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 & arpeggios,...

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Creativity for Piano Teachers

So today is a bit different than our usual topics - I want to ask each of you what you do to keep your creativity alive?!  Life gets so busy and if you're like me, teaching keeps my life pretty hectic. From planning new repertoire to preparing new games to correspond...

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Dollar Store Summer Activities, Part 2

Dollar Store Summer Activities Part 2 Oh dollar store, the store of my dreams… Ha ha, JUST KIDDING. But do you ever feel exhausted when you’ve ordered that big collection of books and new flashcards and TCW games (I love those!)... And then you see the total?...

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Dollar Store Summer Music Activities, Part 1

  Dollar Store Summer Music Activities, Part 1 We’re teaming up with Heather Nanney at Fun Key Music to bring you a 3-part series of fun summer activities using items you can find at the dollar store!  We met Heather at the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore...

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Inspiration from Peter Mack

Texas Music Teachers Association hosted a wonderful convention over Father's Day weekend with Peter Mack as a special guest.  If you're not familiar with Dr. Mack you can read a short bio here.  Peter Mack gave an opening keynote address, a session on "The Art of the...

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Volunteering with the Cliburn

Every four years my city, Cowtown (otherwise known as Fort Worth), becomes Pianotown!  The Van Cliburn International Competition is hosted at Bass Hall in our very own downtown.  Bass Hall is a beautiful venue and this year they even turned the crosswalks into pianos...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #9

Today we're sharing another Tuesday Teaching Tactic and it's something we really believe in. The best way to introduce the tactic is with this quote from Robert Duke: "Every human being should experience something beautiful every day." So think for just a moment, what...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #8

Welcome back for the latest Teaching Tactic Tuesday - today we're sharing an old favorite, called "Dynamic Skiing".  This activity is amazing for students to internalize their dynamics for a piece!  When your student is missing their dynamics, have them stand up for a...

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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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