Free Halloween Music

This week my students have been picking out Halloween music to play in our yearly Halloween Festival. If you are new to the blog, you might not be aware of my early elementary halloween pieces you can download for free! Click here to find them. Enjoy!

An idea for your recital program

This year in my studio students earned jewels throughout the year for different accomplishments. Next week at our group lesson (post recital) party I am holding an auction so students can “spend” their jewels (we did a pirate theme). I have 36 students that participated in this and I was realizing how expensive this auction would be. So I was trying to come up with an idea to generate a little more money to help fund the auction. I tried asking for some gently used or new donations from parents that could be auctioned off and got no response. Then […]

Halloween Festival

Happy Halloween! A week and a half ago was my studio Halloween Festival. I always like to do some kind of pass along game during the event. The trick is to think outside the box so I’m not doing the same thing every year. This year I had the idea to do a trick or treat “live” board game. Students would perform their Halloween piece and then pick a card that said Trick or  Treat. The Trick’s were something silly to do (ie: cackle like a witch, walk like Frankenstein…) and the Treats were questions (ie: what is your favorite […]

Having fun with iMovie

I recently downloaded the iMovie app. Even though I have iMovie on my Mac, I wanted to try it out as an app and I have to say that I think I like it even better as an app. I find it super easy to use. After seeing one of the themes available that went perfectly with our studio theme we were working on this year I thought it would be fun to create a studio movie trailer of what students will be doing this year. So I took video and pictures from some group lessons and regular lessons and […]

Recital Preparation

Recital season is upon us! I don’t know about you but right now I have so much going on that I feel like I’m swimming in deep waters. Spring is such a crazy time. I have so much going on in May that I have officially named it MAY MADNESS! My recital is on Saturday, May 12th. In order to make my recital a fairly non-stressful event, I have the same “plan” in force each year.  As long as I stick with my plan, I know everything will go well despite hiccups that might come along the way. Plan 1: […]

PMTA Ensemble

On February 25, 2012, The Phoenix Music Teachers Association held it’s 60th Annual PMTA Piano Ensemble Concert, the longest run Ensemble event of its kind.  The first concert was held on May 7, 1953 featuring 204 students playing on 21 piano’s. This year our concert featured over 400 performers representing various levels of music study and performance experience.  In one of the pieces performed, Souvenir de Porto Rico, the Judd family covering 3 generations, played together.  Members of this family has been performing in the PMTA Ensemble for almost 40 of the 60 years of the PMTA Ensemble!  What a […]

Holiday Social: Drum Circle

Each year our MTA chapter holds a holiday social in December.  In the past we’ve had artists perform, teachers perform, mingled, ate, and so on.  The social also included a library music sale where teachers can buy old or barely used music. This year I really wanted to do something interactive that would bring the group together in music.  In my own studio I have held drum circles and every time I do I have loved it!  The kids have loved it, the experience is not like any other.  The great thing about drum circles is you can’t go wrong. […]

Fun games for your Christmas Camp or Party

I just shared a couple fun games that I have done with my students on a piano teacher forum and thought I would share them here as well.  These are a couple of my students favorite games that we have done.  The great thing about both of these is you can adapt them for anytime of the year.  Here they are Christmas style… I don’t remember what this game is called but it’s a mix of musical chairs and hot potato. I think it’s called “fruit basket”.  Come up with a word, in this case if you are doing it for a […]

Halloween Festival 2011

Last Saturday was our annual Halloween Festival.  I thought I would just share some pictures.  I had 3 back to back sessions that night.


I’ve been handing out Halloween music in the last week or so for students to start preparing for our annual Halloween Festival.  I thought I would remind those who have beginners right now that I have written a few Halloween pieces that you can download for free and use for your primer students.  FREE HALLOWEEN MUSIC If you are looking for Halloween themed music games that you can do with your students, Jeana Beasley over at SingANewSong created a Halloween game packet.  It’s on sale until this Friday.  I bought it and look forward to using the games with my […]