Pizza Rhythms – Free printable flashcards and worksheet

Do you have students that struggle with eighth-note rhythms?  Through my years of teaching I've seen many students battle with counting eighth-notes correctly.  I don't think the concept of eighth-notes is actually that difficult, but I think that maybe with simpler...

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Profiles of Adult Piano Students

I first experienced the joy of teaching adult students as a graduate assistant during my Master's degree and was assigned to teach an evening "Piano for Pleasure" course.  From that first class, I learned how much I enjoy teaching adults who have chosen in their own...

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10 Tips for Transfer Students

With my move to Utah this year, I have a whole new set of piano students at the University I'm teaching at now. It's always a new challenge for me to have one transfer student, but this year I have had a bunch of transfer students all at once!  So many learning styles...

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The Case for Starting the Alphabet on A

Out of context, the title of this post may seem silly.  Why would we start the alphabet on any letter other than A?  But in piano pedagogy some older methods teach the music alphabet starting on C and I have encountered some transfer students who have learned the...

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2017 at 4D Piano Teaching

Welcome to 2017! Things have been slow around here at 4D recently, but we have big things planned for the year ahead!  We started this blog back in February of 2013, and it's hard to believe it's already been four years since then.  We've been through seasons of...

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Utah MTA Conference Recap

In November, I had the privilege of attending another state conference. (Since we moved to Utah, it worked out for me to attend both Texas and Utah conferences this year.) MTA conferences are so well done in both of these states with fantastic sessions and artists!...

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Recital Bingo

As my group and private students prepare for the recital, we try to practice performing as much as possible. To encourage good audience listening, I'm using a recital bingo game that I'm sharing today. I've seen several versions on Facebook so I don't know who exactly...

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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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Where do my hands go? – Free Printable

We hope that everyone's fall semesters are off to a great start!  Today we are sharing a free printable that can help students who struggle with practice at home.  But, before I give the free printable I want to preface this with a couple of disclaimers...I believe in...

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Lesson Planning during Summer

For me, this summer is really unusual. We're moving across the country so we're trying to get bucket list items done on weekends and constantly staying busy with selling a house as well. But usually, summer is more laid back and I have time to think about the upcoming...

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