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The Chord Wheel – The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians

Book Review: The Chord Wheel – The ultimate tool for all musicians by Jim Fleser

If you have ever tried to learn chord theory and keep it all in your head then you will know that you need a very good memory or years of practice before your brain has figured out what to do, the chord wheel decodes all this for beginners because it is a visual display, suitable for musical students and advanced musicians. Not really a book but an excellent little tool that comes with twelve pages of instructions.

I went through a number of different reviews before I understood that I could be using the Chord Wheel but whatever book I bought, the rest of it would always turn out to be useless. The best thing about this book is that the 12 pages it contains is simple a guide to how to use the gadget.

The book explains things in a simple and clear manner. As you would know, there are a number of books available in the market for the same purposes, but all these books begin with the basics and then go on to the different ways and exercises which make it hard to keep track of the information. It is hard to identify how the information is useful or how it is relevant to subject. It often feels like we need a whole new bout of education before we can figure out everything we need to know.

In this case though, the gadget turns out to be beautiful. Most people agree that the chord wheel is highly useful. All you need to do is pick a key and play the chords that are included in the family. You can find these online or in reference guides. You can play the chords in a particular family in any order or combination that you find appealing. You need to ensure that you like the sound that you are producing of course.

Some advice, Do not try and understand each and every concept but try to understand how things fit together. Basically, you should focus on trying to build a strong foundation by learning the concepts properly.

This brief little book and the chord wheel gadget are arguably one of the best practice tools of all time.

The Wonders of Online Education For a Working Man With a Family

If you are a single man, go back to school to learn new knowledge to improve your career standing might be easier than a working man with a family. Imagine a man named Joe who has a family who needs to drive 42 miles from Baltimore to work at Prince George’s county. He needs to work extra hours at office most of times and he might needs some more hours at home just to finish his work. He allocates the weekend for his two daughters and his lovely wife.

But, the world economy goes worse, the job opportunities go down and he might loss his job due to recession. He needs to stay competitive with an advanced degree related to his working field. But, Joe’s busy working schedule and his obligation as a family man, making him hard to fit into any of the traditional campus-based degree program. That’s why Joe keeps postponing his plan to obtain a career related degree.

If Joe desperately wanted to go back to school and complete a degree, what choices does he have?

Online education is a perfect education solution for Joe. Here’s how online education fits for Joe’s situation:

1. Almost all degree programs offered in campus-based colleges available online. Joe should be able to find an online degree that helps in his career. He just needs to go online and look for his desired degree program offered in online format.

2. Joe doesn’t need to travel from his workplace to school or from his home to the school just to attend the classes because he can log on from anywhere through internet connection.

3. Joe doesn’t need to quit his job just to go back to school. Thus, there is no disruption of Joe’s income stream. Working and studying can always be done simultaneous in online education setting.

4. Although Joe’s schedule is too stuffed to accommodate fixed class times, he can always find some leisure time here and there: during the break time, when his daughter watching the TV, while waiting for clients or waiting for a meeting to be started. Whenever Joe has time, he can always go into online class to access his learning materials, to watch pre-record lecture session, to ask question at online discussion forum, etc.

5. He can still spend his time with the family during weekend. He may just need to arrange some time of study before going to bed. There is no crashing between family obligations and studying for a degree because the learning schedule of online education is flexible. Joe can always plan his time of study and follow his own pace to finish the desired degree program.

If you are a working man with a family like Joe, online education can be a good option to obtain a career related degree, either for career advancement or career change. It does not disrupt your obligations as a working man with a family and you don’t need to sacrifice your job. Do you see the wonder of online education for you as a working man with a family?

The Importance of Art Education for Children

Art education for children had all but disappeared from most American schools. There are many reasons for this phenomenon, some well-intentioned (albeit misguided) and others simply unfortunate. Despite the waning exposure kids have to the arts at school, science continues to demonstrate the many benefits of arts-based learning beginning at a young age. If the future of education continues to deprive children of exposure to the arts, it is up to parents and caregivers to advocate for arts education while finding alternative ways to provide it.

The Changing Face of American Education

Several key developments in American education have nearly stripped art-related education out of schools. The most common reason cited is funding. A focus on standards has also been instrumental in reducing educational focus on the arts due to schools competing for high marks on testing. As the economy slowly recovers from the economic turmoil of the last decade, schools in many states have begun to rebound from a funding perspective. However, rather than restore arts programs, states and school districts are placed an emphasis on beefing up STEM programs, rather than art-related learning initiatives.

Types of Art Education and Their Benefits

Creativity and innovation, both traits highly valued by employers, are developed through arts-related learning. Creativity gives rise to critical thinking, engagement and problem-solving. At every stage of a child’s life, from early childhood through college, art-related exposure and learning has been shown to greatly improve physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. In addition to these proven benefits, arts-related education increases confidence in children as well as focus, perseverance and non-verbal communication. Children learn to better handle constructive feedback and to collaborate with others. Finally, the arts improve a child’s dedication, self-discipline and accountability. Each of these skill sets directly influences a child’s academic success as well. The research reflects a strong correlation between arts education and academic achievement.

The Push to Keep Children Balanced

Educational experts provide clear recommendations for an educational approach that incorporates the arts. The research leaves little doubt that kids need arts education as a part of a comprehensive and well-rounded education, and to guarantee their future success in life. Parents, caregivers and other family members can help by advocating for more art education programs in your school district. Meanwhile, experts advise not waiting for school programs to expose your kids to the arts. Dance, music, theater and the visual arts are all of equal importance and kids should be introduced to all four in early childhood.

Private teachers can provide beneficial learning opportunities however the research is clear that kids derive significantly greater benefit from group classes, lessons and programs. If your community has a children’s arts academy, enroll your kids as early as possible. There is no fear of starting them too early and professional arts educators can tailor classes specifically to a particular age group. Students with that level of involvement were four times more likely to participate in a science or math fair, win an award for writing an essay, or be recognized for academic achievement. Parents are always on the lookout for ways to help their children get ahead. Nothing is more influential and fun than arts-related education.