Audiation; The Foundation Of Musical Learning

Here’s a link to read on how we can develop the ability to hear and think music with understading (audiate) . This is different than imitating which is crucial in developing audiation or just recalling sounds(inner hearing) which is also important.

Audiation: The Foundation of Music Learning Theory

Read the above link. A fascinating read. Enjoy! (do you hear what I hear? 🙂 !!)

Encouraging Music Students To Practise

Encouraging Music Students to Practice

Here is a good read for all parents and teachers .

A quick summary to peak your interest:

Practise Motivator:

Put a nickel in a jar (parent or teacher )for every correct kind of practise  habit during the lesson, or at the  home practise, by the parent. All required correct habits or practise session and the jar is the winnings. Not a bad price for a job well done! 🙂

Negative Words turned Positive:

“I always play that wrong”- Get the student to play it till they ARE doing it right (however slowly) Than have them take it home and continue…. Task acheived! 🙂 


“I’m trying but I can’t do it”-Take them back to a piece they previously couldn’t do and show them  their progress is upwards.  Shows forward progression as completely doable! 🙂 

Remind student CAN”T only means haven’t tried yet!! 🙂

Afraid of making mistakes!! Walk them through it with  situations they can do!  Remind them, every Olympic gold medalists has myriads of  falls only to get up and go again! The only mess up is not getting up! No one ever learned to walk without falling. It’s part of learning.That is the acheivement NOT the fall. 🙂

Happy learning (click the link for more :)!

Free Flash cards

So somethings are still free in life! Here’s some freebies from Marians Piano studio in Burnaby! I found music note flash cards with or without keyboard answers to download and print off. Easy for the parent to participate as the answers are given in keyboard picture format. Note value pictures are also optional in downloading and printing. All for getting your child to read that much better( not to mention you will learn it to)! A note recognized is a note played!

-Here is another freebie! Free piano advice from Marian’s Burnaby Piano studio! Check this link out on on how to begin reading. A library of information out there!

-Another good read is The parents guide to music lessons. Check out this link:

Another often asked question is : How do I know if my child is ready for music lessons. Well follow the link below and you will see many good suggestions One is during the age of 6-8 is a sensitive period where motor skills and brain structure is heavily impacted by playing the piano. Read all about and MORE…

-And parents if that is not enough here is a good read on the benefits of setting goals in piano practicing for your children

Enjoy these reads! All for your child’s developement in music. Stay tuned to Marian’s Piano Studio here in Burnaby for more freebies and thoughtful aids in the musical journey !

More Apps

More Note reading app(free) :

Mynotegames( very beginner ages 4+)

NoteWorks ( beginner, ages 5+)

Note teach Free (early beginner ages 6+)

NameTheNote (interemediate-any age)

Keep On learning!(will keep on posting stay tuned!)

More Free Apps To Try

-For those of you who want their children  to try and compose music try, Little Mozart (free version)(ages 5+) or Music Lab(ages 2-4) .

-For a fun but tricky game of directional reading, try Music Note (all ages,even adults will find it a challenge!)

-For expanding your classical listening repertoire, try Best Classical.(all ages, including adults) .

-For samples of score preview of  sheet music (score+ audio) try Sheet Music Direct Play Along (try as a guest and browse by instrument, artist or style) .

The web page is also a good website for finding samples of printed music. Saves time to view and purchase on line. Many music books can also be bought online at Amazon .(Happy hunting!)