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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...

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...

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...

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #11

This seems super simple, but I think it's important!  Our Teaching Tactic for this week is to use sticky tabs to mark the assigned pieces.  I used to think that if I wrote it in an assignment book students should be able to find it.  But I've learned that it's best to...

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!...

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...

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...

What MTNA Means to Me – Whitney

If you missed Spring's post check it out here! We decided to "interview" each other to give you our perspectives on MTNA and why we are active members. This time it's my turn (Whitney) to answer the questions. We hope if you are a member, you will add your comments...

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...

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...

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #9

Today we're sharing another Tuesday Teaching Tactic and it's something we really believe in. The best way to introduce the tactic is with this quote from Robert Duke: "Every human being should experience something beautiful every day." So think for just a moment, what...

Adult RMM Lessons – Part 1

This past March I had the privilege of presenting a session at the MTNA National Conference titled "Adult RMM Students: More than Just a 30-Minute Lesson."  For this presentation I recorded interviews with 5 adult students at our studio.  From these interviews...