How to Get Your Music Featured on Music Blogs

Finding quality promotion can be a daunting and sometimes overwhelming task for new artists who have only just begun to get a grasp on how to build their brand while remaining truthful to themselves and their music. Often artists are tempted to do anything they can to get their music heard by more people but most of the time, the practices they engage in end up having quite an undesired effect.

In today’s world of social media, artists have an almost innumerable amount of resources right at their finger tips for them to share their gifts and talents with the world. Popular sites like YouTube, SoundCloud, and Facebook, have all played major rolls in making aspiring artists into the next big thing in music. But how do you get people to find your music and actually click play once you’ve put your material out on these sites? One very good place to start is music blogs and websites that accept music for review.

This article will provide a few very important tips to keep in mind when looking to have your music reviewed on music blogs to create buzz around you and your brand.

Tip 1. Present Yourself Professionally.

Not many popular and established blogs appreciate receiving music from artists who don’t take the time to put together an organized submission package. If you’re looking to be taken seriously as an artist then you need to make sure you come off that way at all times when approaching blogs or promoters. In your emails or during any communication, you want to use proper grammar and spelling, especially in your own Press information.

Tip 2. Follow the Directions.

Often music sites that accept submissions from artists to have their music reviewed have provided detailed instructions on how you can go about it. Find and read through these guidelines carefully before submitting any materials to ensure that you don’t give them any reason to disregard your submission the minute they open your email.

Tip 3. Have Good Music.

Of course, if you want people to listen to your music, it needs to be good. Choose your blogs and promoters carefully. Consider the types of music they already favor and try to find those that consider the type of music you make to be in their prioritized list. For example, if you’re an R&B singer it would be wise to find blogs that not only accept, but prefer those types of submissions. This way you can be sure that this blog’s review will be beneficial to you because people who are already inclined to listen to music recommended by the blog, will be likely to press play for your tracks as well.

Tip 4. Be About Your Business.

It’s very easy for most artists to focus on the creative end of their craft but remember that what you’re doing, if you expect to make money with your talents, is in fact conducting business. You need to understand the variables at play on the business side of your music. Know how to market yourself and how to talk to people about your music. Create a brand that demands the attention of your prospective audience as well as those such as music blogs and promoters. It’s not enough to get people to hear your music, you need them to WANT to hear your music.

Tip 5. Beware Scammers.

Don’t throw caution to the wind when it comes to how you promote your brand. It’s not uncommon and in many cases, is to be expected that artists will be required to pay small fees for some promotional services. Some blogs charge submission fees and some don’t but keep in mind that most of the time, this decision is based on the blog’s desire to avoid being obligated to promote your material. Basically, those that don’t charge will retain the right to refuse your submission whereas those that do, will usually be glad to review your music as long as your submission meets their guidelines.

Tip 6. Beware Bots

One thing to watch out for is people who offer to submit your music to X amount of music blogs, radio stations, etc. for any fee larger than a few dollars. Often these types of promoters are not as well connected as they claim and are just out to make a quick $50+ off of your talent and naivete. Also, never take an offer that guarantees the impossible. For example, one million views on your video, ten thousand comments on your new song and for only $20! This is a scam, and though it may seem legit for the first few days, it will ultimately hurt you because the robots completing these tasks will not continue to visit your music as would a real person who actually enjoys your music.

5 Reasons Why Your Music Blog Gets No Hits

If you talk to any music marketing guru at the moment they all seem to agree that blogging is now a very important step in your road to world domination. But I think there is a lot of confusion out there amongst musicians about why they should actually take the time to set up a blog in the first place.

In a short post the other day I laid out the main reasons why DIY musicians should be blogging.

A blog helps build your brand and lets people know what you stand for.

It gives a platform on which your fans can comment and add their own opinion which is essential for building a proper tribe.

The final and most important point is, if you blog about bands and music that your potential fans might be into, it can bring a steady stream of new people to your website.

So if the main reason to blog is to get hits you might be asking why your own blog is only getting 4 visits a day?

Check out the five points below and make sure that your blog comes up to scratch.

1. Your Songs are not connecting with people yet

You have probably heard me say this before but as a DIY musician it’s your job to focus 80% of your efforts on writing great music and then use a simple system of steps to get it out to the fans as quickly as possible.

