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Metacognition - Part 1 - What is This Thing Called Metacognition?

Earlier this week, I came across a Learning Scientists' post about Metacognition on Twitter. Metacognition is one of the buzz words du jour and I felt excited to think about how I could tap into these ideas, how I could create some Process Projects and possibly use some Growth Journals with my students.

Then I took a step back and thought, WAIT! What is all this jargon? Sounds like a lot of nonsense!

Book Clubs Launched!

 
 

So excited to announce that we have launched not just one, not even just two, but THREE book clubs for students of Worthing Piano Lessons, friends, family and in fact the general public.

Three Book Clubs?

There is a "Little Prodigies" book club which is aimed at children and their parents. The first book here is the addictive THIS JAZZ MAN by Karen Ehrhardt. Already a proven hit at Worthing Piano Lesson bedtimes!

 
 

The Young Adults book club is starting with Why Beethoven Threw The Stew by Steven Isserlis. This should be an entertaining and accessible introduction to the world of classical music.

 
 

There is a main book club which is targetted at adult readers. Our first book is What To Listen For In Music by Aaron Copland. Let's get our listening skills up to scratch to start the year :) we can then enjoy the forthcoming books even more! Hopefully!

 
 

Sign me up!

Although there is a target audience for each book club anyone is free to join any or indeed all of the groups.

The book clubs are being run online, using Facebook groups. Just click through to the group(s) you are interested in and request to join.

Worthing Piano Lessons Book Club

Worthing Piano Lessons Book Club - Young Adults

Worthing Piano Lessons Book Club - Little Prodigies

Listen AND Read

Where possible (i.e. the suggested list of music is not overwhelming) there is also a Spotify playlist to accompany the book. Here is the link for the playlist for This Jazz Man - fantastic listening, I'm sure you'll agree.

What Do YOU Think?

I've love to hear what you think about the book clubs and, of course, the books themselves. Get involved in the discussions over on Facebook and let me know what you think about the book clubs in the comments below.

What Can Playing Volleyball Teach Us About Playing the Piano?

Volleyball and Piano. Not related, surely? Well... I think there are some interesting and important parallels between sport and music. Both require skill and practice to develop competence, both can be enjoyed by the player as well as by an audience or spectators. What I think is particularly useful is where differences start to emerge: In my experience (very much anecdotal and not scientific at all!) people are more ready to commit to drills and practice in volleyball than they are with piano; whilst anxiety about performing in front of others often seems to be less of an issue in volleyball than with piano. Starting from these observations, what can playing volleyball teach us about playing the piano?

Apps to Help You Learn Piano

Phone and tablet apps can be a genuinely useful aid to learning piano. They allow you to practise isolated skills away from your instrument, they enable you to learn required facts, they provide opportunities for you to develop aural awareness. I have reviewed and selected my favourite apps for both Android and iOS. As it turns out, I actually prefer the Android apps, which is not something I expected.

Theory Bingo - Resource of the Week

Bringing theory to life - that's got to be the challenge for teachers. It's all too easy to compartmentalise theory learning, to treat it as something you do in "that" book for just a few minutes a week. I really believe though that that's a dangerously limiting approach...

The Music of Maths or the Maths of Music?

As a long confirmed musical mathematician (or is that a mathematical musician?) there is a lot to interest me in this article from Plus + magazine, which is Cambridge University's internet magazine "which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics".

This fascinating article explains how...