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Music Teaching – Making it More Interactive and Innovative

Music teaching is fun – such a very rewarding and challenging experience, a noble and inspiring profession, and most of all, a very fulfilling passion. Most music teachers would agree with me if I say that music teaching is more than a profession – it is a passion and a commitment that we need to fulfill both to earn for a living and of course, make life worth living.

Here are some useful tips on how we can make music teaching more fun, exciting and innovative:

Create a very supportive classroom climate.

Students learn best within cohesive and caring learning communities. As a music teacher, you have to be very versatile and flexible enough on how you can encourage and motivate your students not just to attend his or her classes and sessions with you but most of all, learn, understand, enjoy and love music. A cohesive and supportive learning community helps music teacher to make the learning process more effective and much away from boredom and school anxieties. We, music educators shall be the role models of an individual with a positive and cheerful disposition, friendliness, emotional maturity, sincerity, and affection towards our students both as individuals and as learners.

Providing more avenues for the learners to acquire, adopt and apply.

Give the learners more and more opportunities to learn music and make it their craft, hobby or passion. By doing this, there would be higher chances where they can learn and enjoy music at the fullest. Based from many researches and studies of education experts, students learn more when most of the available time is allocated to curriculum-related activities and the classroom management system that emphasize long-term learning and maximum acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Use innovative strategies and lots of interactive classroom activities.

The use of technology inside the classroom as well as the integration of other multimedia music teaching techniques such as the use of audio-visual tools, power point presentation projected over the LCD, Internet, web research, blogging, video demos, video uploading, and a lot more.

Another great way to go is to use music teacher software that can help you find the most reliable and effective resources online. Without overspending and taking much of your time, effort and resources, these web-based programs can actually provide you with the kind of professional music teaching assistance that you have been looking for quite some time.

Let them learn their ways to a more effective and efficient music learning.

Music teaching has to be dynamic and creative. Sometimes music teachers need to animate, reinvent and experiment more and more strategies that our students will surely enjoy, appreciate and love. We use collaborative learning because we believe it helps students learn more effectively, many of us also place a high premium on teaching strategies that go beyond mere mastery of content and ideas as it also promotes a larger educational agenda, one that encompasses several intertwined rationales.

So what are you waiting for? This is indeed the right time to take your music teaching experience to the next level. Whatever reasons you have in mind, such need or eagerness to strive for the best is good enough to jumpstart a better, brighter and a more positive music teaching career. Enjoy music teaching and always have fun with the students.

Music teaching can be more interactive and innovative with this software for music teachers. – Earl Marsden

How to Use Video to Gain Search Rankings in 4 Easy Steps

All people have certain subjects, things, actions, sports…something for which they have special interest. Perhaps you would like to know more about how to use video to gain search rankings.

Numerous articles exist on the subject of “SEO”, (search engine optimization). I think we’ve tried literally 90% of the best advice we could find over the past 15 years but one item stands out for us as the most effective. The single most important, most cost effective, and most long lasting item to use is video.

Here are 4 easy steps to using video and why.

Step one (1) is most business owners use text, simply because it’s the easiest to do and costs nothing. The cost of text is minimal, the barrier to entry to compete for SEO rankings is nothing, and the competition is fierce. I just said “your chances are practically zero if text is a focus on obtaining higher search engine results for the work done”. You can not write enough articles to make an appreciable difference, unless you are well schooled in adding “new” content.

“Effective” video has far less competition, Google loves video over text (one reason being YouTube is now really Google) and Google is the one single search engine that produces results for search inquiries.. You really need to do this because when you eliminate your competition for rankings by 90%, you increase your chances to be found. Video does this. You need to avoid spending large amounts of money to do a video though.

Tip 1:

A. Look for “wedding videographers” or “wedding photographers” to do a professional video for you.

The reason to look for them is if you contract with the videographer on days in which there are no weddings, i.e., Monday – Thursday, you can get greatly reduced rates from a professional who works in far more stressful environments and will work for less. The videographer has downtime and it’s in a given time period so you can expect reduced rates.

Tip 2:

A. Use music in your background that you do not have to pay royalties for.

Music adds a professional touch and the right music, repeated video after video, gives a branding effect to your videos and company.

Tip 3:

A. Do not use “professional actors/actresses/models” unless absolutely necessary.

I’m basically giving this tip because many feel if not done using professionals, then it’s not “good enough” or portrays the wrong impression. Not so. Video is basically an extension of “social media” which is a person to person, person to group, group to group experience. This is your market and this market expects to see warts, blemishes, and all the other imperfections people have. That in and of itself adds credibility.

If you have the funds to hire professionals then surely do so, but most of us don’t. Even when one does then often the professionals will “dumb down” to look like us and make identity easier..

The 2nd step is post the video where the potential customers are.

Items to avoid here are deferring to the “lawyers”, “PR” dept. etc., which is characteristic of larger corporations, or web sites with 10′s of thousands of daily hits. I’m writing this for the business owners who would love to get 10 – 50,000 hits per day so use as your situation is.

The main thrust of this argument is this.

