Teaching Arpeggios (Free Game Printable!)

Arpeggios are one of my students' favorite technique skills. It's probably because they sound so awesome and show-off well in pieces. But it's also an easy technique concept to teach and use earlier in their learning. I usually teach these right after they learn Major...

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Teaching Tactic #31

The weeks are flying by!  Each Tuesday (or sometimes most Tuesdays...) we bring you a quick idea that you can try in your lessons right away.  Today's Teaching Tactic is to change the lyrics of the song, or create your own if there are none.  Sometimes I'll get to a...

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Teaching Tactic #30

Happy Tuesday!  Have you ever thought about how little choice kids have in their lives?  They're told when to get up, what to wear, where to go, what to eat...you get the point!  Kids need a lot of direction, but they also enjoy being able to make some choices of...

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Fall Activity Round-Up

Halloween is just around the corner, and fall is in full force (unless you live here in Texas where highs are still nearing 90...).  Over the years we've shared quite a few printable games and activities with Halloween, Fall, or Thanksgiving themes.  I thought it...

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Pumpkin Patch Technique Game – Free Printable

Although it doesn't quite feel like fall yet here in Texas, Halloween and cooler weather are just around the corner.  My students aways love the Easter Technique Game Whitney shared here a few years back.  I printed it once and pull it out every year to use the week...

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Animal Improv

Today we're sharing something we've never done before - our first resource in our new shop! Over the past few years, we've shared many free resources and we'll continue to share these because we love it. But we also keep having BIG ideas. Ideas that take a few months...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #22

Playing games with your teacher is okay, but playing games with another kid is way better!  But what can we do when it's a private lesson?  Our Tuesday Teaching Tactic this week is to have back-to-back students to play games together.  Our students often arrive a few...

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Happiness in Teaching

Just a quick post today about a quote that has caught my attention recently. A quote about happiness as I am preparing for the new school year. When we look back at our assessments for the year, we look at progress - how well they played their scales & arpeggios,...

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Creativity for Piano Teachers

So today is a bit different than our usual topics - I want to ask each of you what you do to keep your creativity alive?!  Life gets so busy and if you're like me, teaching keeps my life pretty hectic. From planning new repertoire to preparing new games to correspond...

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Dollar Store Summer Activities, Part 2

Dollar Store Summer Activities Part 2 Oh dollar store, the store of my dreams… Ha ha, JUST KIDDING. But do you ever feel exhausted when you’ve ordered that big collection of books and new flashcards and TCW games (I love those!)... And then you see the total?...

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Dollar Store Summer Music Activities, Part 1

  Dollar Store Summer Music Activities, Part 1 We’re teaming up with Heather Nanney at Fun Key Music to bring you a 3-part series of fun summer activities using items you can find at the dollar store!  We met Heather at the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore...

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Inspiration from Peter Mack

Texas Music Teachers Association hosted a wonderful convention over Father's Day weekend with Peter Mack as a special guest.  If you're not familiar with Dr. Mack you can read a short bio here.  Peter Mack gave an opening keynote address, a session on "The Art of the...

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