Tuesday Teaching Tactic #2

It's time for another Teaching Tactic! Teaching Tactic #2 - Have the student point at the notes as you demonstrate the piece Many teachers like to play the piece for the student as an introduction to the piece.  This can be a great approach to help the student get the...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #1

Update: Remember this series we ran last year? After talking with several readers and colleagues, we found out everyone wanted to still see them. So we're running the series again to share our favorite teaching tips with you. These are the little techniques and tricks...

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Beginner Arranging 101

Arranging. The word seems to scare my students to death sometimes! They believe that only the amazing Kevin Olsen or Carol Matz can arrange a tune they are familiar with into something they can play. When I gave out our first arranging assignment of the semester,...

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Why I DON’T Teach from Home

  After recently adding a Boston Grand to my home (read about it here), I've gotten this question several times: "So will you teach from home now?"  My answer is, no.  The point of this post is not to bash those who do teach from home.  Instead, I want to share my...

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Pedagogy Masterclass with Dr. Catharine Lysinger

Our local music teacher's association (FWMTA) hosted a pedagogy masterclass with Dr. Catharine Lysinger this past Saturday.  This was a fabulous event and I took away so many teaching tips that I thought I'd share with our readers here.  If you're not familiar with...

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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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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #36

This is our final Tuesday Teaching Tactic for the year! We look forward to taking time off teaching and blogging for a few weeks to celebrate with our loved ones. Today we want to share about improvisation but not just having your students improvise. Today we want to...

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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 #28

Happy Tuesday!  Here's our 28th Teaching Tactic for you to use in your teaching right away!  Today's tip is to divide up the parts, have the student play one hand while you play the other hand.  Maybe this is something you've been doing forever and never thought about...

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