by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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General Note: This program could be adapted for either a student audience -- grades 4 through 8

Or for an audience of adult learners who are interested in getting back into music; all of the advice professionals musicians offer in her music book is helpful for a music student of any age:

Program Description: Author Amy Nathan will use a Power Point to show images of famous professional musicians when they were children (such as Joshua Bell, André Watts, Wynton Marsalis, Paula Robison, Sara Sant'Ambrogio and others) and will read and discuss excerpts from each of them that appear in her music-advice books (published by  Oxford University Press) that offer practical tips from these pros on things that helped them with practicing music when they were starting out in music as children and young teens. Amy Nathan will then answer questions students might have and encourage them to share with each other their own special tips for practicing, especially strategies that have been helping them during the pandemic with regular music lessons and ensembles disrupted and transformed. 

   The program will be similar to a webinar Amy Nathan presented in April 2020 for CiLC: Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration that generated a lively and productive discussion among the young people who signed onto the program, eagerly sharing their tips and practice problems with each other.

   The program will include information from Amy Nathan’s three Oxford University Press music books, including  insights she gained from her third book on avocational musicians that could be helpful for young music students to be aware of — that there is a vibrant world of amateur music making, so that even if students decide not to become professional musicians, there are still many opportunities for keeping on performing music no matter what career path may be taken. Amy Nathan will present a few examples of non-pros doing this, to make the point that keeping on with music studies is worthwhile, even if a student realizes he or she will never be the next Yo-Yo Ma!





MAKING TIME FOR MAKING MUSIC: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life (2018)


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45 to 90 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 40 students.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Gifted & Talented, Performing Arts

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


Power POint with discussion
Q & A with students providing suggetions


Students will identify their problems with practicing music
Students will learn creative new ideas to help with practicing music
Students will be encouraged to think of their own new ideas for practicing music

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation
Development of skills, techniques, and processes in the arts strengthens our ability to remember, focus on, process, and sequence information