Game Roundup

As recital season rolls around, I've been reorganizing my games and office space. This made me think about all of the games we've shared over the past four years - we have so many neat ones that I use all the time! So today I wanted to do a quick game round up to...

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Halloween Rhythm Game

So I've been trying to plan Halloween themed games for our group class Halloween parties coming up. I teach 2nd and 3rd year students (so ages 8 to 11 ish) and I need so many games/activities to keep these kiddos busy! Thus today I'm sharing a simple Halloween rhythm...

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Compliment Exchange

Compliments... I agree with this quote completely. My husband laughs but it's so true, my favorite people are those who give sincere compliments and uplift me every time I'm around them. And I try so hard to do the same to those around me each day. So I saw the idea...

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A Quick Tip to Slow Down Speedy Students

Have you seen this great Zootopia trailer?! I have not seen the whole movie, but I thought this trailer was hilarious when I saw it before the new Star Wars movie.  Do you have students who seem to refuse to play slow even when you give them specific instructions to...

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Musical Playing Cards

In the search for something fun to do the last week of lessons before summer, I've created a new printable game for you!  The concept is pretty simple, they are just playing cards with note values on them, but I'm excited about all of the possible games I can play...

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Composition Wheel

With the limited time in lessons, activities that combine several subjects in a fun way are my favorite. Today I'm sharing a new wheel activity that combines a theory review of diatonic chords with a composition activity and provides some sight reading practice. My...

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MTNA Day 3

Finally catching up on MTNA conference recaps - so here's what my Day 3 notes look like! We started the morning early to attend the Piano Safari Showcase. I've been excited to check out their rote teaching music and it was neat to hear about their method from Dr....

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MTNA Conference Day 2 – Part 2

We're back resting in our room tonight and discussing our day. MTNA conference is my highlight of the year for teaching and today was a great reminder to me of how important creativity is in every lesson. The performers from yesterday, Time Out For Three, were so...

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For the Love of Music – MTNA Day 1 Summary Part 2

The MTNA National Conference is now is full swing here in San Antonio. Our days are packed full with informative and inspiring sessions, master classes, showcases, performances, and so much more. We plan to post more detailed conference session summaries at a later...

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Pedagogy Saturday 2016: Part 1

Great pedagogy Saturday today. We took a few pictures, wrote down lots of notes, but as Robert Duke told us, our real learning won't happen in these lectures. It will happen as we go home and use this knowledge, really worth with it to become better teachers,...

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Legos in the Piano Studio – Part 2 of 2

Last week I posted about a studio-wide project a started with legos, read more about it here: Legos in the Piano Studio - Part 1 of 2.  If you're wondering how the lego sculpture is coming along, here it is today: The kids have been having a lot of fun adding to the...

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New Music from Kat Souponetsky

As I was searching for new music online last month, I stumbled onto a fresh new composer - Kat Souponetsky at KatSounds.net.  After reading her bio and listening to the recordings available on the website, I couldn't wait to play her music myself and share it with my...

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