Tip 4:

A. The potential customers are on YouTube, not on your web site!!!

If you are a robber, you rob the bank because that’s where the money is ( or was till Government became the Robber Baron!!!). Your potential customer is searching for information on YouTube, NOT ON YOUR SITE!!! ( If they are already on your site then why are you spending time on SEO?) You should spend your time on “landing page optimization”. Why in the world would anyone only embed the video on their site is totally beyond me, yet they do. Somehow the reasoning can be rationalized as to why and, from my experience, it makes no sense.

YouTube allows embedding in other sites, connects to the world, and gives the highest chances of success if you are looking for customers. It’s great to have people like your video so much that they want to put it on their blog, web site, or link back via FB or Twitter. What a compliment to a job well done. And you also should avoid putting in the typical “legal” disclaimers such as threatening prosecution unless you have my permission in stone displayed on top of the Empire State building, and lit at night. Be reasonable and remember what your goals are. Very few of us are trying to win an Emmy or Oscar for video quality or acting. What we want is many views which create followers who want to use our product or services.

Do not scare away your customers and those who want to share your work with legal threats. In other words, to the legal dept. folks, get a life and get on board with what reality is about..

The 3rd step will be Tip 5:

Be sure to put in your video:

A. Your web address

B. Name of your business

C. Phone number and address ( sometimes on the address as must be relevant to your business and need of customer to know).. This is really important because when one embeds your video, even if a competitor, they really are showing your business to many other folks and how to find you. Your ideal is a competitor who gets 100x the hits that your web site does daily, taking your video and using it because of your unique content, and creating new business for you.

Think this is preposterous? Well it isn’t. AdWords ads are predicated upon this exact same principle. AdWords ads show up above and beside the generic search results to steal away potential customers finding what they were looking for. The AdWords advertiser knows that and has that “last minute chance” to steal away the results of the SEO by the organic search folks.

The 4th Step will be

Tip 6:

Once you’ve posted your video on YouTube, go change the “category” classification every 3-6 months.

When you go to post your video on YouTube you’re given about 13 “Categories” to post it to and you have to choose one. This is the category that is most similar to your video content. You can choose “How To”, or “Education” or “Science & Technology” etc. Some of these categories generally have a larger audience and may increase your chances of “views” of your video.

After you’ve posted to the category most likely to fit then come back 3-6 months later and

1. Observe how many “views” you received and record that

2. Change your category to a new category and save your settings. ( this assume your video pertains to at least 2 categories)

3. Watch your “views” in the new category over a 3-6 month time period.

Tip 7.

Videos have a long life if you recycle them.

What you just did was actually recycle an old video, which is now “new content” to YouTube and Google because the new category classification has opened the door to new potential customers who view “new content” added to the category. You’re an “organic recycler”!!!

Let me make a distinction now you need to always remember. “Views” don’t accomplish your tasks, do not sell your product or services but can inflate your ego. Stick to your goals and hopefully they are the first items mentioned, not ego. As a cautionary note to all. There are companies and ad agencies that literally pay companies to “increase the “views”. You can buy ‘views’ ” ( going rate about $20 per thousand) from these companies and your video will get an astonishing increase of views. Mind me thats views, not sales. Keep your goals in mind.

Just stick to the steps as specified and you ought to have zero problems with how to use video to gain search rankings easily, rapidly and well. Simply do the things you have to, for the reasons given and steer clear of the difficulties and traps explained. Then congratulate yourself as you actually experience the benefits and rewards of having successfully used video to gain higher meaningful search rankings! And all by just your personal efforts!

Young Children – The Benefits of Doing Educational Activities With Children at an Early Age

Beginning to do educational activities with newborns is not too early. Talking to your baby will help them to learn the spoken language; not only to be able to understand, but also to increase their ability to verbalize.

Early introduction to music is important also because babies are sensitive to the sound of music. Even hearing music before their birth will have a calming effect on them. As adults music lifts our moods and will make us smile or cry with emotion; the same is true for young children. My son and daughter-in-law played music before their baby was born. And as a newborn, they sang songs to her and played calming music for naps and night time. When she was about seventeen months old, she loved Silent Night and although she cried emotionally each time she heard it, she wanted to hear it over and over again. Now at just over two years, she spends a lot of time singing and sometimes plays her flute while she dances to music. Because of this early introduction, it seems that music is playing a large part in her life.

The brain builds itself by forcing connections through learning. Babies love to learn and are little sponges in their first few years of life. There are videos available for babies that show the alphabet and numbers and then eases them into the introduction of words. My son and daughter-in-law began using them on a daily basis when their daughter was six months old and are strong advocates of their use. Now at twenty-eight months she is able to read many of her own books herself. Although she enjoys imaginary playtime and the usual things young children play, (i.e.: playing with her dolls, having tea parties, playing at the park and visiting with her cousins, etc.), she always gravitates to her educational games.

As babies grow, there are many educational activities for as early as 12 months or sooner which include books and games about shapes, colours, matching sequences, building blocks, large Lego pieces and counting games. Activities such as these are enjoyable for young children when mom and dad are spending time with them. Of my seven grandchildren, she is the only one whose parents have implemented this type of early learning and I can definitely see the advantages of it to her.

Although beginning early reading with a very young child is considered controversial by some, education is becoming more and more important in the world of today. This is evidenced by the all-day kindergarten classes now being held in many areas. I believe that for those who do begin early educational activities, they are giving their children a definite advantage over those who are just beginning to learn their alphabet and numbers in kindergarten.