Music Education

Our teachers share their music education expertise, including what to expect when you start lessons, practice habits, tips, tricks and how to get the most out of your music lessons.

Don’t Make These 3 New Year’s Resolution Mistakes

Joseph BarkerMusic EducationLeave a Comment

It’s finally 2021! What are your new year’s resolutions? Every year, millions of people resolve to lose weight, save more, drink less, or learn an instrument (we can help you with that!). If you’re like me, it’ll be a win just to get through the year without having an existential crisis every week. But did you know a third of resolutions don’t even make it through January? I know people who have totally given up on resolutions entirely because they think they’ll inevitably fail, so why try? But resolutions don’t have to fail. Many people succeed in changing their lives, … Read More


Kay BarkerMusic Education, Piano2 Comments

Try or Try Not. There Is No Do. Changing your child’s vocabulary towards hard things Yoda said “Do or do not. There is no try.” He was wrong. Sorry, Yoda. There is ONLY try.  So so often, the language our little learners use towards the things they are trying to do, gives them the wrong expectations for themselves. If we tell ourselves that we must do something, and then that something doesn’t happen right away, if feels like failure. And feeling like a failure is not fun. Music should be fun! But practicing can be hard. And definitely frustrating. We … Read More

Everyone’s Very Own TMBG and Weird Al Yankovic!

Patrick SchaeferMusic Education, Musicologie Dublin, Musicologie WestervilleLeave a Comment

It’s probably not actually that hard to believe, but I was an extremely dedicated fan of both They Might Be Giants and Weird Al Yankovic growing up. I memorized every lyric, went to their concerts, bought their discography, and even learned to sing/play “Birdhouse in Your Soul”, “Ana Ng”, “One More Minute”, “The Saga Begins” along with so many other brilliant songs. But let’s face it, what 11 year old kid DOESN’T love Weird Al or They Might Be Giants?……No? Just me?! Okay… So in going down the YouTube rabbit hole of videos, best of lists, and interviews, I’ve come … Read More

Sight Reading Isn’t the Enemy!

Megan RaineyMusic Education, Musicologie Dublin, PianoLeave a Comment

I have a confession to make: I used to be a terrible sight reader. Reading a new piece of music on the spot, without the aid of my ear, was a special kind of torture for me as a young pianist. My brain would shut down, my hands would freeze, and it felt as though I was trying to read a foreign language. (That 7-year-old pianist in the picture above? That was me in 1999, when learning a new piece at the piano meant doing as much as I could to rely entirely on playing by ear!) I did not … Read More

Thinking Beyond the Score: How to Explore Your Favorite Songs by Ear

Megan RaineyMusic Education, Musicologie DublinLeave a Comment

Learning to read music is an extremely valuable part of learning to play an instrument. But what about learning to play a song you enjoy listening to on the radio? Sure, there are many resources out there where you can find sheet music arrangements of popular songs by professionals and enthusiasts ( and Musescore, to name a few). But what if your favorite song doesn’t have an accessible arrangement? What if the arrangement is too hard, too easy, or… just not quite right? This is where ear training comes in. As part of my lesson curricula, I make it a … Read More

Conquering Performance Anxiety: a Pianist’s Perspective

Megan RaineyMusic Education, Musicologie DublinLeave a Comment

Performing is one of the most important components of being a musician. It provides a tangible goal for our practice, and it allows us to share and celebrate our art with our loved ones. Although live music may not be so common during the COVID-19 pandemic, at Musicologie, we frequently host Virtual Student Concerts to help our students continue to build their skills and support each other’s hard work. (Pictured above: Dublin voice student Alex Rector sings his rendition of “Anything Goes” at our last Virtual Student Concert.) But sometimes, let’s face it: performing for others can be a little … Read More

From accordion to marimba – we teach more than piano at Musicologie Dublin!

Megan RaineyMusic Education, Musicologie DublinLeave a Comment

While we’re still your number one source for awesome piano, voice, guitar and drum lessons in Dublin, we also offer a variety of less common instruments! We have teachers who specialize in woodwinds, brass, marimba/percussion, and even accordion! Pictured above: accordion student Barb works on a new song to play for Columbus’s renowned German singing society, the Columbus Maennerchor. We’d love to help you reach your musical goals. Sign up for virtual lessons or physically-distanced in-person lessons today at !

Why Music is Important, Especially During a Crisis

Marisa MartinMusic Education1 Comment

As music teachers, we are all so fortunate that by the very nature of what we do, we have the opportunity everyday to embody what we believe.  At the very heart of the philosophy that drives Musicologie forward is the idea that music is a critical part of human experience. And learning to make music can be one of the most rewarding things this life has to offer. In recent days, our collective human experience has been drastically knocked off course.  As we find our way through this extremely challenging period together, our purpose and resolve is strengthened because we … Read More

Musicologie Switches to Video Lessons

Joseph BarkerMusic Education, Studio BusinessLeave a Comment

Today we are making the decision to temporarily change how we offer lessons. We think it’s important that we do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, so we are moving exclusively to video lessons. Lessons will no longer be at our studios. Instead, all lessons will be held via Zoom video call. Students should follow these steps to get ready >> We’re making this change because we think it’s the best way to responsibly continue our students’ music education. We are positive that lessons can continue to be a fun, exciting experience in this new format. We hope … Read More

UPDATE: Video Lessons + COVID-19

Joseph BarkerMusic EducationLeave a Comment

We know there’s a lot of uncertainly around COVID-19 right now, school are closing and activities are being canceled. We want to make sure you stay healthy and can continue your music education without interruption. Our in-studio one-on-one lessons will continue as usual, but we have new option if you prefer not to come to the studio: Video Lessons Video Lessons at Musicologie Video lessons are now available for both current students, and for new students. If you’re a new student, you can do an Assessment Lesson over video with your teacher from the comfort of your home. To schedule, … Read More

What Age Should My Child Start Music Lessons?

Kay BarkerMusic EducationLeave a Comment

When should you start your child in music lessons? There’s a lot of conflicting information out there. In fact, there are many teachers who won’t accept a student who is under the age of 7 – or sometimes even 9. Others begin lessons as early as 3! How can you know what age is right for your child? And which program or curriculum will work best? A Child’s Brain: The Window of Opportunity First, a little science: there is increasing evidence of a “window of opportunity” in music development between birth and age seven. A child’s brain is a learning machine … Read More