The Music Education Blog

How can I be a better musician? a better music teacher? a REAL success in music?

Here is vital data on music education, resources for teachers, students and players of music, from time-tested methods to current breakthroughs; from Rafe Esquith, to Carl Orff, to Sir Kenneth Robinson and others. We look for and find what really works.

Feb 23, 2018

How To Read Rhythm Notation

How To Read Rhythm Notation: It's actually EASY! Take a look:

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Jan 17, 2018

Songwriting Tips: How Music Really Works, book

Songwriting Tips: "HOW MUSIC REALLY WORKS": An extremely ambitious book. Does it deliver? Let's see!

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Dec 25, 2017

How To Transpose On Guitar And Piano

HOW TO TRANSPOSE ON GUITAR AND PIANO: Hacked and demystified. It's actually easy, once you know how a scale is made

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Dec 07, 2017

Hand Strengthening Exercises - Isometric Principles of The Cowling System 2

Musicians' hand strengthening exercises: The RIGHT way is to NOT use external resistance! Find out why:

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Jun 16, 2017

Did Music Education Fail You? Let's Fix It!

Music education and training - Effective tools and techniques and exercises for musicians to acheive excellence!

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Apr 21, 2017

Famous Jazz Musicians: Louis Armstrong transforms a white Southerner.

FAMOUS JAZZ MUSICIANS: Louis Armstrong's art transforms a white Southerner

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Apr 07, 2017

MUSIC EDUCATION FOR KIDS - Carl Orff's Schulwerk

Carl Orff's Schulwerk. Discover a wonderful approach to music education for kids.

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Aug 10, 2016

MUSIC AND INTELLIGENCE - The Power of Music

How related are MUSIC and INTELLIGENCE? Derek Paravicini, Rex Lewis-Clack, and Matt Giordano show us the answer.

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Feb 22, 2016

SELLING MUSIC ON THE INTERNET-1

SELLING MUSIC ON THE INTERNET? You CAN, and should! Here's how:

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Jan 20, 2016

THE ELEMENTS OF DELIBERATE PRACTICE

DELIBERATE PRACTICE - Let's go into some detail:

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Dec 15, 2015

SELLING MUSIC ON THE INTERNET 3

SELLING MUSIC ON THE INTERNET, 3: Where do you go? MORE info:

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Dec 11, 2015

SELLING MUSIC ON THE INTERNET 2

SELLING MUSIC ON THE INTERNET, 2: Where do you go? Here's the info:

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Nov 13, 2015

HEURISTICS in MUSIC - How To Master Your Music Effectively and Easily

HEURISTICS in MUSIC - How To Master Your Music Effectively and Easily

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Nov 13, 2015

HEURISTICS in MUSIC - Master Your Music Effectively and Easily - SPECIFICS

HEURISTICS in MUSIC - SPECIFICS on How To Master Your Music Effectively and Easily

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Oct 30, 2015

MORE MUSIC EDUCATION STATISTICS

Here are MORE music education statistics. Read, know and use them to help restore music to the schools.

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Oct 30, 2015

MUSIC EDUCATION IMPORTANCE: The Best Proof

THE BEST PROOF OF

MUSIC EDUCATION IMPORTANCE IS THE CHORUS OF P.S. 22 - Let these amazing kids steal your heart!

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Oct 25, 2015

DELIBERATE PRACTICE: What it is and how to do it

What is 'DELIBERATE PRACTICE' and how can it make you a better musician in less time? Find out:

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Oct 21, 2015

SONGWRITING SOFTWARE [MASTERWRITER and others]

Did you know? MASTERWRITER songwriting software is SO much more than merely a "rhyming dictionary with a thesaurus" - See how it can improve your songwriting:

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Oct 20, 2015

DEFINITION OF CREATIVITY - Ken Robinson

A GOOD definition of creativity? Watch KEN ROBINSON! [video]

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Oct 19, 2015

SLOW DOWN MUSIC

SLOW DOWN MUSIC - WITHOUT changing its pitch! Here are the current front-runners in "slow-down" audio and video software.

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David Grisman [above] uses "The Original" Cowling System:

Hand Strengthening Exercises for Musicians -


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[These testimonials are actual and unsolicited:]

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FROM A VIOLINIST:

"The Cowling System © is a set of 12 exercises designed to increase the flexibility and strength of the hand, wrist, and fingers.

"I bought the course in 1978 and have found them to be invaluable.

"I've kept them all these years and still use them to warm up with before playing."

~ Richard Barton posted on VIOLINIST.COM

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FROM A BASS PLAYER:

‎"My fingers actually DO what my brain tells them to do, WITHOUT getting confused."

~ Anthony Jerome Smith, 35-year veteran bass player.

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FROM A PIANIST:

"In 1976, my teacher gave me his copy of all the exercises, whereupon I made xeroxed pages to put in a binder.

"My teacher was amazed at my progress that in a year I could play, for example, the prelude #17 of Chopin!

~ "RPN58" (from a pianists' discussion board in England, 2006)

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FROM A GUITARIST:

"I was introduced to the Cowling System © in the 1980's by a violinist in his seventies, who had amazing dexterity on his instrument for HIS age.

"Through the use of the COWLING SYSTEM ©, I went from "amateur" to an "A" level in music in a very short number of years.

"I have been using the exercises continuously since my friend gave them to me and believe me - THEY WORK."

~ Don Wills Guitarist, Great Britain

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FROM A VIOLINIST:

"I must say I am highly delighted with the way my fingering has improved since I commenced your hand strengthening exercises.

"Recently, I became very depressed about my playing and almost decided to give it up, but now I feel it's a pleasure, thanks to the Cowling System. ©"

~ "THE VIOLINIST" Magazine, December, 1924


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