Tuesday Teaching Tactic #15

  Welcome back for another Tuesday teaching tactic. Today we want to ask you to think about your last five or ten lessons taught. Think about the activities and pieces you covered... How often did you get off the bench? Did you play a game on the floor? Pull out some...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #14

Today's teaching tactic is Breathe. As I considered what to share today, I decided on one word - Breathe. Then I thought of several ways to apply it in my daily teaching.  Here are the applications for this word I came up with: 1. Is your student breathing? Check that...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #13

The weeks are flying by and it's time for our thirteenth Tuesday Teaching Tactic!  Our tip for this week is to take a step back.  As teachers who want to help our students succeed, we often jump in right when they hit a challenge.  But, sometimes our students need to...

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Adult RMM Lessons – Part 6

(To catch up on this series, see Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) What would adult students say is their favorite thing about lessons?  Here's what these students told me: I love how Ginger ends that, "it makes me proud!" It’s amazing that now she can be proud of what she can...

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Adult RMM Lessons – Part 5

(To catch up on this series see Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4) So far, we've talked a lot about what adults are looking for within the lesson time and for their personal fulfillment playing piano at home.  But there's also a social aspect here for many adults.  Adults often...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #12

"Was that right?" "Where do my hands go?" "Is this the right note?" Our students can ask a lot of questions. But who answers those questions when they're trying to practice at home? If they don't have a parent who can help they are often lost. That's why one of my...

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Adult RMM Lessons – Part 4

(To catch up on this series see Parts 1, 2, and 3) Last week we heard from adult students about what they see as a successful lesson.  Next, I wanted to look at the bigger picture.  What are their overall goals in piano?  If we are teaching to different goals than our...

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Questions for a Piano Teacher Friend – Part 1

Do you get those questions too? From extended family, parents at church or from old friends who message you? The questions about when to start their child in piano lessons, what books you recommend, if you suggest teachers near them, and so on. As piano teachers, it’s...

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Adult RMM Lessons – Part 3

(See Adult RMM Lessons - Part 1 and Adult RMM Lessons - Part 2 to catch up on this series) So what does a successful lesson look like for an adult student?  That's the next question I asked when I interviewed these adults.  Here's what they had to say: I noticed a...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #10

We've already reach number ten in our Teaching Tactics series!  Each week we bring you a quick idea that you can incorporate into your teaching.  This week's idea might sound strange at first, "make the piano fit the child."  Of course pianos are all the same size, at...

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Adult RMM Lessons – Part 2

(For Part 1 of this series, visit Adult RMM Lessons - Part 1) So what motivates adults to start piano lessons?  I posed this question to the five students I interviewed and here's what they had to say: Ginger says, "It’s been wonderful!" Isn’t that great to hear?  And...

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What MTNA Means to Me – Spring

This week, we wanted to share with you how MTNA has impacted us personally.  We often share about attending state and national conferences (see MTNA Conference Highlights, TMTA Conference).  But MTNA also plays a significant role in our day-to-day teaching.  Whitney...

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