Get Jazzed About Music: It’s all About Change

Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale

Changing our thoughts on music can change our world. I think a lot of people can get stuck on a certain kind of music genre. There are people who say, “I only listen to country.” “I only listen to classical.” I only listen to “Christian music.”

Sometimes we can choose a genre based on beliefs. When I was a teen I basically only listened to Christian music. I loved it. It was great to listen to and it really made me feel good. Today, I love the music of the 80’s hairbands. I love music by Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Guns and Roses, Queen, Aerosmith and much more.

I want to encourage my readers to try listening to music that they normally don’t listen to. You never know what you may enjoy. Something new to get your toes tapping or something new that will relax and soothe you at the end of a tiring day.

–Tell me, what is your favorite genre of music to listen to?

Fascinating Facts About the Composer Bach

  • Born March 21st 1685
  • Fathered 20 children
  • Kevin O’Leary from the Shark Tank looks like Bachbach-oleary
  • Bach’s wife was his second cousin and she had 7 of his 20 children.
  • Bach had terrible eyesight.
  • Four of Bach’s children went on to be composers.

Bach’s 2-Part Invention #8

2-Part Invention #8 to print

Teaching Tip

When I am teach a young student to play a song and the song has words, I have them sing the song as they play. This will teach them two things at once: first timing, second to play by ear. The second will help the student in the future. The student will be able to put the notes they see on the paper to the notes they hear in their head. This should make it much easier to learn the song.

Don’t discount the words in a new piece of music. All of my students like to read the lyrics before they play the piece. Then they try to sing it as the learn to play it.

Hot Cross Buns – Sing Along

–Let me know if singing the songs with your students as they play them works and helps them learn the music faster.

Tip for Students

Music students, to make your music practice more interesting, set up your practice area that reflects your interests. Put posters on the wall of your favorite music groups, favorite singers or favorite instruments. Make the room comfortable. This space needs to be a place that you want to hang out.

If you are in the Modesto area and are interested in music lessons, please visit for more information. To get more jazzed about life, visit me on Facebook.


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