Once your music reaches the tipping point of quality, your fans start to promote and spread it for you, and you will see your hits going up automatically.

So if your blog is not getting a lot of visitors the quality of your posts or your music have not reached that stage yet.

Keep at it and get your 10,000 hours in. (Malcolm Gladwell says that 10,000 is the price you have to pay to be considered a genius. Think about the Beatles playing 8 hours a day in Hamburg.)

2. Google does not love you

The great thing about a blog is that it’s already set up to be Google friendly, but if you are just blogging about anything that pops into your head it’s hard to get Google to send you a lot of traffic.

So from now on you need to base some of your posts around low competition phrases that music fans are already typing into Google.

For this you can use the Google keyword tool, and you should try and find terms that have three of four words in them because they will be easier to rank for. See my podcast for how to do this.

3. Are you a music marketing junkie?

A lot of people fail to get hits to their blog because they spend too much time trying to learn everything they can about music marketing before they get started.

It almost becomes like an addition…

So remember that you are only going to build new fans if your log into your site and make a thoughtful post.

Reading 2000 words a day of music promotion content is useful, but only gets you halfway there! There is such a thing as over preparation – make sure you’re getting to the point of actually posting.

GET TO WORK!

4. Frequency matters

This really freaks me out…when was the last time you wrote a blog?

Goodness gracious, 3 weeks ago!

This is not going to get you any traffic because the whole nature of a blog is that people see you regularly and start to build a relationship with you.

Even if there is nothing much going on in your own career at the moment you should still make a post every day.

Once you get into the writing habit this is easy, just find some relevant news in your music scene and fire off 500 words. Leave it alone for a day then edit the post into some literary magic!

5. There is no magic bullet for success.

Increasing your blog’s visibility relies on good content, frequency of updates and good Google love. If you believe that there’s a certain kind of magic spell to do it for you, then wake up, you need a strong coffee!

People will come along and tell your that you can be an overnight star and then they will usually try and sell you something.

The fact is that for most musicians it takes a lot of work and persistence to build a blog into a fan-generating machine.

The biggest piece of advice I can give you is that you should make blogging a habit and just show up everyday with the best content you can.

You will reach the tipping point soon, and then your music marketing will become automatic.

=> Reality Check

You’re probably not going to be an overnight success and trying to achieve massive worldwide stardom is like trying to win the lottery.

Forget about luck in your music career and focus on WORK!

Little daily actions can move mountains after a couple of years.

Start A Music Blog And Make A Lot Of Money From Online Marketing

Ever thought of sharing your favorite songs on a music blog and make some money doing it? Okay it probably smells a bit fishy to you and are probably thinking of some scheme behind this. But think about it for a moment. A lot of people out there are already making a lot of money with different types of blogs out there such as food blogs or travel blogs but that may not be your thing. But do you often realize that you get distracted by a lot of the music you find and listen to all over the Internet or while you’re doing tasks?

A music blog can very well be a very cheeky way to make money while getting distracted with all the songs you listen to. Do you find yourself posting a lot of the songs you listen to on Facebook or Twitter and share it with all your friends? It can be as easy as that. Only you just post it on your blog before sharing it.

A lot of mainstream music blogs out there make a lot of money through iTunes or other programs that people sell on their sites. That’s pretty much the main meat of how money is made online – by selling stuff. There are plenty of things you can sell on your blog depending on what market or industry you are in. But the music industry is no exception. With a music blog, there are so many other ways that you can sell stuff or have something in there that makes you money even if you’re brand new or have no experience.

Take this pianist for example, Daniel Le who makes money online while just sharing his piano scores and videos. All by just driving traffic and getting people to see his pieces. How does he do it? With a music blog loaded with banner ads and affiliate programs, a portion of the people who see his content get curious and click the ads, while they get taken through a sales process and funnel that you don’t have to do or set up yourself.

Other music blogs sell other stuff like Amazon products or even e-books among other information based products. There are so many ways to do it whether you relate it to your industry or not. The appeal behind a music blog is that it is so easy and fun.

It’s just as easy as setting up a WordPress blog which pretty much almost anyone can do. You then just post content about your favorite music or anything related to it. What I do personally is share YouTube clips of random songs I listen to at the time and post it on my blog and then share it.

With almost little effort, you can start making a great income from a music blog even if you’re new or even if you’re part-time!

