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Teaching Strategies For Growth Mindset

Jun 2, 2014 11:14:27 AM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in effort, focus, growth mindset, home schooling, learning, persistence, students, success, teachers, teaching strategies, tips for teachers, curriculum ideas for teachers, early childhood education, fluid mindset, framing, kali trzesniewski, Mindset,, music lessons, music teacher, nyc, advice for teachers, Blog, brooklyn, carol deck mindset, carol dweck, education, fixed mindset, grit, growth, how to praise children, how to teach music, lisa blackwell, new york, parenting, park slope, mastery, music students, music teachers, self-belief, Teaching Methods, tools for teachers


What is the most important factor in a student? Many people would say it's talent, or effort, or persistence, or luck or some combination of these.

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Free Piano Checklist for Beginners

Jun 3, 2010 1:17:20 PM / by Andrew Ingkavet posted in instrument, learning piano, basic piano technique, music lesson, music lessons, piano lessons, beginning piano, Blog, brooklyn, fun with music, park slope, piano teacher, piano, Teaching Methods


Many of my students have been forgetting some of the basics around technique.  Here's a handy chart that you can post by the piano or on the first page of your music notebook.  Probably the most important one I'm finding is sitting the proper distance away from the piano.  Many kids like to sit almost with their bellies touching the piano.  This makes it so much harder for their fingers to be in the right shape to play well.   You should be sitting so that your forearms are about level with the floor, elbows bent and shoulders not hunched or lifted.

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