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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Exemplar Piano Bench – Review

I recently got a new piano bench for my teaching studio, and I love it! I learned about Exemplar benches at the MTNA Conference last year. They had a booth set up in the exhibit hall and I immediately liked the benches. Finally, at the end of 2018 I was able to order...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #20

Woohoo! We've reached #20 in our Tuesday Teaching Tactics. These short posts are meant to just give you a quick idea or reminder about something you can incorporate right away in your teaching. We have loved sharing our favorite tricks and thoughts with you each week....

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #19

Another quick Tuesday Teaching Tactic today - can't believe we're already at #19! Today's tactic is "Just Imagine..." Now to use this one, you have to start out with this phrase and then create a story or a picture with your student. For example, I'm working on a Bach...

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Christmas Activities Round Up

As we get closer to winter vacation and recital time, the excitement in my house is becoming palpable! That's because we're having our 3rd child join us in just a few more days! Having this deadline set for months has helped me get ahead on Christmas gifts and...

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Teaching Tactic #18

There are many ways to introduce a new piece to a student.  Sometimes we start with the sound of the piece through a recording or demonstration.  Do you ever start by studying the score?  This week's Teaching Tactic is to go on a "Score Scavenger Hunt" with your...

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Utah MTA Conference

  At the beginning of November, I had the privilege of traveling to Utah to present for their annual state conference.It was a quick trip and I wish I could have stayed longer to enjoy the beautiful city!  The conference was held at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi,...

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Tuesday Teaching Tactic #16

Wow!  We've made it to 16 weeks of Teaching Tactics!  Today's tip is to pull up a YouTube video to play for your students.  We know that most students are not watching classical pianists and orchestras perform.  It's our job to expose them to this type of music.  This...

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First Composition

Update:  My first post about this activity came about 5 years ago but I'm getting bags ready for our first composition activity again this week. It's such an easy one for any age beginner and fun to see what students bring back when I ask them to get creative at home!...

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MTNA Sessions

It's been a little quiet around here lately, and that's because we've been busy!  We're putting final touches on our presentations for the MTNA National Conference at Disney World.  We can't believe it's almost time! We hope to see you around and the conference, and...

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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 Tip #32

Another quick Tuesday Teaching Tip for this week and today I want to give those tablets or phones we carry a good workout! I'm challenging each of us to try to record a part of each student's lesson. So pull out those electronics we always carry within arms reach and...

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