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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Advice To My Younger Self

After just over twelve years of teaching piano, I still love it. When that amazing adult student performs that piece she’s wanted to play for years. When that six year old races in to tell you about how she learned the entire piece in one week, even though it was her...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #6

Each Tuesday we bring you a quick teaching idea that you can implement in your lessons right away!  Here's our sixth tip in this series: Most teachers get in the habit of sitting in the same general area of their studio for lessons each week.  I sit on the bass side...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #5

  It's time for our fifth Teaching Tactic!  Teaching our students to recognize the feel of intervals is key to developing fluid readers.  Our idea today is to take an "interval trip" with our students, by dictating intervals for them to find.  I start by having a...

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Why, What, and When You Should Play on Your Studio Recitals

I frequently see teachers ask on piano teacher forums "do you perform in your studio recitals?"  This is often followed by, "do you play at the beginning or the end?" and "what kind of piece do you play?"  When I was growing up I never saw my teachers perform, besides...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #4

Each Tuesday we bring you a quick Teaching Tactic that you can try in your teaching right away!  Today's idea is to cover your student's hands while they are sight-reading.  There are times when pianists definitely need to look at our hands.  But sometimes students...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #3

It's time for our third Teaching Tactic.  Each week we're bringing you a quick idea of something you can try in your lessons right away.  Today's idea is to have your student play the piano along to a drumbeat rhythmic accompaniment.  We talked about using these drums...

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Creating a Music Memory Map

It's recital season and that means memory time for most students!  My students memorize their recital pieces, unless they are playing a duet with me.  But sometimes they need a little bit of help solidifying their memory and getting the pieces totally recital ready!...

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