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 why I...

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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 pieces are...

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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 me...

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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 learn...

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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 out...

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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 breathing? Check that...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #13

The weeks are flying by and it's time for our thirteenth Tuesday Teaching Tactic!  Our tip for this week is to take a step back.  As teachers who want to help our students succeed, we often jump in right when they hit a challenge.  But, sometimes our students need to...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #12

"Was that right?" "Where do my hands go?" "Is this the right note?" Our students can ask a lot of questions. But who answers those questions when they're trying to practice at home? If they don't have a parent who can help they are often lost. That's why one of my...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #10

We've already reach number ten in our Teaching Tactics series!  Each week we bring you a quick idea that you can incorporate into your teaching.  This week's idea might sound strange at first, "make the piano fit the child."  Of course pianos are all the same size, at...

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Rhythm Search

Today I want to share a printable my students love! Rhythm Searches are my fun music version of word searches. A rhythm search is easy to use in private lessons and/or group lessons. I've made two levels to start with this month. Level 1: 4/4 time 1 measure examples...

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Professionalism in the Piano Studio

At the MTNA Conference this past March, Phillip Keveren presented a showcase sharing about his newest compositiona from the past year. He started by saying "A woman came up to me and said 'You really composed a lot this last year!' And I replied. 'Well you know what,...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #7

Welcome back for our Tuesday Teaching Tactic - today we're sharing a tip called the FREEZE Game. It's so simple, no printing or cutting required. Next time your student is playing and tensing up, just say "Freeze!" (You may want to warn them that you are going to call...

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