We know from research and experience that learning sticks best when a student feels appropriately challenged. If the challenge is too easy, boredom sets in and the brain turns off. Too hard, and a child becomes frustrated or confused. Games are a powerful tool for accelerating learning because they allow for flexibility in finding the optimal level of challenge to maximize attention, focus, and motivation. In this presentation, Joseph Hoffman, founder and director of Hoffman Academy, will present tools for how you can use simple, almost-zero-preparation games to help master any subject.
Joseph Hoffman fulfilled his dream of starting a music academy in 2007, two years after graduating with a master's degree in music from Brigham Young University. What began as private piano lessons taught in his living room has since grown to become Hoffman Academy, with a staff of fifteen music teachers who provide piano, voice, and guitar lessons to over 300 students in the Portland, Oregon area. In 2010, Joseph saw a need for affordable, accessible music education and began creating free online video piano lessons, available at hoffmanacademy.com , which have garnered millions of views. Through these video lessons, Joseph's own piano method, which combines comprehensive music education, engaging teaching techniques, and emphasis on solid practicing habits, has helped thousands of children and adults all over the world realize their dream of learning to play the piano. Today, his online lessons are used by many homeschoolers as well as part of a comprehensive music education.