Cello There: The Funny Side of Music Education

Music Education has a whimsical side to it. Music teachers and student musicians get to see the funny in class and rehearsals. Cello There takes all of this and puts it in one place where we can see a new set of Music Education Funnies every weekday by Gregory Pavliv and MusicTeachingGuru.com

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Gregory Pavliv

Gregory Pavliv

Mr. Greg is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a Masters in Curriculum Design, a best selling co-author, a national speaker on music education, a former public school music teacher and a Father of three. At his licensed and insured studio (located next to Brookdale Park in Bloomfield, NJ) he has successfully been practicing his own pedagogy of personalized music instruction for over 15 years.

 

While working for Newark Public Schools, he specialized in music instruction for children with special needs ranging from those in the autism spectrum to students suffering from cerebral palsy. His combination of music therapy and music education continues to have a meaningful impact and no two students ever receive the same lesson. 

Being elected as a State Delegate to the NEA in 2008 earned Gregory a national reputation as one of the country’s foremost music education advocates. As a Delegate, he authored legislation protecting performing arts in the public schools. This led to a position as the National Director of Training at Little Kids Rock, where Gregory delivered music education presentations and certified music teachers to implement music curriculum in 26 cities across 14 states reaching over 200,000 students.

Children who play the violin or study piano could be learning more than just Mozart. A University of Vermont College of Medicine child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. Their research is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Every Music Teacher should be able to teach using a piano. And I give this method my seal of approval for a few reasons. FIRST, it removes any embarrassment we may have about admitting we need to learn it. You buy it use it on your own without a teacher or a class. SECOND, It is easy to use and you will see an immediate improvement (so will your students). And THIRD, it is of a super high quality and easy to follow. Check it out! There are free videos to demonstrate how effective it is...

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I've been teaching music for over 15 years as a public school music teacher and as an owner of a private lesson studio. When I needed a piano for my music room in my first music teaching job, I put together an action plan. And it worked! Here is an excerpt from the book...

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When you need a piano for your music classroom, you can get one. And you can find one free. (More on that in my book available below). Anyway, often times when we hear the word "free" we think that it's a lie. Truth is, finding a free piano isn't like looking for a needle in a haystack. It's like looking for a haystack in a field of haystacks. There are PLENTY of free pianos out there! You just have to find the right one.

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So where is the oddest place to find the Backstreet Boys? How about in a national article on the importance of music education! The Backstreet Boys state that, “Practicing music reinforces teamwork, communication skills, self-discipline, and creativity” (Why Music?). These qualities are all highly sought out in the workplace. Creativity, for example, is, “one of the top-five skills important for success in the workforce,” according to Lichtenberg, Woock, and Wright (Arts Education Partnership 5).Participation in music enhances a student’s creativeness.

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“If you hate what you’re doing in life, it’s not worth doing,” she said. “No matter how successful it makes you, if it makes unhappy, I would say to not do it, but this makes me happy.” For Lee, piano has encompassed a huge part of her life, practicing three hours a day after school. The diligence and practice are one factor of why Lee beat out many her own age in the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition in 2012, when she was 9. Because of her accomplishment, she was invited to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she performed Schubert’s Improptu Op. 90 No. 4.

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I am super excited to announce that my “Music Teacher’s Guide to Finding a Free Piano” will be available on November 7th on Kindle via Amazon.com! We don’t realize how many free pianos are out there just waiting to find a good home (or a good school). Pianos are typically made so incredibly well that they are virtually timeless. A single piano can be passed on for three or four generations. (And I know this from experience.)

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As parents, we want our kids to have as many opportunities to succeed as possible. Neuroscientists now know that music education offers many advantages to help craft your child’s creative brain through experiencing music every day. And while many children have music class in their school, professional piano lessons offer a unique creative-brain dialogue that empowers, inspires and develops lifelong abilities & memories.

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