The Value of a Pedagogy Degree

The Value of a Pedagogy Degree

The value of higher education is a frequent hot-button topic in Facebook Piano Pedagogy forums.  Both sides have strong opinions on whether degrees in piano teaching are helpful or necessary.  Speaking from my personal experience, I’d like to offer the case for...
Memorization For All Learners

Memorization For All Learners

Memorization – it’s something our students work on constantly in piano lessons and piano practice. Whether they are memorizing it for fun or for a recital, we as teachers so our best to give them strategies to aid them with the memorization process. Short...
Teaching Tactic #17

Teaching Tactic #17

Another Tuesday means another Teaching Tactic here at 4D Piano!  Today’s tip is to simplify your language.  This is something that really sunk in with me when I first started ballet as a brand new beginner (read more about that here). Ballet is so totally new to...
Finding Commonality with our Students

Finding Commonality with our Students

I love podcasts!  I got addicted to them when I was commuting 25 miles one way to work for two years.  Now that I’m not commuting so far I still love to listen to them.  Folding laundry is not so bad when I have a fascinating podcast to listen to. I feel like I...
Tuesday Teaching Tactic #15

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #15

  Welcome back for another Tuesday teaching tactic. Today we want to ask you to think about your last five or ten lessons taught. Think about the activities and pieces you covered… How often did you get off the bench? Did you play a game on the floor? Pull...
Tuesday Teaching Tactic #14

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #14

Today’s teaching tactic is Breathe. As I considered what to share today, I decided on one word – Breathe. Then I thought of several ways to apply it in my daily teaching.  Here are the applications for this word I came up with: 1. Is your student...