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Fun Music Note Identification Review Game

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:53:59 +0000

In addition to providing a source of fun during lessons, incorporating hands-on games or activities are a great way to evaluate the student’s understanding of a particular musical concept. The 5 for Fun: games and activities for the private piano lesson booklet has a bunch of tried-and-true ideas that I’ve used with my students. But […]



Teaching Music Cambodian Style – A Guest Post by Andy Trowers

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:00:08 +0000

Music has always been my passion, whether listening, playing or teaching. I’ve been inspired by a great many musicians and always want to help others explore their musical side too; especially those with limited access to music. So when I got the chance to teach music at a Cambodian school, I leapt at it. I […]



New Free Music Theory Worksheet Find!

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:31:48 +0000

If you haven’t been over to MusicTheoryLessons.net lately, check out this incredible collection of free worksheets that you can download and use with your students! Since I rarely use theory books with my students, I am always on the lookout for specific worksheets that I can use to reinforce various concepts. These are also a […]



A Teaching Recharge for the New Year

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:08:16 +0000

Do you ever feel like you just need a minute to catch your breath, let something beautiful sink into your soul, and recharge for another year (or even just another week!) of teaching? Our local music teachers association meeting this morning provided just the recharge I needed! I was so thrilled that my friend and […]



Super Awesome Sight Readers!

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:23:56 +0000

If you haven’t already seen it, I encourage you to check out this excellent series of posts by Dr. Julie Knerr (one of the creators of the fabulous Piano Safari method!) on how to train students to be “Super Awesome Sight Readers.” This inspires me to remain dedicated to the process of guiding my students […]



The Creative Juices are Flowing!

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:24:23 +0000

After seeing Alyssa’s creative composition a few weeks ago, Stephanie and Claire were inspired to create their own musical sketch for a fun duet they were working on. They polished up their performance of Jalapeno Hop by Melody Bober and Stephanie drew the artwork for the accompanying story about a couple of jalapeno museum robbers. […]



Best Composer Research Resources for Piano Students

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:00:15 +0000

Our Vanishing Voices studio practice incentive theme has been a huge hit so far this year! The students are enjoying collecting composers for their portfolios, and I’m enjoying learning tidbits of new information from the research that they do for each composer. In fact, I can see how my whole understanding of the timeline of […]



Celebrating Thanksgiving by Giving Back (and with a $5 off Coupon Code!)

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 01:05:41 +0000

Perhaps one of the sweetest students I’ve ever taught, Luke is the one who would remark in awe at how much time I must have spent planning various activities or thank me enthusiastically for helping him with something. In his early years of piano lessons, as a 7-year old boy, I remember him looking up […]



A Creative Composition Project

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 04:08:21 +0000

In case anyone here didn’t already know how in love I am with the Piano Safari method, I thought I would share a highlight from the lesson this week with my new beginning student Alyssa. We learned the piece, Outer Space from the Level 1 book over the last couple of weeks. Outer Space is […]



Music Education Apps – A Guest Post by Campbellsville University

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:41 +0000

Technology is an incredible tool in the classroom. It can give teachers new and exciting ways to engage students, improve the learning process and make tracking progress easier. So why can’t this same philosophy extend to music? There are more than 80,000 education apps designed just for the iPad alone, and many are designed with […]