So You Want to Teach Music

Not everyone has the talent to impart knowledge; as we all know, teaching is a vocation. But what is more difficult is this: to teach another vocation. An example? Teaching music.

Music has a wide range of classifications since musical instruments are discovered or invented from time to time. And to impart the knowledge about these instruments, music teachers are called.

The art of music is a special thing. And passing on knowledge about it is a great responsibility.

There are certain characteristics, which music teachers are supposed to possess. These are attitudes and capabilities that can help them make things easier for themselves, as well as for their students.

Teachers should have at least the most basic knowledge about instruments. No one can teach if he do not know anything. This reflects their love and dedication for the art. If they would not be able to provide students with information, no one would believe them.

It is not enough that music teachers possess the characteristic above. They should also have the knowledge on fields of psychology and philosophy. Teaching music means dealing with people. And dealing with people means the ability to relate with them.

Music is a subject in which two-way interaction exists. Teachers and students must jive with each other to justify the music they are supposed to play together. Practicing psychological and philosophical techniques on students can help teachers make this interaction more possible.

Patience and understanding are two essential values, which music teachers should possess. Repeated lessons are normal. One cannot expect a student to learn music with just one session. And once a lesson is learned, it is a must that they both go back to it. It is a never-ending cycle in teaching this art. And those who lack patience and understanding cannot teach music.

Adjusting to the learning level of the students can be applied by music teachers. They should utilize the abilities of their learners in teaching. For example, a teacher is used to teaching music in a direct note-reading manner, but one of his students cannot learn through mere reading of notes unlike some others.

Perhaps, he prefers listening to what he is supposed to play first. Then, the teacher should be able to adapt to the nature of this child so he could learn, and the responsibility of the teacher be justified.

As implied in the first part of this article, music is a vocation. It is a call to people who are devoted to their craft. The desire to see their students excel most on music is one basic principle, which music teachers should have. It is not merely music lessons that they should impart, but also the love and complete dedication to the art of music.

Not everyone can teach music. Just like as it is in other fields. But things change. Who knows?

See more available help and resources for music teachers, log on to our website read our Music Teachers blog posts.

The Advantages Of Music Video Codes

First of all, a definition for music video codes is needed in order to know what this article is about : music video codes is a service which provides absolutely free HTML codes of music videos to embed on websites, community member’s profiles ( Hi5, Friendster and others ) and also for blogs.

Music video codes is by far the most widely HTML tool used by MySpace members. Thanks to this tool, the success among the MySpace audience is huge, their popularity is rapidly growing. The success of music video codes combined with MySpace started in 2005 when people started using this tool to personalize their profiles, giving them a special look with music videos that say a word about their personality. Some of the websites that offer free music video codes grant the possibility to search lyrics for your favorite music videos which you can easily add to your website or personal profile on a website like Hi-5 or others.

Many of you may not know what MySpace is and also the reasons why this website has become so popular: MySpace is a social networking website which offers an exciting and interactive user submitted network of friends, groups, photos, blogs, personal profiles and of course, music and videos. Statistically speaking, MySpace is nowadays the world’s sixth most popular website in any language which is an incredible thing if you take in consideration that in the present, there are about 10 billion websites on the Internet.

Websites which offer free music video codes are becoming very popular due to the fact that more and more people use these codes in order to change their profile on a site like MySpace for example, all this for free. Of course not all these sites are the same, some are better than others. The best sites are the ones that offer a huge amount of video codes ( some unique, in other words, video codes that you won’t find on other websites ).

A great feature that some websites offer is the possibility to create your own playlist, in other words, you can add your favorite videos one after another, become a real video jockey. You can customize this playlist, select the order in which the music videos will be played, the possibilities are endless with this powerful tool. This tool is easy to use so users won’t have problems creating their own playlists which will surely give their personal profile a very special look.

Some websites which deal with music video codes offer the advantage of customizing your music video codes and lyrics. For example, when you click the ” generate codes” button, most websites won’t allow you to modify this code but there are some websites which have the option of modifying these codes in order to make them match better with the layout of the user’s website.

All in all, the invention of music video codes gave the social networking websites a new look, greatly improving their traffic because it offers lots of possibilities like inserting music videos along with the lyrics, creating video playlists, all this for free. What more could you want?

