Fall Kickoff 2018

This last week was our fall kickoff! I always look forward to the fall kickoff. I have been doing this for years and found that not only is it a great way to get excited about the new school year but it has also been a perfect way to ease back into a routine without the overwhelm. This is the time where I introduce our new theme, we share what they have done over the summer, do some kind of activity and/or game. Students come on their normal scheduled lesson day, but all the same hour. If they can’t make […]

Surprise the Teacher at Fall Kickoff

When do you kick off fall semester? My fall semester begins next week. I just got back from vacation so I’m busy pulling everything together. Luckily, all the big stuff was done before I left so now it’s all the little things that can add up. In my piano studio, I do what is called, Fall Kickoff for the first lesson of the year. All my students come on their normal lesson day at the same time. I introduce our new theme. (This year it is the A.N.T.H.E.M. program) If they can’t make it on their normal lesson day at […]

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 […]

Adding a Video Element to a Creative Story Composition

Recently I added a video element to the Creative Story Compositions, FaLaLaLaLa and Fall Fun. I will be adding this element to all the creative story compositions later this month. Last week at Christmas camp I was able to try the new video element with my students and they turned out so cute! I had 4 different groups. I explained to each group that we would be creating a Christmas story, round robin style. I then took each page from FaLaLaLaLa, cut the top half so just the picture scene was showing, numbered them on the back and laminated them.  […]

DIY- Sheet Music Heart Ornament

Last week was our first week of Christmas camp (for more on how I do Christmas camps, read Christmas Camp: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year). I like to have some kind of craft during our time together and ornaments make the perfect craft for this time of year. Students had two choices of the ornament they could make. I wanted to share a video of how we made the music heart ornament because I LOVE how it turned out! You will need: Strips of sheet music (I like to cut these in advance) Stapler Ribbon or string so […]

Christmas Camp Lesson Plans Added!

Have any fun plans in store for the holiday season? I have been doing Christmas camp for almost 20 years now and will never go back to the traditional lesson format during this time because it has been such a win in my studio. Matter of fact, just the other day while I was explaining Christmas camp to a new student, she piped up and said, “Christmas camp is why I’m taking piano lessons!” I was taken back for a minute and said, really? She said, yes it was after my brother talking about how much fun it was that […]

Games, Games and MORE Games!

Games. Why do we love to play games? Whether it is a board game, a physical game, a video game, played in a group, or by yourself, games just make things more fun! But does it go beyond that? Are there actual benefits to playing games? Of course, there are! GAME BENEFITS Educational– Let’s face it, playing games makes learning more fun! Take any subject and turn it into a game and you have instant reinforcement of what they are learning. Many times lightbulb moments come on during these times! Retention– A well known Chinese proverb says, “Tell Me and I […]

Free Music Games and Activity Ideas for Christmas

I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas games and activities I have done with my students over the years. Most do not require any printing! If you are new to the idea of running a Christmas camp or group lesson, I highly recommend it! You can read why and how I do Christmas camps in this post, Christmas Camps: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Composition/Improvisation I love to do composition activities with my students. One of my favorite ideas is to take a Christmas story and create sound stories out of them. You can do […]

Feature Friday: Spider Scales Puzzle

  I thought I would feature a resource that I love to use with students when they are learning or reviewing major and minor scales. Do you hold group activities? Make it a race and see which team or student can put a scale you shout it, first! It’s perfect for this time of year with Halloween approaching! I hope your students enjoy it too! Here is what a couple teachers have said about the Spider Scale Puzzles: “Great for group lessons in October, my students had fun!” Janet “Creative activity for Halloween.” Teacher     Be sure to ‘Like’ […]

Getting to Know Our Students- Fun Activities to Kick Off the School Year!

Back to school is just around the corner. For some much closer than others. Regardless when your fall semester begins, it will be here before we know it! I think it’s important to get to know my students beyond the time I spend teaching them. I want to know what makes them tick. Their likes and dislikes. I want to know what music they like and listen to but I also want to know what they do outside of school, what their favorite food is or movie. There are so many ways to get to know our students better.  Get […]