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Start Playing Music Again – Tips for relearning an instrument

There are many of us out there who took music lessons as a child but stopped when we reached adulthood. If you are experiencing the urge to get back into playing music as an adult, you’re certainly not alone. Here are some tips and food for thought about how to prepare yourself for a successful musical restart. Finding the right teacher There are several reputable online resources out there that can help you locate a teacher that will be a good fit for you. As a teacher, I have favored Reverb Lessons, and have had some of my best students find me through that channel. Be sure to get in
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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Kids: How Does Music Help?

Emotional intelligence — or emotional quotient (EQ) — is a lot like your IQ (intelligence quotient), but instead of assessing your smarts, it looks at your emotions. Basically, emotional intelligence indicates how well you can recognize and use your emotions. More schools are integrating emotional intelligence learning into their programs to help children perform better in the classroom. One way to do this is to incorporate music-related studies into the curriculum, as research has shown a very close relationship between emotional intelligence and music. What Is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence refers to your ability to perceive emotions and assess them. This includes your ability to understand emotions, read others’ emotions,
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How to Choose Sheet Music for Piano Students

Piano teachers know that the day always comes when a student asks to play a song or piece that isn’t in their method book. If they’re a first or second year student, it’s quite possible that they aren’t ready to play the most difficult (and usually most accurate) arrangement available. As their teacher, it can prove challenging to find appropriate sheet music for piano students. Fortunately, these days there are multiple difficulty levels of nearly any song or piece to choose from, such as those offered here at Musicnotes. What criteria should teachers consider when choosing an appropriate arrangement for a student? In my experience, the three most important skill
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