Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! A Course Overview

I am happy to announce that the brand new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success has been released! If you have a music lab that you are wanting to improve or interested in beginning a music lab or doing any kind of lesson rotation, this course is for you. Lizbeth Atkinson shares her unbiased review below. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to leave it in the comments.   The “Music Lab, Setting Up for Success!” course is one you will want to purchase now if you are interested in starting a lab or […]

Music Lab Release Party

  Today we kick off the release of the new online course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success! I’m thrilled to have this available to teachers. The journey for this course began almost 6 months ago when I wanted to create an in-depth course to help teachers in their music lab. I didn’t want to leave anything out so I asked you what questions and frustrations you had and any advice you needed from me. Thus, Music Lab – Setting Up for Success was born. I would encourage you to find out more about the course inside the course […]

Camp Lesson Plan Made Easy

I kicked off my summer camp workshops last week! I wanted to share how easy it is to create a lesson plan for a summer camp using the resources you might already own. For this post, I will be giving an example of an easy composer camp that can be created by Composer Time Capsules and the Composer Who Am I bundle and because my email subscriber freebie for May, June and July are Composer card sets, let’s throw those in as well as an “if time” activity. (If you missed subscribing to my email list before May 1st, no […]

End of the Year Reflection and Celebration

It’s the end of the school year! A perfect time for students to reflect back on the year. What were some of their favorite memories? What did they learn? What would they like to improve on? What are they looking forward to on summer break? Enjoy this freebie. It includes an editable version if you would like to change some of the questions. This year is recital week in my studio. I am going to have students fill out some compliment cards while they listen to each other play at rehearsals. I thought it would be a nice little boost before […]

Burnout Is Real

I don’t know about anyone else, but this is my most stressful time of year. It’s also the time of year that I tend to burn out and when I notice my students burning out. This is the time for re-registration, summer camp registrations, summer scheduling, following up with the waiting list, figuring out who I can add to the schedule, planning the spring recital, getting students ready for spring recital, prep the summer camps, not to mention my other creative and educational projects. Oh, the list can go on and on… I know you can relate how crazy it […]

2018 MTNA Pics and Disney Fun

I thought I would share some of my favorite parts of MTNA beyond the classes. Visiting the exhibits and spending time with other teachers!         After the conference, my husband met me Wednesday morning to stay a few more days at Disney for some fun! We were able to visit all 4 parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios). Plus we went to Universal for a day to check out the newest Harry Potter ride. After we spent some time at the Animal Kingdom, we checked into the Carribean Resort since Coronado wouldn’t let us stay […]

2018 MTNA Tuesday and Wednesday

CAROL MATZ- INTERACTIVE PIANO SHOWCASE Carol gave a great showcase of her method, Interactive Piano. She recently released level 3. What makes level 3 unique is it includes a Pro Piano Skills section in the PDF downloads where students are learning how to play from lead sheets, chord charts, improvisation, notation, and composition. So awesome!!! You can read my review of Carol’s method here. I will be reviewing level 3 soon, but in the meantime, you can check it out here. THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT OF WALT DISNEY AND THE INDEPENDENT TEACHER  Karen Thickstun   There are a lot of good lessons […]

2018 MTNA Monday

The morning presentations on Monday were filled with 20 min. “fast track” presentations and I have to say that these were among my favorite presentations at MTNA! So much so that I had really wished the presenters had the full hour. There was no wasting time for sure. GET PSYCHED TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS  Charles Blanchard   I met Charles in the exhibit hall where he was exhibiting his book, Postive Piano: History’s Greatest Pianists On How to Succeed Wildly in Life.   (affiliate link) After I talked to him about his book (of which I ended up purchasing), I was intrigued and looked […]

2018 MTNA Sunday

BRINGING THE WISDOM OF MR. MIYAGI William Westney One of my favorite movies from the 80’s was Karate Kid. Yes, I confess I had a little crush on “Daniel.” I was really looking forward to this presentation and anxious to see where it would go. If you are not familiar with the movie, it’s definitely worth watching. William Westney showed clips of the movie to give context to what wisdom we can learn from Daniel’s teacher, Mr. Miyagi. In one of the first scenes between Mr. Miyagi and “Daniel, son” as he liked to call him, Daniel is curious to […]

2018 MTNA Pedagogy Saturday Highlights (Part 2)

TEACHING ADULTS Part 1- Nan Baker Richardson Part 2- Amanda “Mandy” Schlegel Part 1- Reading on the grand staff Reading on the grand staff can be confusing to an adult learner. Tells adults, “All of you are new to this. You are proficient at what you do and what you are good at because that is your profession. This is my profession, I don’t expect you to fully grasp, understand everything and that’s okay….” (So true!) I loved Nan’s brilliant analogy’s to help understand reading on the grand staff. She likened the grand staff to telling time. Time is am or […]