Be Our Guest: How Does Simon Teach Us How to Practice?

Today I have asked Andy Fling with MakingMusicFun.net to share a recent post he wrote for his email subscribers. In this post he shares how using the game that many of us have grown up with, “Simon” and apply it to practicing. I have personally used this game (via the iPad) with my students but for ear training and memory purposes. It didn’t even dawn on me the other teaching application it has! Practicing! Enjoy this post by Andy Fling…     The Best Teaching Strategy You May be Missing Can be Taught with a Toy Have you ever played with Simon […]

Review: Chicken Scream App

  There is a new app that’s out and is going viral. It is called Chicken Scream. The basic premise of the app is to allow your voice to control the chicken. Make a soft noise and the chicken walks, make a loud noise and the chicken jumps. I first heard about this app in the iPad Piano Teachers Group and my first thought was hilarious! My second thought of course was how well would this work with piano? So I tried it… As you can see this would be a fun app to use with students when teaching dynamics regardless what […]

Music Lab Task Cards UPDATE

With fall semester coming to a close, I thought I would give an update on how things have been going using the music lab task cards. So far I am thrilled with the results from using the lab cards. I have seen more engagement, staying on task, less “wasted” time and definitely a more purposeful lab session each week. Not to mention the HUGE time saver they have been. I can literally plan an entire month of lab activities quickly and easily. While a couple of my students who have been with me for a long time weren’t initially thrilled […]

Note Rush App Winners

  Congratulations Note Rush app winners! Check your email inbox. Your code to download the app is waiting for you. Enjoy! Note Rush is working on some new themes and just gave a sneak peak of a new Halloween one coming soon! You can check it out on their Facebook page here. You can find out more information on how to download Note Rush by visiting the website, NoteRushApp.com. Note Rush is available on iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, etc.) as well as Android. See full Note Rush app review here. Another review coming next week, stay tuned!  

Once Upon A Time; A Music Lab Story

Once Upon a Time there was a piano teacher who lived in a small town. She enjoyed teaching piano lessons but was looking for something to spice things up a bit. Something that would allow her students to learn and engage in more than what there was time for during lessons. She had heard about this thing called a music lab, where you can add time before or after a students lesson while continuing to teach another student. This would allow students to continue to learn, review and engage in music concepts independently. She loved this idea and decided to […]

Tech Tuesday: Note Rush App

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed an app and I’m really excited to be sharing this review with you today. Note Rush is a note reading app that hears your instrument. With 3 themes to choose from (and more in the works!), it is super easy to use and fun! I wanted to do a video review for the first time. Be sure to watch to the end where you can see a student of mine playing the app and what happens after he tries all 3 themes. Note Rush App Review Note Rush is a motivating app that engages […]

Music Lab Task Cards Q & A

I’m really happy with the feedback I’m getting from the Music Lab Task Cards. With excitement, comes questions so I thought I would go ahead and add a Q & A page for the Music Lab Task Cards as the questions are coming in… What is Music Lab? Music Lab is an extension of a students lesson time but separate from the actual lesson. Independent time where students can work on theory, rhythm, ear training and so on through an app, computer, keyboard, etc… Some call it “tech time”, others call it “off the bench” time. Music lab is probably the’ […]