Happy moments from Monte’s Studio

One of the things I enjoy and love about private music instruction is the process of learning how others learn.  Everyone is different when it come to learning- some are best at sitting in a classroom full of people, some work best in solitude.  Some are book learners, some are interactive learners.  The challenge as a tutor/private instructor is to figure out how to engage each student in the best way, to keep them motivated to advance their knowledge of whatever subject they are focusing on.  When you achieve this, it’s the best feeling in the world, for both the teacher and the student!  Every teacher lives to see that ‘aha!’ moment in those they teach.  Here are a couple of mine:

I recently discovered an app that has really helped my younger students in their guitar/piano studies.  Yousician, available for Android and iOS devices, allows the student to follow scrolling on-screen notes using their own instrument.  The app gives you feedback on which notes are right and wrong, and features a very interactive guide that helps the student, whether an adult or a child, keep proper fingerings and technique.  In my findings, this app is really good for very active younger ones.

Mr. Caine has been a student of mine for a few months now, and he loves to play the piano.  For him, he learns at such a fast rate, that it is very difficult for him to sit still, which creates boredom and lack of interest very quickly.  We were going through a basic instructional booklet, which I found wasn’t helping him very much.  He was struggling with wanting to learn the notes in the left hand, especially.  Then, this happened.  I introduced him to the Yousician app, and everything changed.  Any mistake he made, he wanted to go back and perfect.  He was suddenly eager to learn the notes and identify them as quickly as possible.  Just watch the improvement he made in literally 15 minutes.  Keep in mind, before this, he didn’t even want to use his left hand, let alone identify the notes.

This is just one of the many examples I will be posting in the near future.  Keep checking back for more information!

Tips on making your YouTube page better

Really quick update:  I logged in to my YouTube account earlier today, and realized that I haven’t really updated the format in like… 3 years.  Yeah.  So check out the new and improved page!  For you musicians and YouTubers out there, I definitely recommend you make these changes to your pages as well:

  • If you have personal playlists, make/keep them private!
    • If you’re like me, personal playlists will start to accumulate, just because we all like to be organized.  Not everyone wants to see that stuff!  So just make them private playlists, or make them unlisted so that you can share the link with family or friends that actually care about the vids.  Keep the 200 cat videos to yourself!
  • If you have interesting playlists with information or things relevant to your content, keep a few, or rotate them for interest. 
    • Enough said.  It just keeps things organized.
  • Manage your featured videos!
    • Display your videos on your front page.  Log in via your laptop or PC, look at your landing page, and put the content that you want people to see right in front of them.  You can add as many as you want, but keep it organized.
  • If you have videos of yourself uploaded by others, add them to a playlist and feature them.
    • Some of my highest quality videos were uploaded by bands I’ve been in, or by family (my mom is awesome btw).  I added these to a featured playlist so that those can be displayed on my page for those who may not know to go to other pages to look up sample videos.
  • Change the order of your video to display the latest uploaded videos first. 
    • I may be wrong, but by what I can see, this doesn’t happen automatically.  Just click on your playlist name, go to Playlist Settings, and click on order settings. Change this to ‘Date Published (newest).’  It looks much better this way.

Have you found other things to make your page more professional?  Please comment and let me know!  And make sure to check out my YouTube Page and let me know what you think about it!