Rick Rakauskas

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Helping Your Child Learn To Sing

30th May 2012
If you've ever taken singing lessons for yourself, you might think "I wish I learned all this when I was a child." And you might want to think about helping your child learn to sing early on. So how do you go about it? You could, of course, sign up yo... Read >

Teaching Children To Be Kind

02nd May 2012
Getting an education is more than learning your ABCs and counting, even at preschool level. As any good Montessori teacher knows, education is about preparing children to be great people. So along with learning how to read, paint and tie shoelaces, presch... Read >

What Singers Should Do With Their Hands

02nd May 2012
When you've taken a few singing lessons and you have enough confidence to perform in public, you might start wondering what you're going to do with your hands when you're on stage. Do you wave them around like a conductor? Do you stick them in your pock... Read >

Road Rules For Small Children

02nd May 2012
Some people walk to bring their children to their Montessori early childhood centre; others don't. But most parents of young children will walk somewhere at some time, even if it's just down to the corner store. And it's important to teach your children... Read >

Don't Let Fear Dominate Your Life

18th April 2012
Fear. That paralyzing numbness, mixed with a racing heartbeat, a dry mouth, shaking hands and that dreadful sense of doom hanging over you. Don't let it rule you any longer. A number of conditions that send people looking for help from a hypnotherap... Read >

Musical Terms Explained For Singers

02nd April 2012
Not every singer can read sheet music, even if they have passed a course of vocal lessons. But if you come across a page of black lines and notes with little tails, Italian words and strange symbols, knowing what this notation means can help you perform ... Read >

The Milton Method And Hypnotherapy

21st March 2012
A lot of clinical hypnotherapists use the Milton Method for treating their clients. The Milton Method blends the techniques of hypnosis established by the pioneer Dr Braid with the concepts of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). But what is the Milton Me... Read >

What Is NLP?

19th March 2012
The way we use language changes the way we think. The way we think shapes the way we behave. If you can change the thinking, you can change the behaviour. And you can change the thinking by changing the language. This is just one of the principles beh... Read >

Golden Rules For Singing Karaoke

13th March 2012
Here's to that unknown Japanese inventor who first brought us the "empty orchestra". "Empty orchestra" is the literal translation of the word "karaoke", and it's a real winner at parties. Who doesn't like singing along with good old classic songs and li... Read >

What Sort Of Singer Are You?

06th March 2012
One of the nice things about singing in a group is that each person has a different voice. Although the same vocal techniques are used by every type of voice - which means that many singing lessons are one size fits all - each voice has its most comfor... Read >

Montessori Maths At Home

21st February 2012
One thing that the sensory materials originally developed by Maria Montessori for use in early childhood learning were for was to teach basic mathematical concepts such as length, width, height, weight and the like. A child using these materials looks as... Read >

Messy Play

21st February 2012
As any parent knows, children can be very messy. Tidying up after children seems to take forever and more than one parent has been amazed at how much washing can be created by one small person. But now and again, children (and parents) need the fun of bei... Read >

Stand Up Straight - Sing Better

15th February 2012
It's time to perform in public, whether you're doing karaoke, singing in the church choir or fronting up as lead singer of a new band. You might have got things down perfectly when it comes to the techniques of singing itself, but even a golden voice can... Read >

Singing Tips: How To Breathe

14th February 2012
Why do singing lessons need to discuss the way to breathe properly? Isn't breathing just part of being alive and something that we do all the time without even thinking about it. While we certainly all breathe, not everyone breathes properly, and one of... Read >

Phobias And Fears: What's The Difference?

07th February 2012
Many people come to a hypnotherapist's clinic because they suffer from a phobia. Phobias are often treated by a joke by those who don't have them and don't understand them, but phobias are no joke at all if you suffer from one. What is a phobia? Rig... Read >
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