Feature Friday: Composer Time Capsules

One of my favorite group lesson activities was one I did over 10 years ago, composer time capsules. Time capsules are a fun way to not only learn about someone but they are a great way to remember interesting facts and stories. A couple years ago I started to make my composer time capsules available for teachers to use. Each time capsule comes with 16 facts about a composer and picture cards representing those facts. The best way to see what these time capsules are all about is to watch me introduce them in this video. (The video is older so it […]

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 […]

Christmas Camp: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I just love this time of year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…. I LOVE Christmas music. It just has a way of lifting the spirits and I do not mind it one bit when I hear it in stores, restaurants or radio a little bit “early”. Matter of fact, I was having breakfast with my husband at one of our favorite places last weekend and my eyes totally lit up when I found myself singing along and realizing it was Christmas music!   I have been telling my students this week that Thanksgiving is just a couple weeks away, can you believe […]

Performance, Games and Activity Ideas For Halloween

  Saturday was my yearly Halloween Piano Festival. It’s my most favorite performance of the year! I love fall! It is my favorite time of year. The weather starts to cool down (still waiting on that one since it reached 94 yesterday- but at least we are out of the triple digits!) and we kick off some fun performance opportunities for the year! I love to dress up too and this year since I had a Hollywood theme going on, I decided to dress up as one of my favorite old hollywood actresses, Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo in “I Love Lucy!” I […]

Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirate Sale for Me!

Ahoy Matey’s! Did you know that tomorrow is “Talk Like a Pirate” day? Have your students compose a sea chanty storybook with A Pirates Life or review musical symbols with I Spy Musical Treasure Hunt or Ahoy Matey’s. They are all 20% off today! Check all of them out here. Need some help in talking like a pirate? Check out this website.  

Motivating Practice Over the Summer

  It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the pools are glistening and vacations are long overdue. So how do we keep students motivated to practice over the summer when what they really need is a break? Breaks allow us to re-energize, re-assess, rejuvenate. Do you see a theme going on here? Breaks are healthy. My students need them and I know for a fact that I need them. While I would hope my students do play over the summer, I don’t expect practice to be the quantity/quality it usually is. Sometimes they surprise me though and […]

Creative Practice Tools and Ideas

Practice! When you hear the word practice what is the first adjective you usually think about?  Is it work, fun, boring, tedious, joyful? Practice, is usually a word that is usually dreaded among students. Yet, it is an important word. It’s what allows us to grow, get better at, progress and improve. So what can we do to make practicing more fun and efficient with our students? I wanted to share some creative practice tools and ideas. Hopefully there is at least one that will inspire you and help motivate your students to enjoy the process of practicing! Practice Kits Back in […]