As a music teacher you know the power of lessons to completely change a student’s mood from blah to YAY! How many times has a student showed up to the lesson so stressed out that your original lesson plan didn’t stand a chance?
I am so excited to announce that my student Mary Rene Quarles just released her first music video and it addresses this very issue! Mary Rene is 13 years old and has been studying voice with me since she was 9 years old. This year she released her first single, Monday Is Coming, which she co-wrote with myself and Grammy Winning Songwriter Jayne Olderman. Since then Mary Rene has started piano with me because she wants to be able to accompany herself while singing. Her story is a perfect example of how music lessons can benefit a kid! It’s also an example of out of the box ways teachers can deepen their student’s learning.
Monday is Coming is a celebration of the weekend and in this music video it shows us how music can change our whole outlook! You should definitely set your Friday morning alarm to this song. Check out the video AND just to FUN things up a bit, answer this trivia question for a chance to win a FREE DOWNLOAD of Monday Is Coming.
How many times do we see Mary Rene at the Skating Rink in the Monday Is Coming music video?
Comment with your answer and I’ll enter you into a random drawing for the Free Download! 3 Winners will be chosen and announced on Friday October 13th!
One thing every singer needs to be careful of is forgetting the lyrics! I’ve forgotten lyrics a time or two and I know for a fact it’s NOT what you as a singer want to do!
“The lyrics hold the message you’re trying to communicate in the song so it’s crucial to get them right.”
Taking specific steps to learn the lyrics – apart from the melody is very helpful. Most people say they don’t really pay attention to the lyrics, but as a singer this is NOT one of your choices.
Write those lyrics out – don’t just print the lyric sheet and read from there. The physical act of writing the lyrics out is so much more effective – especially if you write them as you hear them on the recording rather than copying them from a googled lyrics sheet.
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Do you have students or kids of your own who HATE piano practice? There are so many reasons why kids hate practicing piano, but one of the main reasons is that it can be LONELY. With a little imagination and planning, though, piano practice can be a social event! Watch the short video below to see how…
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Have you tried any of these things to help your kids learn to play piano? Tell me how it went in a comment below!
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What to sing? That’s always the question – especially when it comes to young boys. Here are 7 choices to get you started.
1. Fireflies by Owl City
2. Say Something by Great Big World
3. What Do I Know by Ed Sheeran
4. One Call Away by Charlie Puth
5. Count On Me by Bruno Mars
Help grow this list! What are your favorite picks for songs for young boys to sing? Put your thoughts in a comment below!
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Choosing a song is probably one of the hardest things for a singer to do! So, here’s a little list of songs to help you out the next time you’re at a loss of what to present to your Tween/Teen Girl vocal student.
- Opportunity – positive, hopeful message. Popular because of the recent remake of the movie Annie. Watch on YouTube
2. Waiting Outside The Lines – Although Greyson Chance sang this song it is an excellent song for girls to sing as well.
3. Try Everything by Shakira. – Popular because of the Zootopia Movie.
4. How Far I’ll Go by Alessia Cara – Popular because of the Moana movie.
5. Colors of The Wind – Tori Kelly version
6. “Monday Is Coming” featuring Mary Rene Quarles – Fresh, fun pop celebrating the weekend.
What are some other songs that you feel should be added to this list?
Share them in a comment!