Welcome to Music and the Teacher  BLOG for teachers, students and parents! Here you can read a range of articles about music, music teaching, and music performance.

Call and Response – First Steps to Improvisation 

Our lesson content often comes from what engages the student most: music they are interested in or excited to explore. This article is a great entry point for instrumental music teachers to support student creativity and unpack the basics of improvisation. 

Antidotes for Performance Anxiety

Performance outcomes are an important element of learning and honing your craft as a young musician, but nerves can get the better of you. These tips provide an excellent source for instrumental music teachers whose students are too afraid to demonstrate their growing skills in a performance setting. 

Use A Stopwatch, Not A Timer – Practice Tips For The Modern Musician Part 1

Motivating students to practise can be difficult, and ensuring they do so efficiently and effectively, even more so. This article does a great job of aligning readily accessible technology for our students, with good practice habits, and particularly what it can teach our students about transferable skills. 

Neuroscience and Music Education: Why What We Do Is So Important

The links between Neuroscience and Music Education are important to highlight, both for advocacy and to develop our best teaching practice. When we begin to understand that the brain has very specific networks for learning and music processing, and that these networks are highly sensitive to instruction and experience, we can be confident that what we do as IMTs, particularly if it comes from such a considered approach, can have a lasting impact on our students.

Handbook for Instrumental Music Teachers

VMTA is pleased to offer instrumental music teachers a comprehensive handbook on our Useful Information for Teachers page at https://vmta.org.au/useful-information-for-teachers/. The handbook is designed to be used by all teachers working in their own studio and in schools. It also includes a Code of Ethics written specifically for VMTA Members.

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Music Therapy has become a prevalent specialisation. More and more of society is recognising the link between music (especially music-making in groups) and our well-being.
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Some daggy music puns to get you to the weekend! 🤪
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Victorian Music Teachers' Association4 days ago
Teaching students to be creative can sometimes get buried under all the other stuff. How do you encourage creativity in your students?

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