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Teaching Tips

As a part of The Royal Conservatory's professional development resources we are pleased to offer a sample of tips for music teachers. 

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Top 8 Tips to Keep Music Students InterestedTop 8 Tips to Keep Music Students Interested

Students and teachers can become complacent, and even bored, if every lesson is the same week after week and year after year. You can shake things up a little with these tips and tricks to create lively lessons and aid in student retention. Read 8 tips to leep music students interested.


Inspiring Adult Learners3 Ways to Inspire Adult Students

What we who made music as long as we can remember may not understand is the extraordinary amount of courage it takes for an adult, someone who is capable and competent in other facets of their life, to become an absolute beginner in a new, complex endeavor. Pianist, educator and composer Forrest Kinney has developed some sensitive, creative teaching techniques to address issues encountered when teaching adult students. Explore 3 ways to inspire adult students.

Best tips to plan a holiday recital - ornament on tree9 Ways to Guarantee a Best-Ever Holiday Recital

Seattle-area flute teacher Bonnie Blanchard loves to throw a party, which is part of the reason her annual, flute-studio holiday party is not only a can’t-miss event, but also an event for which her students practice and prepare. Discover 9 ways to plan your best-ever holiday recital.