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How The Beatles Mastered Music Theory

Jazz and Classical music are wonderful genres to teach if you want your students to understand all the depth behind good music. These two genres offer key changes, advanced harmonies/chords, mixed meters and all kinds of tricky concepts. Perfect food for music nerds!   While I can appreciate a good pop tune, the thing that…

What Makes A Chord Major Or Minor?

What makes a chord Major or Minor?   The first clue is the sound. You can literally hear the difference. But there’s a lot more to it than that. There’s actual math behind it.   Now before all you math haters start groaning, just listen for a bit. It’s really not that hard to learn…

How Chord Theory Is A Bit Like Fashion

I admit to being a bit of a girly girl when it comes to clothes. I’ve always loved observing what others wear. I like seeing everyone’s style. One of my favorite looks I’ve been seeing is the chic male look. I love that some men are starting to dress up every day, even though it’s totally…

All About That Bass (Clef)

  Ask anyone which clef they feel more confident reading and I’ll bet money everyone says Treble! Ok, if you once played Tuba or Cello or Trombone, etc. you are the exception… but everyone else– you know what I’m talking about.   I don’t really know why the left hand part is so difficult to…

Do Scales Really Matter?

Most students hate playing scales and I can’t say I blame them. They’re boring. Tedious. They don’t actually sound like anything either. So I totally get why students reject them if they can get away with it. As a teacher myself, I often put off teaching scales until the 3rd or 4th lesson. But there…