The Cornerstones are the philosophy of Music Mind Games

Use them as a starting point and come back to them often. Many teachers find it helpful to post them in their classrooms. Look for them to live within you as you teach.

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Cornerstones for Teachers

Cornerstones for Students

Without assuming any prior knowledge, believe that every student is brilliant and can learn. 

You are brilliant and can learn anything. 


 Provide students with the right environment for learning and they will reveal great ability and intelligence.          

Be brave, try new ideas and you will learn many wonderful things.


Believe that joyous and satisfying learning is a natural part of life.

Learning new things can be really fun.


Successful learning occurs in many small steps rather than a few big steps.

Small, successful steps are a normal way to learn.


If students are confused it means more repetitions or a different approach is needed.

Is something confusing? Your teacher can show you again or try another way.


Happy relaxed students will hardly realize they are learning because they are having so much fun.

It's easier to learn when you're happy.


Students remember best what they experience for themselves.

Do it yourself and you'll remember best.


Help students feel successful and they will want to discover more for themselves.

Be kind to other students.


Allow students to learn by providing interesting materials to challenge them without overwhelming


Neat materials make it easier to learn.



Strive to be kind, generous and encouraging since mistakes are a natural part of learning.

Mistakes are a natural part of learning something new.


Develop an endless capacity to improvise and create situations that help all students succeed.

Keep your spirits up and be positive about yourself.


Be cheerful, a bit of an entertainer and have fun yourself.

Do you learn better if your teacher is cheerful? You sure do.


Be kind, respectful and preserve everyone's dignity by not embarrassing anyone. When students don't know
            an answer, guide them with useful information.

Be kind and respectful to other students and to your teacher who's helping you.


Maintain a quick pace to interest and challenge students since they are capable of learning quickly.

Be enthusiastic and bright so your teacher knows you are learning.


Help students to learn concepts first and then commit them to memory through repetition.

Can't remember yet? No worries, just play a game again and again.


Remember that the true objectives of teacher are to inspire a love of learning. Help students to learn
            and remember well.

Your teacher wants to help you learn and learn for keeps.