Preschool Rhythm Bingo

Preschool Rhythm Bingo

Have you checked out all of our bingo options? They're some of the most popular free downloads on 4dpianoteaching. So many great options to bring a little bit of fun into your next piano lesson or really any music lesson! We have rhythm bingos - here and here. Then we...

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Summer Piano Challenge

Summer Piano Challenge

Is your studio ready for a fun summer? So many fun camps and lessons happen during the summer so my students seem to be busier than ever even though school's out. For my students, I wanted a new practice chart, something super fun but not too difficult and something a...

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Review – Flashnote Derby App Update

Review – Flashnote Derby App Update

I've been using the Flashnote Derby app with my students for several years. It's such a fun way to practice note recognition and doesn't take up much lesson time. You can read more about how the app works on Susan Paradis's blog here. Recently, when I opened the app I...

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Introducing a New Piece

Introducing a New Piece

We don't often post on Fridays - after a busy week I think we are all looking forward to the weekend! But today I had something that's been on my mind all week and I just had to share before I close up the studio for the weekend. This week I've been noticing a...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #9

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #9

Today we're sharing another Tuesday Teaching Tactic and it's something we really believe in. The best way to introduce the tactic is with this quote from Robert Duke: "Every human being should experience something beautiful every day." So think for just a moment, what...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #8

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #8

Welcome back for the latest Teaching Tactic Tuesday - today we're sharing an old favorite, called "Dynamic Skiing".  This activity is amazing for students to internalize their dynamics for a piece!  When your student is missing their dynamics, have them stand up for a...

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Tic Tac Toe – Intervals

Tic Tac Toe – Intervals

There's one game that my kids like to play every time we're stuck in a waiting room situation. Tic Tac Toe! It's a favorite for kids and really takes little prep, just paper and a pencil. Teaching at the university, I noticed the first year group teacher had made a...

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My New “Baby”

My New “Baby”

A couple weeks ago something really exciting happened...my husband and I bought our first piano!  It's a Boston GP 156 and I am in love! I grew up playing a Story & Clark console that my grandparents bought when my mom started learning piano.  It's a fine piano,...

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Duet Opportunities For All

Duet Opportunities For All

"A duet for you, a duet for you,... a duet for everyone!" Applause and shouts of joy come from all students as you hand out duets in your studio. Sound like the perfect scene? It does to me. I love when students get excited about playing piano together! Yet often, the...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We're back to teaching this week - can't believe how quickly time flies during the holiday breaks! My family spent time with both sides of our extended family and enjoyed a short trip into the mountains too. I even learned to ski! I know, I grew up in the snow so I...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #35

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #35

Let's get right into another collaborative music post today for our Tuesday Teaching Tactic! We're exploring the world of duets with scales, arpeggios, and chords. Technique seems to be the boring part of lessons/practice in my students' minds. They don't understand...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #34

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #34

Welcome back for another awesome Tuesday Teaching Tactic. We started the topic of Collaborative Music last week so we're continuing that by discussing sight reading today. How many times do your lessons get busy enough that you forget to pull out the sight reading...

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