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As part of our commitment to music students and teachers, The Learning Musician publishes original feature stories covering a wide range of topics: interviews with notable players and teachers, articles on musicianship and pedagogy, and more.

So, we invite you: sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage, put some music on, and read for a while.

June 17, 2007A Drumset Teacher's Edge: Playing Bass with Your Drum Students
What's the best way to prepare budding drummers for their first "real" band? For Seattle drum teacher Todd Reber, the answer is clear: "Play bass with them!" In this LearningMusician.com exclusive, Todd explains how he started playing bass during his drum students' lessons and the real benefit of providing a context for all those beats and fills.
 
June 3, 2007Ancient Tunes, Young Ears: Teaching Early Music to Kids
For most American youngsters taking private lessons, Western classical music is the sole focus of the curriculum. Far fewer are ever exposed to early music, whose instruments, harmonic conventions, and performance practice predate classical music by hundreds of years. But there are a few exceptions to this rule: Seattle violin teacher Shulamit Kleinerman is helping a pair of young students see the beauty and sheer "differentness" of early music performance practice.
 
January 1, 2006Sax Lines and Videotape
Site founder and admitted technophile Michael Connolly discusses the benefits of videotaping your students' performance during private lessons, how the practice can improve your teaching, and how to get the equipment you need without breaking the bank.