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A Cool Classical Music History Infographic

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:52 +0000

Check out this snapshot of music history from The original post also has a great overview with embedded videos of performances from each era of music history.

Student Favorites to Wrap-up the Year

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:37:05 +0000

Since this was our last week of lessons (next week we have our Year-End Evaluations) I let each of the students choose what they wanted to do for the lesson. Several (not surprisingly!) chose games. They love to skim the 5 for Fun! Games and Activities for the Private Piano Lesson book for ideas! One […]

Win a Free Membership to Musical U!

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:36:37 +0000

It’s hard to believe that Musical U is already celebrating 2 years! What Christopher Sutton began as in 2009 is now an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to improve their knowledge and skills as a musician. To celebrate their 2-year anniversary as Musical U, they are giving away several free memberships to aspiring musicians. […]

Finally a Way to Track Repertoire!

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:00:12 +0000

One of my favorite things to do is brainstorm creative and effective ways to streamline processes and organizational ideas for both myself and my students. That’s one of the reasons that I develop a practice incentive theme for my studio each year. It provides a ways for students to set goals, manage their progress, and […]

Mini Music Manual Review by Piano Teacher Resources

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:00:18 +0000

Chris Owenby, of, has not only written a wonderful review of our Mini Music Manual, but has also made a special offer that anyone who purchases one by the end of today, April 22, will receive a free piece of sheet music from his shop! Wow, what a kind and generous offer! The Mini […]

Review of Carnival of the Animals Piano Camp by Music Educator Resources

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:44 +0000

Summer is just around the corner and with it the opportunity to switch gears and host some fun alternatives to traditional lessons. One of my favorite summer activities over the years has been putting on piano camps. We typically do a one-week camp, with students meeting every day of the week for several hours. By […]

Page of Free Piano Resources

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:28:28 +0000

Piano teachers are notorious for keeping busy, and Jerald Simon is perhaps at the top of the list! As a Utah piano teacher and prolific composer, he keeps busy creating and providing all sorts of music and resources for the piano teaching community. I was thrilled to see that he has compiled many of these […]

And the Winners Are…

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:11:53 +0000

#3 – Marie #7 – Hannah Congrats! Each of you will receive a sheet music piece of your choice by composer Chris Owenby. I know you and your students will enjoy it!

Review and Giveaway of New Music by Composer Chris Owenby

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:28:52 +0000

When I’m selecting new music for my students the first criteria that it must pass is that I like the piece. I know, that’s probably a bit self-serving of me as a teacher, but I figure if I’m not excited about the music, then I’ll have a hard time encouraging the student to be excited […]

Teaching Composition to Students

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:05 +0000

Or this post could be titled, “Reason #47 Why I Love Piano Safari!” 🙂 When Alyssa first began piano lessons last fall we tried some simple improvisation activities, but she was reluctant to play anything without knowing that it was the “right” notes. As we’ve worked through my all-time favorite piano method – Piano Safari […]