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6 Week Challenge – Free Printable

I always feel like students need a little extra push after Christmas break.  The spring semester is longer, and there are less breaks.  When the school year starts kids are excited for new things.  January, February, March can drag on.  At the beginning of this year I...

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,...

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...

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...

My New “Baby”

A couple weeks ago something really exciting happened...my husband and I bought our first piano!  It's a Boston GP 156 and I am in love! I grew up playing a Story & Clark console that my grandparents bought when my mom started learning piano.  It's a fine piano, and...

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...

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...

Happy New Year!

We're back to teaching this week - can't believe how quickly time flies during the holiday breaks! My family spent time with both sides of our extended family and enjoyed a short trip into the mountains too. I even learned to ski! I know, I grew up in the snow so I...

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...

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...

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...

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...