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Free Forms to Conduct Year-End Piano Student Evaluations

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:37:29 +0000

One of the most helpful decisions I made years ago was to schedule Year-End Evaluations for the final piano lesson of the spring semester. One or both parents are required to attend with the student and we use their lesson time to discuss progress over the past year along with plans and goals for the […]



A Very Out-of-the-Box Book for the Improv-Challenged Pianist

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:12:03 +0000

As I mentioned in my recent post about improvisation pianist Anna Ferraro, I spent years feeling stuck to the page in my piano playing. My early forays into improvisation felt very uncomfortable and unmusical. And frankly, I’m still not that great at it. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and not know […]



It’s Psalms Project Time!

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:16:30 +0000

Those of you who have been around here for a while know that every spring in my studio we complete a composition effort called The Psalms Project. At the beginning of the semester I give students a worksheet with a step-by-step process that walks them through selecting a verse, setting it to music, and eventually […]



A Fun Key Signature Activity!

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 01:12:48 +0000

As I mentioned several weeks ago in the I See the Pattern post, Claire has been working on learning and understanding key signatures. For the latest key signature activity, I had her roll a block with letter names to determine the name of a Major key, then had her place magnets and write the note […]



And the Winner Is…

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:53:33 +0000

#9 – Tiffany Wagner! Tiffany, you’ll be receiving a free copy of Anna Ferraro’s new album, “Where Glory Dwells.” Congratulations! I know you’ll love it!



Boogie-Woogie is Back! – Guest Post by flowkey

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:33:59 +0000

At flowkey we love helping fans of all genres get inspired and learn from piano greats. In our new Featured Artist series, we highlight different genres and pianists, showcasing their skill in beautiful piano music videos. We’re excited to kick off the series with Arthur Migliazza, our favorite award-winning boogie-woogie pianist from New York: ?? […]



Teen Pianist Wiley Skaret Uses Music to Raise Money for Columbian Families

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:40:15 +0000

Our national homeschool organization recently announced their 2017 Teen Servant Leadership Awards and I was so excited to learn about the work of the young Columbian pianist, Wiley Skaret, to raise money for the children of fallen Columbian police officers. His approach? Playing the piano. Plus, check out this colorful and symbolic piano that Wiley […]



Increasing Inspiration in Your Studio, Part 2 – A Guest Post by Improv Pianist Anna Ferraro

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:29:28 +0000

Note from Natalie: Be sure to enter the drawing for your own copy of Anna’s newest album, “Where Glory Dwells.” And…we’re back! With part two in this mini-series. As I mentioned before, the motivation behind everything I do in my studio is to inspire my students to excellence. However, I find that it is not […]



Increasing Inspiration in Your Studio, Part 1 – A Guest Post by Improv Pianist Anna Ferraro

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:22:49 +0000

Note from Natalie: Be sure to enter the drawing for your own copy of Anna’s newest album, “Where Glory Dwells.” The motivation behind everything we do in our studios as piano teachers is to inspire our students to excellence. However, I find that it is not crucial if my students are inspired with me. The […]



Giveaway of New Album by Amazing Improv Pianist Anna Ferraro

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:22:17 +0000

As a young teenager I remember watching gifted pianists open up a piece of simple sheet music and proceed to flood the air with musical beauty that seemed to come out of nowhere. I was baffled (and more than a little jealous!). It was beyond my stick-to-the-music-trained brain’s ability to comprehend how someone could know […]