Matthew Cline

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Recommended Electric Guitars for Home Practice (Kid's Edition)

It is true that electric guitar are generally easier to learn more quickly than acoustic guitars. But, few young students think about the possibility of getting a guitar appropriate for their size. Even electric guitars with full size fretboards can make it difficult for young students to reach the notes they wish to play. The […]

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Using the MuseScore App to Learn Music Faster

I have wrote before about the amazing free MuseScore program for music notation. With it, you can write sheet music and advanced musical scores on your computer for absolutely no cost. It’s 100% free and incredibly rubust. For just $2, you can take MuseScore with you on your mobile device. It is currently available in […]

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An Introduction to Music Practice with Trello

It’s no secret that I believe practice is an essential part of a student’s progress as a musician. That’s why I encourage all students to practice daily and use apps like Trello to track their progress. This article will focus mostly on the basics of getting started with Trello. First, let’s take a brief look […]

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This Week in Music Class | Sept. 12, 2017

Starting the week of September 12th, I will be announcing our third and final topic of the year, “Playing Music”. Students will be introduced to the instruments they will be playing with their cluster. Red & Silver clusters will be playing beginner level mallet percussion instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones). Indigo & Orange clusters will […]

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This Week in Music Class | Sept. 6, 2017

This week, my students are being introduced to the second of three themes we will cover this year: “Music is Connected“. The specific lesson topic is “Thinking Outside the ‘Music’ Box”. Students will be encouraged to think differently about music. Our lesson will connect music to science. And, we discover the idea of inventing new […]

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This Week in Music Class | Aug. 30, 2017

The first week of school, students were introduced to the first theme of the year “Great Musicians“. We discussed traits that make a music great. We played a game to help us learn the rules for the music class. We learned that this year students will have an opportunity to earn musicianship awards (more on […]