Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Reading Together - How to Teach - Original Nature


"The teacher does not attack the problem of education with a clean slate, but rather it is his to discover what results have already been achieved in the education of the child, whether they be good or bad, for it is in the light of original nature or original tendencies to behave, and in the light of the education already secured, that the teacher must work." (page 21, Kindle Edition)

"For all children in elementary and in high schools the possibility of utilizing their original nature for the sake of that development which will result in action which is socially desirable is still present." (page 21, Kindle Edition)

"The teacher who seeks to understand the individuals with whom he works, both in terms of their original nature and in terms of their previous education, and who at the same time seeks to substitute for a lower phase of an instinctive tendency a higher one, or who tries to have his pupils respond to a situation by inhibiting a particular tendency by forming the habit of meeting the situation in another way, need not despair of results which are socially desirable." (page 22, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Reading Together - How to Teach - The Work of the Teacher


These two quotes stood out to me in this week's reading. And while they focus on education in a school setting, I do also think that they apply to private music lessons.

"Our schools should strive to encourage the spirit of inquiry and investigation." (page 4, Kindle Edition)

"The ideal school situation is one in which the spirit of inquiry and investigation is constantly encouraged and in which children are developing ideals of service by virtue of their activity." (page 5, Kindle Edition)

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

2016 Birthday Giveaway - Winner!

Drumroll, please! I am pleased to announce the randomly-chosen winner of my sheet music giveaway: Heidi

Please send me an email at pianolessonsmn (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send you a copy of Summer Memories.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Birthday Giveaway!

My blog is celebrating its sixth birthday!

In celebration of this, I'm offering a giveaway of one of my pieces. The giveaway will end at midnight on July 6th, so make sure you enter before then!

To enter, leave a comment below with the title of the piece you would like (see a list of what's available here). One winner will be chosen at random and will be notified on July 7.

Thank you for reading along on this blog.

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