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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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

MTNA eFestival Update

We love MTNA and all it offers teachers and students (see our posts about MTNA here and here). I shared with you awhile back about the new MTNA eFestival (read that post here). So today, I wanted to give you a little update! MTNA found a new way for videos to be...

Tuesday Teaching Tactic #21

Happy Tuesday!  It's time for our twenty-first Teaching Tactic.  Students are our first priority in teaching, but it's the parents who pay the bills!  If the parents aren't satisfied you are going to lose your students.  A little extra effort to connect with the...

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....

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...

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...