Win a TpT Gift Card PLUS Cyber Monday Deals!

  It’s Cyber Monday tomorrow!  Who needs some extra cash to spend on the TPT sitewide sale? You do? Well, head on over to this Facebook post and enter to win a $10 TPT Gift Card. I’m collaborating with some other teachers so you can have multiple chances to win! It’s a hop which means you can literally win a gift card from more than one store! Feeling lucky? Winners will be announced tomorrow after 8pm EST so you will still have some time to spend it if you win! Enter here. Good luck! Then remember to visit the Music Educator […]

Music Lab Task Cards UPDATE

With fall semester coming to a close, I thought I would give an update on how things have been going using the music lab task cards. So far I am thrilled with the results from using the lab cards. I have seen more engagement, staying on task, less “wasted” time and definitely a more purposeful lab session each week. Not to mention the HUGE time saver they have been. I can literally plan an entire month of lab activities quickly and easily. While a couple of my students who have been with me for a long time weren’t initially thrilled […]

The Power of Praise in Students Practice

  Think of the last time someone praised you on something you accomplished whether big or small. When was the last time you received an email or perhaps a note in the mail from someone saying how proud they are of you? Or perhaps offered a word of encouragement for something you were struggling with? Now think of how it made you feel? Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, cites a study that says when children first start school, they score up to 80% in the self-esteem category. By the time they reach 5th grade, the children scored only […]

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 […]

Review: Time Tracker Mini

  There is a timer that I LOVE to use during music lab time but really can be used for anything you would want/need a timer for. I thought I would share a video of what makes this timer so special.   You can purchase the Time Tracker Mini at Amazon here. Want to know more information about the music lab task cards that have changed how I do music lab? Read the Q&A post here for answers to questions and several helpful videos. Disclaimer: The amazon affiliate link included help me share reviews such as this one and keep this blog […]

Review: Handy Houses

I love teaching beginners. There is something about starting fresh from the very beginning that is just so much fun and brings so much joy to both me and the student. There are so many great resources out there for young beginners and Handy Houses, written by Samantha Perkins is one I think you will enjoy. Telling stories is a great way to help kids connect and remember. If you are like me, you have probably used some kind of story with your students relating to the notes on the piano keyboard. We do this because it not only makes learning more […]

Once Upon A Time; A Music Lab Story

Once Upon a Time there was a piano teacher who lived in a small town. She enjoyed teaching piano lessons but was looking for something to spice things up a bit. Something that would allow her students to learn and engage in more than what there was time for during lessons. She had heard about this thing called a music lab, where you can add time before or after a students lesson while continuing to teach another student. This would allow students to continue to learn, review and engage in music concepts independently. She loved this idea and decided to […]