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Teaching Tab vs Standard Notation

Teaching Tab vs Standard Notation

This blog is written by Joe Sweet, a guitar teacher at Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in Chicago. Joe has created a ton of great guitar teacher resources here. "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" W.B. Yeats When asked...

Student Video Recordings

Student Video Recordings

Video-based assessment has been the only way to grade music classes this year. But collecting, organizing, and keeping secure hundreds or thousands of videos is a pain. This is why we've built student video recording and teacher feedback directly into the app for a...

How Moosiko Supports CASEL SEL Framework

How Moosiko Supports CASEL SEL Framework

Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a vital part in education and human development. CASEL.org, a thought leader in SEL implementation, defines the subject as “the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and...

Book Review: The Music Advantage

Book Review: The Music Advantage

I just finished reading The Music Advantage by Dr. Anita Collins. Dr. Collins is a leading neuromusical researcher studying the benefits that learning music has on growing children and adults. I first heard of her when her 2014 TEDx talk went viral and have been...

Laxed (Siren Beat) Sheet Music

Laxed (Siren Beat) Sheet Music

What is Laxed (Siren Beat)? Laxed (Siren Beat), by Jawsh 685, is the most viral song on the social media app TikTok. It was created by a 17 year old in New Zealand. The song has a specific dance and was originally used to show off different cultures. Nobody knows...

It’s the Music that Makes Us Cry

It’s the Music that Makes Us Cry

I kept it together for the majority of my wedding. Throughout the ceremony, the vows, the speeches, and the first dance...no tears. But what got me was when 'You've Got a Friend in Me' started playing as my groomsman and I walked down the aisle. Tears came streaming...

The Basics of Sound, Through Music

The Basics of Sound, Through Music

Before we can learn about music, we must first learn about sound. But diving into the world of sound opens up an array of disciplines that would take a long time to cover: physics, fluid dynamics, anatomy, psychology, and a bit of philosophy. To save you some time, we...

Zoom & Google Meet Best Practices for Guitar Teachers

Zoom & Google Meet Best Practices for Guitar Teachers

Here are some tips, resources, and best practices for using Zoom or Google Meet to teach your virtual guitar class. General Video Best Practices Use a separate webcam to display left and right hands while playing. Here are 7 best webcams for online teaching. On Zoom,...

TrueSpeed™ Autoscroll

TrueSpeed™ Autoscroll

All we've ever wanted to do was play guitar hands-free. We hated stopping to turn the page, stopping to scroll down the lyrics, or hitting those stupid "+/-" buttons because current autoscrolls are either too slow or too fast. So we took to the drawing board and we're...

Guitar Class Rubrics & Assessment

Guitar Class Rubrics & Assessment

One of the best things about working for Moosiko is that I get to talk with a lot of school guitar teachers. Since many guitar teachers are either new to guitar or new to the K12 education environment, the most common question they ask me is, "What kind of rubric...

Guitar Germ Hand Washing Experiment

Guitar Germ Hand Washing Experiment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Moosiko ran a number of experiments to determine how germs spread from students to guitars. You can read about our first experiment here. In our second experiment with glo germ and a UV flashlight, we wanted to test how effective washing...

Guitar Germ Cleaning Experiment

Guitar Germ Cleaning Experiment

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we conducted an experiment with glo germ and a UV flashlight to see how germs spread to a guitar after playing. We tried a few different cleaning techniques to see which was most effective. Our research helped hundreds of guitar teachers...

It’s All About Data

It’s All About Data

The data tidal wave seems to be crashing over the education system. Superintendents, principals, and researchers are demanding data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs, platforms, and initiatives. We understand how overwhelming this can feel as a teacher and we...

8 Dog Training Tips for Your Guitar Class

8 Dog Training Tips for Your Guitar Class

In our approach to creating more effective learning and teaching methods, we have always been drawn to other similar disciplines such as coaching in sports, habit building in behavioral psychology, and animal training to fully understand the underlying principles of...

10 Resources for Band Teachers

10 Resources for Band Teachers

Band instruction is not easy. Band instructors have to be a jack of all trades, in a way, but even jacks of all trades need support. There is a lack of support for band teachers, so we wanted to do our part to help give you resources to make teaching more effective....