Helping Those Who Claim to be Tone Deaf

December 4, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching No Comments

This is my response to the question, “If someone says he is tone-deaf or can’t carry a tune, is there any way to encourage him or teach him otherwise?” Anytime we respond to someone who says they are tone deaf or can’t carry a tune, we should use language very carefully. For starters, very few … Read More

Key Signature Cheat Sheet

October 18, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching

Here are two cheat sheets for singers who are unfamiliar with finding a key and starting pitch. One sheet explains how to find keys and starting pitches, and the other sheet gives all the key signatures without explanation. Why use cheat sheets? In a perfect world, we wouldn’t. But I’ve directed enough amateur choirs to … Read More

Basics of Music Video Series

August 29, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching, Videos

Shenandoah Christian Music Camp is offering a free video series for people who have little or no experience reading music. The video series has six parts: 1. Introduction2. Pitch Basics, Part One3. Pitch Basics, Part Two4. Rhythm Basics, Part One5. Rhythm Basics, Part Two6. Putting It All Together Do you know people who are interested … Read More

Free Rhythm Worksheets

January 30, 2019By Lyle StutzmanTeaching 6 Comments

If you’re a music teacher, you’ve probably used rhythm worksheets or flashcards or something similar to teach and practice rhythms. Sometimes you may only want a few pages of rhythms instead of a whole book of rhythms. If that’s the case for you, you may find these short rhythm worksheets to be helpful. Feel free … Read More