Mastering Basic Techniques

Written by Evan Tate

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Good Practicing Skills: Often music students get intorepparttar habit of playing an exercise or study over and over again, first at a slow pace and eventually faster and that is called "practicing"! There is much more to practicing than that. You must learn to hear and singrepparttar 109459 melodies that are being practiced. You must isolate "problem" (rhythmically or technically) passages. Above all, you must develop a regimen and method of practicing and become acutely sensitive to monitoring progress. This takes time and experimentation and perhaps a little bit of research.

Last but not least: before you even start playing or practicing you need a good warm-up. The warm-up starts out as basic as first relaxing your arms and shoulders, stretchingrepparttar 109460 fingers, deep breathing to expandrepparttar 109461 lungs and make sure you have a standing or sitting posture that supports your breathing and does not disrupt it. On that note I'd like to say, "Have fun and practice with common sense".

Evan Tate is a freelance saxophonist/instructor and the author of "Master the Basics:Saxophone". He has instructed hundreds of students and performed at several jazz festivals and radio broadcasts. Visit his site to find out how you can get a free subscription to his "Sax Tips eZine Newsletter" or

Teachers, do not overlook teaching your students how to write checks

Written by Timothy Liptrap

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A successful lesson plan can help a child developrepparttar foundation necessary to build important money management skills that they will need through out their lifetime. Understanding basic financial tools, will help students manage their money, stay within budget and problem solve. Timothy Liptrap, a co-author ofrepparttar 109458 68 page lesson plan How to Write Checks states "students, who understand how to budget, spend and manage their money, will be better off than many adults in today's world."

According to Liptrap, Teachers who create their own lessons should "keeprepparttar 109459 lesson plan practical" while teaching conceptual skills. "Each month when a parent sits down to payrepparttar 109460 bills, they should have their child pull-up a seat to assist and learn. A lesson plan should replicate this experience inrepparttar 109461 classroom by providing practice checks, bank statements, mock invoices and check registers for each student."

Copyright 2003. Timothy Liptrap

Timothy Liptrap, is VP of Education and Develoment for the free 101 Financial Lessons newsletter. Visit for more information. The newsletter provides teachers and parents materials and ideas to teach money.

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