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 […]

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 […]

Are Ground Rules Necessary for Summer Camp?

Why establish ground rules? Here is the thing, I say it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s always better for students to know what is expected of them before any problems should incur. Ground rules set a precedent and clear understanding of what you expect from students when they are with you for their camp or group activity session. Who? You may not have behavior issues with your older students but you may have issues with them whipping out their cell phone every second that they can. Set ground rules that are appropriate to the ages your students in your […]

2 Do’s and a Don’t for Running a Summer Camp

I have learned a lot over the years when running a music camp. Some things are easy to figure out and some not so much. I thought I would share 2 Do’s and a Don’t when running a music camp with your students. Do Over Prepare! When I am creating my lesson plans for summer camp or a workshop, I always make sure I add at the bottom of my lesson plans “If Time…” If time is a list of several games and activities that I can do with my students at the drop of a hat. Things that I don’t necessarily […]

Top 3 Benefits of Summer Camp

For over 20 years now I have been holding summer camps in my studio. Matter of fact, I hold camps in my studio twice a year (December and May/June) because I find them so beneficial. If you ever toyed with the idea of running a summer camp, I would highly encourage you to give it a try. There are SO many things we can do with our students during this time that we just don’t have time during their weekly lessons. That is a benefit in itself and I haven’t even shared my top 3 yet! Retain summer income (or make […]