How to Create a WordPress Blog For Your Internet Business Opportunity

A blog is a type of website maintained by means of regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, graphics and or video. A blog is a very simple method for promoting your individual internet business opportunity with practical and valuable content; content that can be applied to any business whether online or offline.

The written content you post on your blog is referred to as a “blog post.” Your blog posts can show up in the search engine results of Google for specific keywords that are in your posts. For example, if you wrote a blog post about “the difference between top tier direct sales and MLM,” your blog could show up in Google’s results when someone searches for “top tier direct sales”. Blog post entries are generally displayed in reverse-chronological order.

Blogs provide commentary on a particular subject or can function as more personal online diary. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments is an important element of many blogs. Most blogs are generally text, although most will also include photographs and videos. Micro blogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

The following list provides some incredible statistics and the significance of a blog for today’s internet marketer.

Blogosphere Stats
133,000,000 – Number of blogs indexed by Technorati since 2002
346,000,000 – number of people globally who read blogs (COM Score March 2008)
900,000 – Average number of blog posts in a 24 hour period
There are many different types of blogs, differing not only in the type of content, but also in the way that content is delivered or written. The following are only a few examples:

Personal Blogs
The personal, traditional blog is the most common form of blog. It is an ongoing diary or commentary by an individual. Few personal blogs rise to fame but some personal blogs quickly acquire a widespread following. Microblogging is form of a personal blog which is extremely detailed and seeks to capture a moment in time. Sites such as Twitter and Facebook allow bloggers to share thoughts instantaneously with friends and family and are much faster than e-mailing or writing.

Corporate and Organizational Blogs
A blog can be private or it can be for utilized for business purposes. Blogs used for marketing, branding or public relations purposes are called corporate blogs. Similar blogs for clubs and societies are called club blogs, group blogs, etc.; typically used to inform members and interested parties of club and member activities.

By Interest
Some blogs focus on a specific subject, such as political blogs, travel blogs, house blogs, fashion blogs, education blogs, music blogs, legal blogs, etc. Two common types of genre blogs are art blogs and music blogs.

By Media Type
A blog comprising videos is called a vlog, one comprising links is called a linklog, a site containing a portfolio of sketches is called a sketchblog or one comprising photos is called a photoblog. Blogs with shorter posts and mixed media types are called tumblelogs.

A blog is primarily a website that allows you to quickly and easily add fresh content whenever you wish. Blogs are easy to publish (you only need to know how to type, easy to find (your audience can easily find your content), social (a great way to build a presence in the online community), viral (your blog posts can be virally distributed), and easy to link to and from. Blogs do require frequent and ongoing maintenance as the addition of fresh content – writing, photos, video, etc. – is necessary in order for a blog to remain effective. The content should be relevant, informative, thought provoking, etc…

There are many different blogging platforms. If you are new to blogging WordPress.com is a very simple platform for ease of setup. WordPress provides flexibility, tutorials and support and you can easily migrate your content from one blogging platform to another should you choose to switch platforms in the future. Do be aware WordPress.com can place ads on your website. However, this can be avoided if you choose to use WordPress.org By paying for you hosting, which is very minimal in cost, you gain total control of all your content without unsolicited advertisements. And most importantly you avoid the risk of never being suspended.

Now the following are a few basic action steps to start you blogging experience:

1. Sign up for a WordPress Account
2. Select a theme
3. Select a hosting account (this can be done at a late time)
4. Write Your First Blog Post

Easy Ways to Get Blog Post Ideas:
• Write down 5 things you learned today, and post it on your blog.
• When you learn something new, post it on your blog.
• When you do something fun, post it on your blog.
• When you make a video, post it on your blog.
• When you take new pictures, post them on your blog along with a description of what you did.
• When you have a strong opinion about something, post it on your blog.
• When you submit a new article or press release, post the link with a brief summary on your blog.
• If you have the solution to a common problem in the industry, make a blog post.

5. “Ping” It
When you “ping” your blog you are notifying the search engines that you have new content on your blog.
• Step One: Go to Pingomatic.com
• Step Two: Enter the name and the URL of your blog.
• Step Three: Click all blog services to Ping.
• Step Four: Make sure you ping every time you update your blog with new content.

