2018 MTNA Pedagogy Saturday Highlights (Part 1)

Pedagogy Saturday is something I look forward to at MTNA. If you aren’t familiar with pedagogy Saturday, it is an extra option you can register for.  Classes are divided into what they call a track. This year the following tracks were offered: Musician Wellness– this year focusing on the mind and body. Recreational Music Making– this year featured practical applications and fun creative tips to make teaching more effective and fulfilling. RMM is mostly for group teaching but many of the ideas can be adapted to fit your studio. Teaching Artistry and Technique– this year focusing on sound as it […]

Combining Vocal Exploration with Story Telling and Composition

I’m collaborating with my music teacher blog friends at MusicEd Blogs on Facebook to discuss all the different ways we teach melody! Today I wanted to share an easy idea that combines melody composition with story-telling. Many of you are probably familiar with vocal explorations. I love the idea of vocal explorations and how simple yet effective they are. If you aren’t familiar with vocal explorations, here is an example of one you might see… Vocal explorations are typically used for vocal warmups. Students follow a lined path singing different pitches. The visual representation of those pitches is what inspired me […]

A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book

Elizabeth Gutierrez from Piano Teacher Academy has launched a new course, A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book.  If you enrolled in the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers online course bundle from last summer you already have this course, so no need to enroll. If you didn’t, it is now available as a stand-alone course! COURSE DESCRIPTION: Why wait until students can read a scale book and understand key signatures before starting scales? You can start students easily with scales once they know steps and skips at the keyboard. Elizabeth shares a tried-and-true method […]

Review: Little Gems for Piano Primer Level

About a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to review Paula Dreyer’s Volume 1 and 2 of Little Gems for Piano. If you missed that review, you can read it here. This time, I am excited to let you know about the primer level in the Little Gems for Piano series. The primer level is perfect for your beginner students. Students learn the pieces by rote. Each book includes access to audio downloads and video tutorials. When students are home, they can listen to the audio files or study the pieces through the online video tutorials. In the […]

TpT Sale PLUS Win a TpT Gift Card!

Today kicks off the TpT site-wide sale! My store is 25% off when you use the code: XOXO. This is a great time to start your wish list and save big!   The Music Crew, of which I am a part of collaborated so we can do a HUGE TeachersPayTeachers gift card giveaway. It is happening now and ends midnight tomorrow, Feb. 14th. Good luck! Curious what some of the most popular wish-listed resources in my store are? I added links to them below if you are interested in checking them out too!   Be sure to like Music Educator […]

Let the Savings Begin!

This week the world will have their eyes focused on elite athletes receiving their medals, but why let them have all the fun? The Music Crew is excited to offer a Music Medals event – saving you money on great lesson ideas so you can spend your time watching your favorite events on TV! Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, February 11 you will find a huge selection of savings from members of The Music Crew! Search #2018MusicGold on TpT to find items marked down 50%, #2018MusicSilver to find items marked down 30%, and #2018MusicBronze to find items marked down 20%. […]

2018 MusicEdConnect.com Highlights Day 3

I am attending the MusicEdConnect.com conference online and wanted to share some highlights of the sessions I will be able to attend live each day. Day 1 can be found here. Day 2 can be found here. Remember, all presentations you may have missed will be available afterward when the replay is available in addition to many flipped sessions already recorded and ready to watch.    My husband ran his first 5K in the morning, so I was out cheering him in. He did great! (I’ll share a picture before he started below, just don’t tell him. Ha! Ha!) Because I […]

2018 MusicEdConnect.com Highlights Day 2

I am attending the MusicEdConnect.com conference online and wanted to share some highlights of the sessions I will be able to attend live each day. Day 1 can be found here. Remember, all presentations you may have missed will be available afterward when the replay is available. PLUS there are a bunch of flipped recorded sessions already available to watch.    Sadly, I had to leave shortly after the first session and missed Teaching Lessons Online: Tools, Challenges and Opportunities by Joao Casarotti and Alejandro Cremashchi and 10 Things I Wish I Had Known BEFORE I Became an Independent Music Teacher, Plus a Few […]

2018 MusicEdConnect.com Highlights Day 1

I am attending the MusicEdConnect.com conference online and wanted to share some highlights of the sessions I will be able to attend live each day. Remember, all presentations you may have missed will be available after the conference when the replay is available. PLUS there are a bunch of flipped recorded sessions already available to watch. I was surprised to see so many when I logged on. Encouraging Artistic Performance of the Elementary & Intermediate Piano Repertoire by Pamela D. Pike Pamela begins by asking, “what does artistry mean to you?” I would encourage you to answer that question for yourself. […]

2018 MusicEdConnect.com Online Conference

MusicEdConnect.com is just around the corner to a computer near you! Happening February 1-3, 2018, there is no need to book airline tickets or a hotel room, all you need is internet access and you are ready to sit back and take it all in. MusicEdConnect.com is an online international conference with nationally-known presenters. I have had the chance to be involved in MusicEdConnect.com as a presenter for several years. This year I won’t be able to present, however, I wanted to give a big shout out to this online conference because there are many presenters you will want to […]