Music Olympics – Let the Games Begin

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Music Olympics - Let the Games Begin

Winning the Gold in the Music Olympics requires DESIRE and DISCIPLINE.  Are you ready to let the Games Begin?  One thing we know for sure - any goal you set requires that you must have patience and engage in CONSISTENT action. Musicians, to succeed at the Music Olympics, we also need the third and perhaps the most powerful word of all - DETERMINATION.


In the Olympics and in the Music Olympics, Athletes and Musicians alike must have a good understanding of the theoretical concepts in preparing for their craft.  Determination to accomplish our goals begins with knowledge.  Knowing and understanding the fundamentals is the key to successful learning.  Through sheer determination our goals can be achieved.

Participating in the Music Olympics begins with a Goal to become an Olympic Musical Athlete.  Focus on accomplishing your Goal with DETERMINATION - and take action towards completing that goal every day of the Winter (Musical) Olympics.

  • How many FLASHCARDS can you name in 2 minutes?  Chart your progress.  Try to beat your best time.  What is your goal:  10 Flashcards?  15?  20?
  • How many THEORY PAGES can you complete every day?  What is your goal:  1 page?  2 pages?  3 pages?
  • How many APP MINUTES can you rack up every day?  What is your goal?  Can you set your timer and play the UMT Basic App for 5 minutes every day?  6 minutes?  7 minutes?

At the end of the Winter (Musical) Olympics, what medal did you earn?

  • Gold - you met, achieved and EXCEEDED your goal every day.
  • Silver - you met and achieved your goal every day.
  • Bronze - you almost achieved your goal every day.

Remember, an Olympic Musical Athlete practices every day.

Set Goals for each level of your achievements: in performance, examinations and composition (short term and long term).

What can we do to help students stay focused on their goals?

Keep a “workout” journal:  Goal setting without accountability results in good intentions.  Once you have outlined your goals, set up a 4 – 6 week program in 2 week blocks.  Test every 4 - 6 weeks, keeping track of your improvements.  Celebrate your accomplishments in music theory, technique and performance.

Get started on the right program today and you will be one step closer to that personal best, that first time performance, or just the feeling of being knowledgeable and being in the BEST musical shape of YOUR life!

Please add your goal for the Music Olympics Challenge at the bottom of the blog...

How do you compete in the Music Olympics Challenge?  You set a goal for your personal best and "challenge yourself" to not only reach your goal but EXCEED your goal.  Download the "Olympics Challenge - Music Theory App" Medal Chart.

Training Camp is in full swing.  First day of the Olympics Challenge Event is Saturday February 8.


Music Olympics Challenge - Music App Basic RudimentsHere's how it works.  To participate in the "Olympics Challenge - Music Theory App" - Every day of the Olympics, the goal will be to play the UMT Basic Flashcard App on the Computer, iPhone or iPad and record:

  • The number of minutes played.
  • The number of Flashcards identified correctly in that time limit.

Take the "Olympics Challenge - Music Theory App" - Get the Music Theory App and START TRAINING.

Desire, Discipline and Determination!  Become a member of the Music Olympics Theory Team Today!

Get your Music Theory AppBuy Music Theory App Now and let the Olympic Music Games begin!

P.S. Join the conversation - Enter your Olympics Challenge Goals in the comments below.  US vs Canada anyone?

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3 thoughts on “Music Olympics – Let the Games Begin”

  • Susan Nokes says:

    I just got the app yesterday and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to use this during my classes. I’ve started an Olympic theme with all my piano students. I’ll be using this app at lessons for theory review. Thanks!

    • Yeah Susan! I used the Music App and the Olympic Music Challenge with all my students yesterday. From my very little ones to my advanced students – they LOVED it! 5 min. is a good length of time for a challenge. Have fun!

  • Shelagh McKibbon-U'Ren says:

    Mindless endless repetition can definitely be, well, boring. However, focused repetition is how an Olympic Athlete gets to the top. The more times you review a concept, the stronger your memory of it will be. Focused repetition involves many different levels. For an Olympic Athlete, focused repetition involves breaking down their routine. Growing up, we adopted Frank & Lee Janoschak as our “Uncle and Aunt”. My “cousin” Mark Janoschak became the 1992 Canadian National Champion in Ice Dancing. He represented Canada at the 1992 Winter Olympics with his partner Jacqueline Petr, where they placed 12th. Mark would often talk about how they practiced – they didn’t just practice the routine from beginning to end every single time. He and Jacquie would spend hours focusing on one move, breaking it down into the smallest of sections, until they were confident with every nuance. The ancient Romans said, Repetitio mater studiorum est, or “Repetition is the mother of all learning.”. As Teachers of Olympic Musicians, we teach our students how to work on focused repetition – practicing sections, practicing patterns, practicing concepts, practicing (when appropriate) using different tempo, articulation and rhythm, AND practicing the piece as a whole. Focused Repetition is called Confident-Based Repetition and is one of the foundations of the Ultimate Music Theory Workbook Series. By using cumulative Review Tests at the end of each lesson (a Review Test that reviews ALL concepts from the beginning of the Workbook and not just those concepts studied in the lesson), a student uses Focused Repetition to build confidence and to stay interested! Aimee, you definitely sound like the kind of teacher who uses Focused Repetition (and not mindless repetition) to keep your students interested. Bravo for you!

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