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Exciting New Changes at My Dream Teacher

Exciting New Changes at My Dream Teacher

Dear Friends of My Dream Teacher,   We are pleased to unveil the new and improved My Dream Teacher website!   We’re still the same company, but we’ve decided to make your life even sweeter.   What’s New at My Dream Teacher 1)           Focus on Building the Dream Team.  Since our first launch in 2011, we’ve dedicated our energy to building the success team, which consists of the music student, the parents, and the music teachers.   In the past, we focused on creating new … Continue Reading

Business Advice for Music Teachers

Business, Teaching, and Life Advice for Music Teachers: John Tracy Interview Parts III & IV In the final two videos in this series, John Tracy–Founder and Owner of Tampa Bay Music Academy–advises music teachers to strengthen their networks and sharpen their skills.   These invaluable … Continue Reading

What Most Music Students Overlook

 What Most Music Students Overlook: John Tracy Interview Part II John Tracy, Founder and Owner of Tampa Bay Music Academyin Florida, gives his advice to music students as he describes the one point that is most often disregarded.   This video is the follow-up to … Continue Reading

Turn Any Setback into Success

Sometimes a huge setback can fuel your greatest success.   After two surgeries on her hand, concert pianist Isabelle Jeannet was forced to put her performance career on hold.   During this time, she intensely studied hand movements of many great piano masters.   What … Continue Reading

Betty Jeanne Chipman

Remembering Betty Jeanne Chipman:

Music Teacher, Mentor and Friend

Music teachers have tremendous power to improve lives forever.  Today the classical music world honors the life of Betty Jeanne Chipman, a great music teacher who passed away Sunday in Salt Lake at the age of 93.  Many of her friends and former students have … Continue Reading

Think you own your sheet music? Not until you mark it up.

Think You Own Your Sheet Music? Think Again.

You may think you own your sheet music, but there’s only one way to tell. How much do you make it a part of yourself? Think about it. When you borrow music from a friend or a teacher, you’re often too afraid to touch it, … Continue Reading

7 Reasons Everyone Should Play Piano

7 Reasons Everyone Should Play Piano

I’m an advocate of having every musician play the piano.   This powerhouse instrument packs a powerful punch of benefits.   These are merely the top seven:   1)           It has more notes.   The piano keyboard represents every note … Continue Reading

Ideal Student-Teacher Relationship in Music

The Ideal Student-Teacher Relationship in Music

The music teacher is more than just a private instructor.   She is a role model and personal mentor for her students.   Her pupils place absolute trust in what she says.   In many cases, her advice matters more than anyone else’s in her … Continue Reading

Work at Home Mom

Teaching Music: Advice for Work at Home Parents

Teaching music lessons is a viable career choice for work at home parents.   Many mothers, fathers, and legal guardians make the choice to work at home so they can remain in close contact with their children.   One of the biggest challenges of working … Continue Reading

When to Drop a Music Student

Quiz: Should I Drop This Student?

Just because a student has potential doesn’t mean you should keep teaching her.   Your methods may not be well-suited to her needs.   Continuing with an uncooperative student isn’t worth the time or money for either of you.   In fact, it can quickly … Continue Reading

Tune a Violin

How to Tune a Violin

My Dream Teacher is proud to release its very first video: How to Tune a Violin for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Players.   This clever slideshow shows you how to tune your violin for the very first time in the simplest way possible.   As … Continue Reading

Famous Opera Singer

Stop Criticizing Famous Singers!

Okay, classical singers, it’s confession time.   We’ve all done it.   While watching a world-famous opera singer perform, we take joy in tearing her technique to shreds.   Though sometimes in jest, we usually express a sense of outrage.   How can she get … Continue Reading

5 Benefits of Audio Learning

5 Benifits of Imitation and Audio Learning

How listening to recordings helps students develop musicality. While learning new pieces, most teachers encourage their students to listen to recordings.   Social media facilitates this, bringing videos and sound clips to millions of people who never would have accessed them otherwise.   Watching and … Continue Reading

The Mahler Effect

The Mahler Effect

A great dissertation idea for a daring music student.   I was so moved the first time I saw Gustav Mahler Conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.   It may not look extraordinary in a pixilated rendering, but its life-size original … Continue Reading

Is This Teacher Right for Me

Quiz: Is This Music Teacher Right for Me?

How do you know if your current music teacher is the best fit for your needs?   How “good”other people think your teacher is has nothing to do with whether or not the teacher is a good fit for you.   Every student has unique … Continue Reading

Treasure Negative Feedback

Treasure Negative Remarks and Feedback

The critique that hurts actually helps the most. Open rebuke is better than secret love (Proverbs 27:5). A few years ago, a good friend of mine related to me what had happened to him during an audition for a prestigious company. After singing his songs, … Continue Reading

Classical Concert Etiquette

7 Rules of Classical Concert Etiquette

Angry tweets and Facebook posts abound amongst my friends who attend classical concerts. Hardly a month goes by in which I don’t read somebody’s rant against a rude person talking or texting during the performance.   You might have read a few rants yourself. The … Continue Reading