6. Manage Comments
Comments are good; it means you have active readers. Make a point to respond to your readers who take the time to leave a comment. If someone makes a general comment you can always respond with “Thanks for your comments. They are valued.” If you disagree with a comment one of your readers let them know WHY you disagree. Don’t be defensive or confrontational. Be open to joining the conversation and supporting your opinion in a rational effective manner. Remember, you want to give your readers a reason to regularly return to your blog.

You are now on your way to becoming a professional blogger. Here are several basic tips and tricks.

• Don’t ever plagiarize. If you are quoting content from another source be sure to cite your references and include any appropriate links.
• Always be yourself and be original.
• Share your opinions.
• Avoid clichés.
• Provide Fresh Content
• Provide real content, not just sales’ pitches. Your blog posts should not sound like sales’ pitches. You should be sharing valuable thoughts, ideas, and opinions with your readers. As a general rule in blogging and in marketing in general, you want to provide 80% content for every 20% sales pitches.
• Engage in meaningful dialogue with your readers through comments. Your audience will increase as your readers share your blog with their circle of influence and they’ll be more likely to do this if you take the time to acknowledge their interest in your blog.
• When sharing your opinions, consider framing your thoughts in such a way where you acknowledge that you could be wrong. If you come across as being close-minded to new ideas or other viewpoints you run the risk of turning your readers off. However, if you pose your opinions from a “here’s what I’m thinking right now” perspective, you could encourage some healthy debate in your comments. With that said, some of the most successful blogs are highly controversial and unapologetically opinionated.
• Check out other blogs. Examine other blogger’s styles and discover what you like and what you don’t like.

The following are several more advanced suggestions:

1. Blogging Etiquette
When you include a link to another site in your blog post WordPress will automatically “ping” that site letting them know you just linked to them. If both blogs are on the same platform you should see a reference to your trackback link in their comments section. When someone links to your blog you should always go check out their blog and then leave a thoughtful, intelligent comment on their blog. Include your blog’s URL with your name in the comment and this will not only foster two-way communication between you and the other blogger, but will also encourage their readers to also check out your blog.

2. Submit Your Blogs to Web 2.0 Sites
You can get ranks to specific keyword posts with the keyword by submitting your post to all the Web 2.0 sites with a service called Socialmarker.com. After you input your title, URL, descriptions and your username and password to each site, Socialmarker will submit your post to 20 to 30 Web 2.0 sites for you with one-button simplicity.

3. Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines
If you have a post that you want to push up in the search engine results you will want to have your keywords in the title of your post, in the first paragraph and in the closing or concluding paragraph.
A simple trick to include your keyword or keyword phrase in your title is to create a title such as “How to find/do (insert keyword)”.

As you become proficient with blogging you might want to consider advertising on your own blog. To accomplish this you will have to setup a self hosted blog i.e. WordPress.org. This will allow to place your own text or banner ads on your site or to take advantage of an advertising network such as Google AdSense. A self-hosted WordPress.org site will also provide you with much more flexibility with the layout, design and advertising options on your blog.

New Song Music

The Quest for music the way you like it, or should I say I like it has often been an uneventful, and often times disappointing task. As I am sure a lot of you reading this right now would agree. Please allow me to define “music the way you like it”.

This applies to music which rejuvenates you, that allows you to see the brighter side of things or situations (That light at the end of the tunnel). This is the stuff that changes moods (from bad to good or vice verse), that may make an insurmountable task surmountable. Music is deeply Emotional, Music is Compassionate, and Music compliments our lives.

Have you ever found yourself tapping your hand or foot to an unfamiliar melody or beat, but then you realized that you were doing it and kept tapping just the same. During those rare occasions when we hear a piece of music that we like and have not heard before, and you wonder what the name is of that particular piece, and or the artist/artists name or album.

This can be a difficult task depending on the medium in which the New Song Music passed through your ear cavity. If it was the radio (airwaves, Internet or otherwise), in a passing car, restaurant, lounge, Gym, etc…Etc. There are so many ways you can luck up on good new music, or simply new music to you. Honestly if you have not heard it before it is new to you. Just like a new used car is new to you, you love it just the same.

Well…let us discuss this process, and also remove dumb luck from the equation. Honestly how often do you blindly stumble across great music you absolutely love, during your daily travels. Unless you live in a college dorm, or frequent clubs and happy hours daily (“ahhhh the good ole days”), most do not have that kind of time. Although there are some of us that have the luxury to work in the entertainment industry, or have jobs with great schedules which allot for a great deal of free time.

