Ditch the Lesson Book

I'm trying something new with most of my students this summer - ditching the lesson book!  We will return to lesson books in the fall, but I decided a lot of my students could benefit from a break.  I think method books are great for elementary students, they make...

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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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Discover – MTNA eFestival

  Have you heard about the MTNA eFestival?  This new initiative by MTNA launches May 15, thats next Monday!  The eFestival uses the idea of a traditional piano festival, where students perform for a judge and receive feedback, but makes it accessible for students...

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Book Review: Nurtured by Love, by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

After years of seeing this book on pedagogy library shelves, I finally had a parent hand me their personal copy to read. (She knew that I had young children and have been interested in starting them on violin with her favorite nearby Suzuki teacher.) Turns out, there...

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Q & A Improv

Today I am sharing an awesome improv idea for you to use at your next lesson. This activity reinforces question and answer phrases in an easy, fun way for students. I like to start lessons with improv to loosen students up and get them making music right away. First,...

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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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My Top Five Most Used Apps for Teaching

These days, the iPad is pretty commonplace.  I have one, my students have them, they're everywhere!  I got my first iPad free as a hand-me-down from my generous sister and began to r eally use it in my teaching when I started teaching in two locations.  Having an iPad...

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Composition Wheel

With the limited time in lessons, activities that combine several subjects in a fun way are my favorite. Today I'm sharing a new wheel activity that combines a theory review of diatonic chords with a composition activity and provides some sight reading practice. My...

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MTNA Day 3

Finally catching up on MTNA conference recaps - so here's what my Day 3 notes look like! We started the morning early to attend the Piano Safari Showcase. I've been excited to check out their rote teaching music and it was neat to hear about their method from Dr....

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MTNA 2016 – Session Summary “RMM ‘Best Ideas'”

The MTNA Convention in San Antonio was a wonderful experience!  Although I think I am still recovering, catching up, and getting adjusted back to regular life.  The days are packed full of wonderful events and....we didn't get any posts written up the last couple...

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MTNA Conference Day 2 – Part 2

We're back resting in our room tonight and discussing our day. MTNA conference is my highlight of the year for teaching and today was a great reminder to me of how important creativity is in every lesson. The performers from yesterday, Time Out For Three, were so...

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