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Practice Bingo

Practice Bingo

A few weeks ago, I surprised my piano students with a porch drop off "Practice Kit". Since I'm located right in King County, WA where COVID-19 has been hitting hard, we are still under "Stay Home, Stay Safe" mandates. And really, I probably have many more months of...

Online Piano Lessons – Part 2

Online Piano Lessons – Part 2

This week is week 3 for my students doing online lessons and so far, I think things are improving! I'm feeling more energy and connection in lessons. We're getting used to the technology - although one students' phone did keep sliding down... over and over the entire...

New Duet Resource – Side by Side

New Duet Resource – Side by Side

Our students are on YouTube all the time, right?! Many times I've wished my students would spend as much time practicing as they spend on YouTube.  Anytime I can find good resources for students on YouTube I am thrilled.  The internet is plagued with lots of poorly...

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...

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...

Material Fees

Material Fees

Our students need books and materials to study piano, there's no getting around that! So every studio has to decide how they are going to handle the purchase of new books. My studio charges a flat fee of $25 per semester (Spring, Summer, and Fall) that covers all...

Upcoming Presentations

Upcoming Presentations

I have the privilege of being the Guest Clinician for the Oklahoma MTA State Conference next weekend. I'll be giving two very different presentations on topics that I love. That's one of the great things about being a piano teacher, there are so many niches and...

Ear Training In Your Studio

Ear Training In Your Studio

Question: When was the last time you did ear training work with your students? If I'm honest, it was probably in preparation for the theory test... and before that test came up? Yikes. It's always so busy to fit in all we want to teach in 30 minutes so we've found...

Finger Number Activities

Finger Number Activities

Anyone else love playing finger number games as you teach finger numbers? I love hearing the little giggles as we laugh our way through learning and practicing finger numbers with new students. This week, I came up with a little activity page to work through with...

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...