Unfortunately the rest of us have limited time and moderate or a great deal of responsibility. So finding new music may have to be a bit more deliberate, and premeditated in purpose. In other words an easy and convenient way to find New Song Music frequently!

As you are aware most of the New music you hear on main stream radio is less than appealing. Then those same unappealing songs are played repeatedly. If you happen to hear a song by an artist you do like, it gets played so many times that you lose interest. I often wonder with all this repeat business going on, how do new good artist even get introduced? I call this the radio loop.

So here are a few ways you can acquire good New Song Music. Music Blogs, Social Music Sites, and Music Portal Sites that identify similar artists by genre or category based on your current favorites.

Music Blogs…

Otherwise known as Mp3 blogs, that allow you to download new music. Once you have downloaded the track simply listen and give your opinion (your opinion is not required); the great thing about this medium is that it gives you access to safe music downloads for free. The artists featured usually are new unknown, lesser known, or underground.

Along with the music download a blog post will accompany the file giving you some background and bio information about the artist. In most cases you will be able to view how others have rated it, depending on how new it is. This can be a good indicator whether or not it is worth your time to even engage your ears.

The mp3 downloads are provided by record labels and promotion firms so that is why the music is legal and free for distribution. Most come from the artists promoting music themselves, so it is a great way to find some real musical treasures.

Some of the Music Blogs I like are One Track Mind, and The Hype Machine, so go check them out. Remember your opinion is strongly encouraged; this is how the sites are able to supply you with new music daily. So remember to vote/rate the songs you like and the ones you do not it only takes seconds. In an effort to give back when we can, here is an opportunity to do just that.

Social Music Sites…

These Musical Communities give the power to the listeners, the Incumbent Independent artist/artists submits there musical works to the communities for review. The listeners, in some cases soon to become fans recommend the music they like to others in the community. The advantage of this type of social circle is that you can see what other music listeners have liked at a glance. Thus adding to your own musical Internet jukebox.

My favorite Social Music sites are The Sixty One, and Our Stage.

Music Portal Sites…

The main focus for most of these Sites is to promote unsigned artists, and allow their music to be heard and fan a base to be acquired. The new music found here are often times unique and original, so listen closely. The premise is for listeners to invest in the artists they really like. Once the artist reaches their budget goal, they will be able to record an album professionally. This gives the artist the leverage to create their own deals with record labels, the way they want. Without the limitations that are put in place when advances for recording and marketing are made. This in turn allows the artist/artists to retain creative control, and maintain musical message with direction. Free from Record Label main stream constraints. In essence you get to hear new music songs before they go main stream, and before they top musical chart.

Please check out Sella band and Africa Unsigned, great untapped resources.

There are literally dozens of ways to find new music…

There are so many ways to discover new music I have just outlined just a handful here. So please take on your own initiatives to discover New Music and share with others as frequently and as often as you can.

Khari Harrigan is a long time music connoisseur, and DJ specializing in music that withstands the test the test of time. Music with heart, which never goes out of style, is his the mission, and he has accepted it!

Integrating Technology and Innovation – Reliable Music Teaching Resources

As music teachers, you need to come up with updated and innovative music teaching resources that can motivate and inspire your learners in many different ways. Creativity, versatility, reliability, innovativeness, effectiveness and efficiency are some of the many things that you have to consider in choosing your teaching techniques, tools and programs.

Aside from managing your own music studio or classroom, you also need to monitor your students’ academic performance, provide them with creative, innovative and useful music teaching resources, and most of all, make them learn and understand music to the fullest.

It is an accepted idea that effective music teaching needs appropriate ounces of patience, effort, resourcefulness, motivation, creativity and flexibility. Some music teacher’s website can give you some reliable avenue that caters to your needs for innovative and effective music teaching resources. Thus, the following are some good tips and points that you may consider and use in your classroom.

The Creation of More Creative and Innovative Music Teaching Resources

Some teaching strategies with higher and greater possibilities for assessment require the involvement and the inclusion of different forms of technologies that are made readily available to any music teachers nowadays. Some ideas on good teaching resources may include cooperative learning, group works, outdoor discussions, skit and demos, video presentations of information, online blogging, web page creations and PowerPoint presentations. These techniques are proven effective in making your students motivated, involved and participative.

