Check out this post for some excellent tips on saving money on sheet music.
Some things I do personally:
- Only buy copies of books you know you will use frequently. For me, this is usually the primer level of a piano book (kids forget all the time) or a vocal book I intend to use with multiple students. I both volumes of the “Folk Songs for Solo Singers” books in both high and low voice, but I don’t buy every Broadway book a student wants to sing from.
- If a student wants to learn one song from a book (such as a Disney or pop song) I might have them look up the words to it rather than buy the entire book. If it is a foreign language song (getting their feet wet the first time at a young age) I write out a pronunciation guide for them and then in the lesson I use the version that is for their voice (high or low) and then they use the other one to follow along.
- I often make recordings of myself singing a student’s song so that they can practice more effectively and memorize it more quickly. If I can do the same version of their song, or find someone performing it online, that helps greatly.
About Lady Fair
Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family.
If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music."
Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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