Music History & Facts

Interesting facts about music, music history, etc.

We all know that without the extra motivation and accountability from the teacher, students tend to take a break from the piano as well as lessons.  This can be dangerous, in that students will forget what they have learned rather than continue to be challenged in fun and educational ways at the piano.  So, how can we, as teachers, motivate and inspire our students to continue to learn, practice, and enjoy the piano when they are on vacation?!  ?
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Has a student ever had a difficult time mastering a piece?  Have you ever been at a loss as to how to organize a lesson and point students in a forward position toward successful goals accomplished in their practice times.  The following list is not exhaustive, but will hopefully be helpful to all of you as we strive to help our students develop a strong, well-rounded musical education.  This list is based only on the practice of one piece.  Theory, ear-training, sight-reading, application of duets, and much more are different subjects to be addressed at different times.  🙂 [···]

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The minor pentatonic scale, often referred to as the “Relative Minor Pentatonic Scale” is a scale that has only 5 scale tones in a natural minor scale: 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7. It is called the “Relative Minor Pentatonic Scale” as the notes in the scale can be played with a song in the major key as well as the relative minor key. This common scale is found in the opening bars of “My Girl” by The Temptations. [···]

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