Noah Keitel

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  • LessonLogs Beta for Teachers is here!

    Working last night until the sun was about up taking a brief nap and plugging away some more, we’re happy to announce that LessonLogs for Teachers is up and running ahead of schedule! We’re excited to start hearing from those of you that are already trying it out! Let us know how it’s going! If […]

  • We’re In a Musical Renaissance and Don’t Even Realize it.

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  • Playing With Confidence

    I’ve seen so many students that are starting out get afraid of blowing in their horn for fear that something will come out that isn’t perfect. This can be a huge hurdle in the learning process. If they don’t get past this, they’re most likely not going to be interested in playing music ever again. […]

  • So you want to start a band…

    Having been in 5 rock bands, 1 blues band, 6 jazz combos, and 2 jazz ensembles I consider myself to have a bit of experience. First off, you should consider that there are thousands of bands out there. Yes, there’s a chance you could “make it,” but first and foremost, you should be doing this […]

  • Breathe Easy

    When kids begin to learn an instrument early on, particularly a wind instrument, there is something that I have seen many teachers overlook. Proper breathing techniques. The common thought is that they want to get kids playing songs quick so they get excited about playing and don’t quit. Once the student has taken lessons for a year or so, they start to get frustrated because they start to understand that the sounds coming out of their instruments don’t sound good. The kids are bright enough to understand this. At this point teachers are worried about keeping kids interested in playing, with good intentions, so they tell them that they’re sounding better and to try different things to improve their sound….

    At the same time the students are being held accountable for practicing and being prepared for lessons. This means practicing correctly the content that was provided to them for their next lesson. If they practice something incorrectly the teacher will then have to correct them during their next lesson and then realize that the child will additionally have to practice it correctly for another lesson period in order to erase the incorrect practicing they have done. Of course this has then been a waste of everyone’s time. If it was done write in the first place both student and teacher would be better off.

  • Go for it!

    At some point a lesson teacher will get into a rut just as any other person would in any other career. They began to fall into the trap of teaching out of a book. Page by page, exercise by exercise they plod along, hoping and waiting for the student to start practicing and getting into […]