Keep Up The Curiosity!

Published: May 11, 2017  |   Category: Uncategorized


When students first pick up a new instrument, everything about that experience is an adventure. It looks new and interesting. It feels different in the hands than anything the student has ever felt. In the case of woodwinds, there are keys and levers and all kinds of moving parts and shiny things. Best of all, it makes sounds! Younger students aren't usually so concerned with what kinds of sounds they're making; honks, squeaks, clacking of keys, and mixed in with that, som.....Read More


The Importance of Connection in Learning to Play

Published: Apr 21, 2017  |   Category: Education


When a student decides that she's going to learn how to play an instrument, there's some kind of excitement driving the decision. Something about it is appealing to that student, and that something is really the most important thing in that student's musical experience. Many students join Band because it simply seems like a fun thing to do. Maybe their friends are in, and they want to be there and not be left out. Some students sta.....Read More


TED-Ed piece on music and the brain

Published: Sep 29, 2016  |   Category: Uncategorized


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Why is there a 24-hour cancellation policy?

Published: Dec 13, 2014  |   Category: Scheduling


All private students (or paying parents/guardians of young students) on my teaching roster are expected to understand and abide by my Studio Policies, listed on my website at https://johnpatdouglas.musicteachershelper.com/policy. The first policy listed states, "Lesson cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson time. Cancellations made less than 24 hours ahead of the pl.....Read More


Options For Rescheduling Or Adding Lessons

Published: Aug 13, 2014  |   Category: Scheduling


ADDENDUM 12/13/14 I HAVE NOT BEEN ADDING THE MAKE-UP SLOTS TO THE REGULAR SCHEDULE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR DUE TO REDUCED DEMAND FOR RESCHEDULING. INSTEAD, I'M HANDLING RESCHEDULED LESSONS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. IF YOU NEED TO RESCHEDULE A LESSON, PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY. I WILL LIKELY RESUME ADDING RESCHEDULING SLOTS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, OR IF THERE IS AN INCREASED DEMAND BEFORE JUNE. Thanks, John I've started addin.....Read More


New Blog Feature

Published: Jan 29, 2014  |   Category: Uncategorized


I'm excited that MusicTeachersHelper has added a blog feature to the studio website. Look out for posts from me on music, music education, studio news, and other topics! .....Read More