Christmas Camp Lesson Plans Added!

Have any fun plans in store for the holiday season? I have been doing Christmas camp for almost 20 years now and will never go back to the traditional lesson format during this time because it has been such a win in my studio. Matter of fact, just the other day while I was explaining Christmas camp to a new student, she piped up and said, “Christmas camp is why I’m taking piano lessons!” I was taken back for a minute and said, really? She said, yes it was after my brother talking about how much fun it was that […]

Games, Games and MORE Games!

Games. Why do we love to play games? Whether it is a board game, a physical game, a video game, played in a group, or by yourself, games just make things more fun! But does it go beyond that? Are there actual benefits to playing games? Of course, there are! GAME BENEFITS Educational– Let’s face it, playing games makes learning more fun! Take any subject and turn it into a game and you have instant reinforcement of what they are learning. Many times lightbulb moments come on during these times! Retention– A well known Chinese proverb says, “Tell Me and I […]

Harvest Deals

If you haven’t been on Facebook the last few days, then you are probably missing out on the freebies and 50% off deals that have been going on and will be continuing! Each day, the TpT Music Crew, of which I am a part of have been sharing a free resource (or 2) plus 50% deals which are unheard of! Today is my day to share! Be sure to take advantage below and then go over and check out all the deals going on every day through Nov. 16th! http://bit.ly/MusicCrewHarvest 50% off today only! I recently added a video component to this resource, […]

Free Music Games and Activity Ideas for Christmas

I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas games and activities I have done with my students over the years. Most do not require any printing! If you are new to the idea of running a Christmas camp or group lesson, I highly recommend it! You can read why and how I do Christmas camps in this post, Christmas Camps: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Composition/Improvisation I love to do composition activities with my students. One of my favorite ideas is to take a Christmas story and create sound stories out of them. You can do […]

Review: Interactive Piano Method

Every once in a while there is a method that stands out a little different from the rest. These are the methods that I tend to gravitate towards. I first like to figure out why a particular method is different and how it would benefit my students or maybe just a particular student. Many times when I begin a new method it is with a particular student in mind that I think can benefit from it. Then after I am able to experience it, the possibilities with other students open up. Carol Matz has published a new method called the […]

Feature Friday: Don’t Eat Frank!

I’m back from Fall break and it was beautiful! My husband and I did a New England road trip covering 7 states plus Canada in 10 days! Whew! I’ll have to share some pictures in the November newsletter soon. Today’s feature Friday is a BRAND new game, Don’t Eat Frank! If you are familiar with the game, Don’t Eat Pete then you know your students are going to love this Halloween music version!   Did you miss the October newsletter freebie a couple weeks ago? No worries, I decided to put this one available for all on TpT! Grab it by […]

Feature Friday: Spider Scales Puzzle

  I thought I would feature a resource that I love to use with students when they are learning or reviewing major and minor scales. Do you hold group activities? Make it a race and see which team or student can put a scale you shout it, first! It’s perfect for this time of year with Halloween approaching! I hope your students enjoy it too! Here is what a couple teachers have said about the Spider Scale Puzzles: “Great for group lessons in October, my students had fun!” Janet “Creative activity for Halloween.” Teacher     Be sure to ‘Like’ […]