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...
Happiness in Teaching

Happiness in Teaching

Just a quick post today about a quote that has caught my attention recently. A quote about happiness as I am preparing for the new school year. When we look back at our assessments for the year, we look at progress – how well they played their scales &...
Teaching Tactic #18

Teaching Tactic #18

There are many ways to introduce a new piece to a student.  Sometimes we start with the sound of the piece through a recording or demonstration.  Do you ever start by studying the score?  This week’s Teaching Tactic is to go on a “Score Scavenger...
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...