Light Up The March From The Nutcracker

Last week was our first week of our Nutcracker Christmas camp. One of my favorite activities is using flashlights to help the kids learn about the musical form. Before we bring out the flashlights, I have them pick out the A, B and C sections. Before camp, I had bought and cut up squares of red and green cellophane (I bought mine at Michaels). So when we were ready, I gave the students some squares to fasten with rubber bands over their flashlight. (I had them bring their own flashlight but I had some extra’s just in case). A little tip […]

Group Lessons Goes Tech!

Back in 2011, I bought a projector. It was probably one of the best investments I made for my studio because I use it ALL the time in group lessons and camps. It has opened up a lot of possibilities of different activities I can do with my students. You can hook a projector up to your iPad or Tablet, laptop, computer… show a powerpoint, pdf, movie, website and more! (More on projectors later) Now if you have an Apple TV (which I do but it’s in a room I don’t always want my students to go to) a lot of […]

Let’s Go to the Movies!

  If you didn’t open your email newsletter yesterday be sure you do. I counted at least 6 freebie links in that email.  😉 In the newsletter I also announced the release of my newest summer camp available in my store, “Let’s Go to the Movies.” Right now it’s on sale $10 off for the first 20 teachers who purchase or until the end of the day today, whichever comes first. (hint: I only have a handful left at that discount.) There are no codes needed, so go grab it at it’s biggest discount it will be while you can. IMPORTANT– If […]

Running Your First Summer Camp

Running Your First Summer Camp Podcast I had the fabulous opportunity to be interviewed by Tim Topham for one of his podcast episodes. If you are not familiar with Tim and all that he has to offer, you must check him out. On his website you will find great podcasts, blog posts and resources. His latest addition is the Inner Circle. Here is how I would describe the Inner Circle… Did you ever wish on occasion that you can be a fly on the wall in somebody’s music studio observing their teaching? Just to get a little sample of how they approach certain styles […]

A Review from Piano Bench Magazine

Karen Gibson reviewed my course, Make More Teach Less; A Comprehensive Guide to Running a Music Camp or Workshop in the March edition of The Piano Bench Magazine. If you aren’t familiar with the Piano Bench magazine… it is an app available in the iTunes Store or Google Play Store where you read it from your iPad or tablet. It is a quick read that is fun and relevant for piano teachers. Every month she has helpful articles, tips, reviews and even a recipe! This month is on Summer Camps and Group Lessons and has some wonderful articles inside. She also […]

Music Crafts for Your Group Activities

During my camps and workshops I try to have some kind of craft students can make that goes along with our theme. Taking a craft break is a fun hands on activity students enjoy plus they get to take their finished product home! I thought I would share some music craft ideas I have done with my students. Hopefully it will help give you some ideas you can do with your students. Homemade Instruments  Homemade Instruments are always a great craft activity to do in a camp, workshop or group setting. After all instruments always relate to music. When we are […]

Two Music Games Students Will LOVE!

I wanted to share a couple games we played at Christmas camp that were a big hit especially with the boys but the girls loved it too! Both of these games have nothing to do with Christmas so you can use them anytime. Best played during a group lesson or camp. Now as you probably know by now, my theme this year is a Quest so I wanted to incorporate a couple games that would go perfectly with our theme. Blow Bow Intervals Materials Needed: Straw, Q-Tip, a Target of some kind (I used small boxes), Interval Target Cards. How to […]