The Use of PowerPoint Presentation

Whenever you are to let your students listen to a lecture or a discussion, you have to get their attention and interest, motivating them to participate and interact. Animation or any audio-visual presentation that is not boring and traditional has been proven effective in getting the students hooked with learning. They would surely appreciate images, graphics, sounds and demo videos more than seeing you talk over and over again.

The Inclusion of Blogs, Web pages and Other Music Teacher’s Websites

Web logs, commonly known as blogs are web-based applications where authors regularly write and post articles in such journal style. These usually include text, images, and links to other people’s blogs, websites, and other media related to many topics

Blogs as means of teaching and learning can be a useful tool for both students and teachers. They can be in touch online; providing an effective way to communicate openly without necessarily having to meet face to face. Educational blogs create a new kind of classroom where students and teachers can meet beyond the boundaries of traditional schooling and improve their skills through continuous communication.

Using innovative and creative music teaching resources may bring you the following advantages:

· Makes the learning more independent.

· Crafts education participant-centered.

· Encourages learners to be active all throughout the course period.

· Helps learners improve their writing competencies.

· Makes education more informal.

· Encourages people to continuously try things out.

· Increases motivation and level of interest.

With all these conveniences and benefits, I am so sure that you are on your way to become that modern music teacher you have always dreamed of – someone who teaches, motivates and inspires his or her students. So, find and assess the most reliable and innovative music teaching resources today, use it in your classroom and see how you can make a big difference. Happy teaching!

Goal Setting Your Road to Indie Music Success

When the topic of goal setting comes up, most Indies’ run for the hills. In fact, I’ll bet that right now you’re seriously thinking about skipping this article so you can wait for one that is more interesting. I understand, but I encourage you to ignore those feeling temporarily and stick with this article.

And while you’re at it, just calm down. Planning for your future doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, you’ll find that getting on good terms with the goal setting process will move you toward your Indie Music Career dreams quicker – while also giving you more direction with which to pursue them.

Now I know that you may be one of those people who says, “Planning never gets me anywhere. I run into to many problems and end up angry and frustrated. No, I would rather just let things happen and let nature take its course.” NOT!!

Control Yourself

While there’s nothing wrong with letting your instincts guide you toward your true passion in life, taking the “let things happen” approach too far often leads to stagnation.

How else can you explain the gang of negative, goalless musicians who populate most of the Indie Music scenes? They stumble through gig after gig, waiting for nature to take its course, and then suddenly wake up one day and wonder why they’re no better off today than they were 10 years ago.

The unpleasant truth: If you read nothing else in the Ralph Sutton’s Music Production Blog, at least contemplate this: When you just “let things happen” with your Indie Music Career, you take the control of success out of your hands. You’ll always be at the mercy of someone or something else. In essence, you lose control over where you really want to take your career and talent.

People who have successful Indie Music Careers use goal setting to take control of there Indie Music Career and achieve great success, and this will be you!

The good news is that you already possess the skills to set goals effectively. Have you ever written a song? Have you ever gone into a studio to record your music? If so, you’ve been setting goals already.

Example: When you showed up at the studio for your first recording session, what did you do? Did you look at your fellow band members and say, “Dam, I wonder what we should do? Anybody got any good ideas?”

Well, some musicians do this (I’m a engineer and studio owner I know), and hopefully you realize that not being prepared is senseless. You’ve got money invested in the session, you’ve had a dream to put out your own music for years, plus you’ve got fans who are ready and waiting for the recording you’d be nuts to go into the studio unprepared! You didn’t do this, did you?

Of course not. You went into the studio with a game plan, a list of songs, knowing who’s playing what parts, when the vocal, backgrounds and harmonies come in, you may even have a title for the project. That’s all that goal setting is, knowing what you want to do before you set out to do it.

So in the same way you’d be wasting your time and money not being prepared to go into that studio, so too are you wasting your precious resources by being unprepared when it comes to your overall career. Does that make sense to you?

Flexible and Focused

Goal setting is not a inflexible science. The plans you come up with are fluid – you can expect them to evolve and change over time. This is yet another concept you should be familiar with, especially if you’re a songwriter. Many songwriters write using just a guitar or keyboard and voice.

However, when these artists create a new composition, they often hear much more than that sparse arrangement in their heads. The drums, the bass part, maybe an entire string section… all of it is there in the mind’s ear. Maybe you create in the same way.

