing, plus health tips and thoughtful introspective posts about music, teaching, and running a business.
Inspired Practice is full of tips that Erica has discovered through many years of practicing and coaching others, in addition to inspiring quotes. A good book to have in your teaching studio, or to motivate a discouraged student struggling to maintain inspiration.
Erica believes that the most important characteristic of a music teacher is a constant desire to learn more themselves!
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