Product Reviews

The Perfect Wrong Note by William Westney is one of the best books I have ever read! It is a must for any musician – performer, teacher, or student.

The book is all about learning to trust yourself, and how to get the most out of the time you spend at your instrument. As the title suggests, it delves into ‘mistakes’ and why they occur, what they can teach us, and why we shouldn’t worry so much about avoiding them throughout the learning process. This book turns some conventional teaching approaches on their heads and explains some damaging effects of old-school mentalities of perfection and self-criticism. [···]

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In my own quest to organize my personal practice time, I came across an excellent planner geared toward any level of student.  As a music teacher, I find it a recurring challenge to communicate assignments and help my students continue to develop in their practice sessions without me. The Musician’s Practice Planner meets both of those needs, and in my opinion, is a necessity for all teachers who want to impart the skill of practicing unto their students.

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Music LessonsA couple months ago I found a great book about music lessons. At first I found it in the library but after renewing and then still keeping it late, I ended up buying a copy for myself–it’s well written and worth consulting from time to time.

The book is by Stephanie Stein Crease and is entitled Music Lessons: Guide Your Child to Play a Musical Instrument (and Enjoy It!). (The link lets you view the book on Amazon.com if you wish.)

Although geared toward parents, I find many of the ideas in the book relevant to all ages, and as a music teacher, it’s helpful to see the point of view of the student and parent. It can help answer and anticipate questions parents have, and is worth recommending to them for their own information. It also contains general discussions about music education and recent trends (published 2006), and some psychological studies on the subject.

Here are some of the topics discussed in detail in the book: [···]

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