Practice is hard

When I was a child, I used to practice the piano standing up. Why? That way I could run to the kitchen (where there was a clock) to check how many minutes had flown by. Once I hit the illustrious thirty minute mark, I would proudly pronounce to both my parents that ‘I just practiced […]

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Gamification – Some thoughts

I originally posted this in my master’s blog but I thought I’d post it here again, because the contents are very applicable to my views on game-based learning and gamification. In this post, I will write about what a scientific study says about gamification in educational contexts. When I first became acquainted with the word ‘gamification’ I […]

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Emergent and Progressive Play in Music Education: Ideas into Practice

Some time ago, I completed an online course known as Understanding Video Games where I was acquainted with a Roger Caillois‘ definition of ‘play’ and ‘game.’ ‘Playing’ referred to activity that is unstructured, improvisatory and free. Conversely, ‘gaming’ referred to activity that was goal-orientated, containing rules and structured. Kicking a soccer ball around is an example of play, whilst […]

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Piano Parties

I started a piano club, the whole purpose of this is to make music a communal experience. When kids belong to bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras and even when they take part in other activities – be it in sports or being part of an art class or book club, they rub shoulders with other like-minded children. On […]

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A post for parents: Quitting … before you quit, here are some things to think about

Amongst children and teenagers, wanting to quit is not uncommon. This is not something exclusive to piano. It happens to students of other instruments, interests and sports. Having said that, I recently read a dissertation on perceptions of practice from young piano students… and apparently the music lesson cessation rate is the highest amongst those […]

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Talking About Music

Today, I found myself in a class discussing gender performance and gender roles on musical instruments. I read a very interesting article by writer, musicologist and professor Suzanne Cusick and I presented my findings in class. In a lot of my classes, we are encouraged to participate, in fact attendance and participation in discussion is […]

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A post for parents: Quitting … before you quit, here are some things to think about

Amongst children and teenagers, wanting to quit is not uncommon. This is not something exclusive to piano. It happens to students of other instruments, interests and sports. Having said that, I recently read a dissertation on perceptions of practice from young piano students… and apparently the music lesson cessation rate is the highest amongst those […]

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