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February 2, 2015

Our students are desperate for affirmation; they need to know when they’ve done a job well. Communicate this well and often.

– Marvin Blickenstaff

This statement resonates with me. Can you relate? Have you ever felt desperate for affirmation? I admit that I crave affirmation. Words of affirmation can...

September 9, 2014

“We as teachers are not running a house of corrections.”

– Frances Clark

I love this reminder from Frances Clark – a teacher’s work is more than fixing errors and pointing out mistakes.  We have the important job of preparing students to play independently as lifelong music lovers.

Despite our best ef...

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