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Let's create a sample student named Bobby. One day, in general music class, the teacher introduces the students to the music of The Beatles. All of a sudden something happened to Bobby. He’s now changed, forever and says “That's what I want to do with my life.” Let's say that Bobby is eight years old and for the next two years of his life, he spends a fair amount of his time playing video games like guitar hero or rock band. He also listens to classic rock recordings trying to hear exactly what the electric guitarist is playing, and he feels...
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When I was about eight years old, my grandfather had been teaching me how to play one of his favorite Ukranian dance songs on his mandolin, “Hopak”. As I finally played it all the way through, I heard my grandmother let out a cry in the kitchen. Almost by reflex, my grandfather gently put down his guitar, politely excused himself and went to see her. He came back in about a minute and taught me a new song. One with words that I sadly cannot recall as it was so brief. But as we played, my grandmother, who I called "Mema",...
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Teaching guitar is a rewarding way to reach many students and teach music.  The guitar is a cool instrument that can be used in every style of music and kids know this and want to learn! Teaching guitar is a great way to engage students that wouldn’t normally participate in traditional music ensembles and fosters true lifelong music making! According to veteran guitar educator Glen McCarthy, “in general the students that sign up for guitar are not taking away from Band, Orchestra, and Chorus.” Additionally, teaching guitar can lead to exciting ensemble experiences as well and we want to look at...
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b2ap3_thumbnail_airguitar.jpgSo I stumble across this article in the NY Daily News about a National Air Guitar Championship being hosted in Brooklyn. This isn't a joke, here's the original article: Click Here to read it!

My first reaction was 'this can't be real'. Then I kept reading and starting to admittedly grow angry thinking ' that's not music, it's not music education, and they're hurting the craft of music teaching by giving kids false hope and inspiration while they PRETEND to play music'...

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