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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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #2

It's time for another Teaching Tactic! Teaching Tactic #2 - Have the student point at the notes as you demonstrate the piece Many teachers like to play the piece for the student as an introduction to the piece.  This can be a great approach to help the student get the...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #1

We're starting a new series today called "Tuesday Teaching Tactics."  Every Tuesday (or hopefully most Tuesdays) we'll bring you a quick teaching idea that you can apply to your teaching right away.  It's easy to get into a teaching rut, always teaching things the...

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MTNA Conference Highlights (Spring)

It is always a privilege to be able to attend the MTNA national conventions.  I think I am enjoying them even more over time as I get to know more teachers across the nation.  I can only imagine in 20 years how many good friends I will be reuniting with at each MTNA...

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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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