Teaching Tactic #28

Happy Tuesday!  Here's our 28th Teaching Tactic for you to use in your teaching right away!  Today's tip is to divide up the parts, have the student play one hand while you play the other hand.  Maybe this is something you've been doing forever and never thought about...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #26

Teaching Tactic #26, wow!  That means we've made it through half a year bringing you a quick idea each Tuesday to incorporate into your teaching right away.  Today's idea is to mix up your routine.  It easy and helpful to set-up routines in piano lessons.  First we...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #25

Another Tuesday already so we're back with a quick Tuesday Teaching Tactic. We aim to have these be quick ideas and tips to help you teach better right away. So let's get to it - today's tip is "Take a Break (When Needed)". What we mean is, it's alright to take a...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #23

It's Tuesday again, boy do these weeks fly by!  Our Teaching Tactic for today is to have your student play a measure, phrase, or any small section of the piece correctly 3 times in a row.  As piano teachers, we know that correct repetitions are crucial to reliable...

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Memorization Checklist

Remember that post a few weeks ago about memory and different types of learners? Well I wanted to create something I could share with my students. Especially with my older students (such as the teens or college students), I'd love for them to realize which techniques...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #21

Happy Tuesday!  It's time for our twenty-first Teaching Tactic.  Students are our first priority in teaching, but it's the parents who pay the bills!  If the parents aren't satisfied you are going to lose your students.  A little extra effort to connect with the...

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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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