Review: Sarah and The Magic Piano

Summertime, when I was a child, meant lots of trips to the library and many, many books to read.  Anytime that I can combine a story element to creating music, my interest is peaked. Combining those two elements together is something that I love to do with my students with their compositions, so when I found out about Sarah and the Magic Piano, you can bet I was interested in what it was all about. In the story, Sarah discovers a magic piano in her grandmother’s basement which transports her through time and space. Sarah and the Magic Piano is the […]

The Beauty of Stretching Moments

I am an introvert by nature. And because of that, I have had many of what I like to call, “stretching moments” in my life. I remember one of those stretching moments very clearly when I was growing up. When I was a teenager my Mom was the choir director at church. She decided to give me the job to call all the choir members to remind them about choir practice each week. I couldn’t tell you how awful that was for me at the time. I literally thought I would die making these phone calls. To help me get […]

Review: Practice Habits

I am a huge fan of giving students a variety of music and lots of it! I believe it helps with their sight-reading and reading skills as well as their motivation. Because of this, I like to subscribe to different digital sheet music subscription services. This last summer, I joined the Practice Habits community. Chris Owenby is the composer/arranger of all the music you can find inside Practice Habits. You can read more about him here. What makes Practice Habits a little different from some of the other music subscriptions is that Chris includes more than sheet music. Of course, it […]

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. My hope is that you 1) took a break and 2) spent at least some of it not doing anything related to teaching. If you didn’t, make it a goal this year to do exactly that, perhaps this summer. Breaks are not only good for us teachers, but they are equally beneficial for our students. Over the years, I have written several posts on burnout. If you are feeling a bit of burnout, you are not alone. Burnout is very real and more common than you know. Here is a link to several […]

12 DAYS OF INSPIRATION DAY 3: Three Simple Ways to Reduce Stress this Year

I am collaborating with some other piano ed bloggers for a 12-day inspiration blogging journey. Today is Day 3! (Scroll to the end of the post to see the others you may have missed) One thing that I have noticed more and more among teachers regardless of what they teach is how burned out everyone is. And really it’s not just teachers, it’s my friends, family, neighbors, everyone is just plain ol’ burned out. Burnout is real. One big culprit of burnout is stress. So I wanted to share today 3 ways to reduce stress this year. These simple things […]

Have You Taken the Free Music Lab Course Yet?

Did you know that Music Educator Resources has online courses you can take? Yep! I enjoy doing online courses because I love to help teachers improve their teaching, learn, grow and stretch. One of the courses that I have shared is The Basics of Starting a Music Lab, which is a free course if a music lab is something you have thought about starting in your studio. This course is nice and short so just set aside a little time (less than a 30-minute lesson) and get started. After you take the course, if you are interested in learning more about […]

December Music Lab Task Card Update

If you own any of the music lab task cards, the December updates are finished and have been uploaded! The following updates have been made: Went through and separated the “retired” apps in its own file Brand new layout Added a new “general” student reflection card you can use with any subject (editable) 1 READ and WATCH file- page 2 printing instructions are important for the new layout. Watch file is a video of me going through the changes. (I also linked to this video on our Facebook page). Please take the time to watch the video first so you know […]