Then you take this skeleton of a song and share it with your band members, or co-creators explaining each of the parts you hear in your head. But the song the band ends up playing and recording is usually quite different from the version you originally heard in your head. And typically, the newer version is almost always better.

Bottom line: The plans you come up with when goal setting will change as you work toward them. But the mere act of coming up with an idea, visualizing it in your mind, and acting on it will drive you to take those first important steps. While the end result isn’t always the one you expected, it’s usually one you can learn and grow from and hopefully be proud of.

By pushing yourself, through advance planning, to head off in a specific direction -whatever direction that is – you create the opportunities from which real success can be realized. By waiting for things to happen, though, you set the stage for inaction and apathy. That’s why setting goals for yourself and your Indie Music Career is so important.

What follows next week on the Ralph Sutton’s Music Production Blog, are 11 helpful tips for getting the most out of goal setting. See you then and Take Care

Ralph Sutton is a dynamic Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineer with over 28 years experience in Recording Engineering & Music Production for the world’s brightest and most exacting artists. Ralph Sutton’s Music Production Blog is about recording, mixing, mastering, music production, and the indie music movement, and how to best succeed in today music business.

How To Enter Blog Contests And Giveaways

Did you know that a great way to win contests and giveaways is by entering them on blogs? Blogs are full of contests and giveaways every day! Especially around Christmas. Why does this happen? Two reasons. One, bloggers want to promote their blog and gain more readers. Sometimes the giveaway will be hosted by the blog owner. Other times, companies want to advertise their products. What better way to promote products could there be but by giving a blog owner a free item to review and an extra free one to give away. If the blogger has many devoted readers, the company just put their product in front of a large audience without spending an arm and a leg in advertising. It’s pretty genius! That blogger that wants to promote and gain readers does well too, even by hosting their own giveaways. Readers will stick around and come back if they think there are more great giveaways to enter.

Look, someone is winning these things and it could be you! So how do you get in on the good stuff? Start visiting blogs and making notes of the ones that are your favorites. Coupon blogs and Mommy blogs are the ones I’ve seen with the most giveaways, but there are also fashion blogs, beauty blogs, music blogs, photography blogs…you name it! The ones with lots of readers will most likely be doing contests and giveaways.

So what types of things do they give away? It could be anything, but I’ve seen gift cards, aprons, candles, coupons for free products (like a 6 pk of yogurt), makeup kits, cookware, even cold hard cash!
I’ve seen all these and more, and have entered some of them. So now the burning question is have I won any? Yes! I’ve won at least one that I can think of. It was a cute crochet baby hat for my daughter.

Now, as a blog owner, I also get lots of free stuff just to review. I’ve gotten free candles, body wash, yogurt, and even a one of a kind keepsake tile worth $50! I love FREE stuff, and I know everyone out there does too. Contests and giveaways are fun whether you win or not just because of the prospect of winning. But, winning is even more fun! But, you can’t win if you don’t enter. So, how hard is entering, you wonder? EASY!

When a blogger has a giveaway, there are usually guidelines in how to enter. Read them carefully. Usually there will be a set of tasks you can complete, and leave a comment on the blog post after each one you choose to do. These tasks will be something like following them on twitter, pressing the like button on their 0Facebook account, signing up for their blog subscriptions, or posting a blog post about their giveaway. Usually, there is a really easy entry such as just leave a comment saying you want to enter, and the other entries are optional. Lots of times I just do the easiest entry and leave it at that, but other times I do all the Facebook liking and twitter following. It’s cool.

How are contests and giveaways decided in a fair way? Usually it’s via a website that “draws” a random number. Each comment on the blog post is numbered, so it’s easy to tell who has won by matching the winning number with the comment number. As far as I can tell, most blog contests and giveaways are legit. Use good sense when entering. Don’t ever pay money as an entry – that is more like a raffle and is illegal to do online in most cases. If the item seems too good to be true (win a house or a million dollars) it more than likely is. Don’t put any info on anything like that.

A good rule of thumb would be to create a free email account separate from your regular email account and use it for entering. Just be sure to check it often, because if you win, you only have three days to respond to claim your prize. You’d hate to win and miss it! Well, that’s it…get going and enter! You just may win something cool very soon.