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”

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, and...

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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!

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

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

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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Making a Case for Ensemble Music

So this Tuesday, we're switching things up. We've shared so many Tuesday Teaching Tactics in the past few months that we wanted to mix things up. So if you remember, we presented in March at the Music Teacher's National Association Conference in Baltimore. Spring and...

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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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