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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 […]

3 Tips for Getting Millennials Interested in Music Learning – A Guest Post by Alternate Tone Music School

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:25:07 +0000

Millennials were born into a world full of electronics and gadgets. They have no memory of a world without the Internet, smartphones, and laptops. Many of them have been plugged into an electronic device since they were toddlers. Surrounded by an overwhelming amount of stimuli, millenials often have a very short attention span. The generational […]

Using Key Signature Flashcards to Make a Circle of Fifths

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:47 +0000

This may be a no-brainer, but for some reason it just occurred to me this week that key signature flashcards (I love this set of Student Flashcards from TCW Resources!) would provide a great hands-on opportunity to create and understand the Circle of 5ths! Mercy has been working hard on memorizing all of her key […]

Learn From Your Musical Heroes – A Guest Post by Andy Trowers

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:00:25 +0000

The best musicians are truly inspiring. They evoke strong feelings through their playing. One of my favourite things is to listen to artists I admire and try to emulate the way they play or compose. You can learn so much from the way they express themselves in note placement, note selection, rhythmic patterns, and technique. […]

And the Winner Is…

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:53:12 +0000

Kori! Congrats, Kori! You won the drawing and will be receiving a free symphony flexi-clip! Thanks to all who participated. Feel free to visit Jackie’s website where you can get your own symphony flexi-clip!

The Best Way to Motivate Students

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:38:49 +0000

My husband shared this quote with me the other day and I thought it was very relevant to teaching students and learning to play an instrument: “Action never follows motivation…It’s the other way around. When you act, motivation inevitably follows.” I’ve seen over and over again that when students (or I!) make practicing a discipline […]

The Perfect Assignment Sheet for Piano Students

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:00:29 +0000

Somehow I just came across this fabulous compilation of free downloadable assignment sheets that Amy Chaplin, of the Piano Pantry blog, has either created or adapted! Even though I always create custom assignment books that correlate with our practice incentive theme for the year, I absolutely love the variety of ideas that Amy incorporates into […]

Review and Giveaway of the Flexi Symphony Clip

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:02:28 +0000

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a far cry from a fashionista. My hairstyle and accessory choices are driven by whatever takes me the least time in the morning (because there are so many things I would rather do than spend time fixing my hair!). So when Jackie Adams, a Lilla Rose […]

The Speedy Scale Game for Piano Students!

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:52 +0000

As I mentioned last week, I love to incorporate a variety of games to reinforce and evaluate music theory concepts with my students. This week we tried a Speedy Scale game to help students develop visual-spatial skills (they weren’t allowed to look at the piano keyboard, but had to visualize it in their mind) and […]

The Importance of Being Creative – A Guest Post by Andy Trowers

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:14:04 +0000

Creativity is one of the most important life skills a child can develop. Beyond musical or artistic benefits, creativity brings many advantages later in life. It improves problem-solving at work, allows greater expression, reduces stress, and helps makes connections with like-minded people. This post explores the benefits of creativity and how it can be nurtured, […]