Our Entire Teaching Approach In Three Words: Play, Connect, Grow.

Our Entire Teaching Approach In Three Words: Play, Connect, Grow.

Vibe Music Academy has taken on a very unique, yet very simple and logical, approach to music education. It's a system that organically progresses through three steps in what's called a "spiral curriculum," meaning the steps are revisited cyclically over time, with increasing degrees of mastery each time.

Here are the three steps to our spiral approach to music education...

Chicago Cubs Videos Are the Perfect Example of the Power of Music.

Chicago Cubs Videos Are the Perfect Example of the Power of Music.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Being a fourth-generation Cubs fanatic, it was without question the greatest and most important sporting event of my entire life. Now that I'm pretty sure that I've scoured every Cubs video and song available on the internet, I'm continually reminded of the reason that I chose the career path that I did: Music is Powerful. Here's some examples of that just from the Cubs' postseason march to the history books...

How to Teach Music to Your Student... Using a Pie.

How to Teach Music to Your Student... Using a Pie.

A lot of students have a hard time reading and understanding rhythms. We're talking quarter notes, eighth notes, whole notes, etc. All that stuff is so crucial to a music student's success, but it can be tricky to grasp when they're first learning what it all means.

I used to struggle to try to have my students memorize all these note names and their beat duration, until one day - out of thin air - I thought of a little visual explanation...

5 Key Ways to Help Your Student Connect With Music.

5 Key Ways to Help Your Student Connect With Music.

It's crucial for a new student to connect with the music they play. This is unfortunately glossed over in too many music teachers' pedagogical approaches, but it's so important! When students connect with music, they learn to relate music to their lives, form opinions about music, appreciate and value all kinds music, and become self-motivated in their practicing efforts. All of these components work together to eventually help students to see themselves not just as "music students" but as "musicians."

Parents play a huge role in encouraging that connection to music in their student. That's why today I'm going to lay out for you 5 key ways for you to help your student connect with music.