November 11, 2018

One of the most rewarding parts of my job, is the work I do with WIT, Women In Theatre. When I first made aliyah, over 5 years ago, I was lucky enough to meet Ninoska Ravid, who came to me for singing lessons for nearly a whole year, before she told me I had to meet he...

September 20, 2018

Over the summer I took a break from work and enjoyed some well earned time with my family. I also had the time to read a little, and one of the books I read was, 'I Wish I Didn't Quit Music Lessons', by Nathan Holder. The book explains recurring reasons why children qu...

September 20, 2018

As well all know, children are like sponges and they love nothing more than to soak up new information and new experiences. At Music with Miri Chugim, we want to take full advantage of this and expose them to different kinds of music, to encourage them to engage with m...

May 10, 2018

We end every chug with a different story song book and we would love to share some of our favourites with you!

1. Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes

Top of the list is the Pete the Cat series. Pete comes with some seriously groovy accompaniment that can be found on the...

May 10, 2018

If I had a shekel for every time I utter the words 'look at the music whilst you play' I'd be able to go on a wonderful holiday by now! People have such a desire to look at their hands whilst they play, as if they don't trust their fingers to do what they are told. But...

April 22, 2018

I have one wonderful student, a bright, creative girl, who has been struggling all year to fall in love with playing the piano. She has found it more difficult that she thought she would and has struggled to stay motivated. She is both intelligent and creative; an arti...

April 15, 2018

Three times a year, I set targets with my students. We reflect on what progress we have made, and perhaps where we have not progressed as much as we would have liked, and we consider where we would like to be in a few months time. This process is so important for many...

April 8, 2018

Practicing is a process, and it should take all week to get through that process, so that come your next lesson you are ready to move on to a new and bigger challenge. So what do I mean when I say 2 steps forward, 1 step backward?

Each time you practice you will ge...

March 26, 2018

Every child is different and each will face their own challenges as they embark on their musical journey. I have one student who is very bright and really 'gets it' but she is struggling to get in to the habit of practicing. I have another student who plays the piano e...

March 4, 2018

Atul Gawande wrote a brilliant book called 'The Checklist Manifesto' in which he explains, how checklists can help avoid disaster in the most complex areas of flight, building construction, and surgery. The items on the checklist are always seemingly simple, common sen...

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