How Do You Clean Your Piano Keys?

Every once in awhile this question will come up in the Facebook forums and it is a valid question. How do you clean your piano keys? Over the years I have tried several different ways to clean my piano keys. I thought it would be a fun post to share my experience with the different things I have tried. Your experience with these might vary…   Soap and water The first way I used to clean my piano keys was just good ol’ mild soap and water on a cloth. Pros: Easy and cheap Cons: Was it really removing all […]

When Lessons Get Challenging…

I have never been a big hiker but I do love the view at the end of a hike. When we were in Hawaii almost a year and a half ago, my husband wanted our family to hike Diamond Head. He warned the kids and I to be physically ready because we were doing it whether we were ready or not Despite his warnings, not a lot of preparation went into it. While I have my cardio routine that I am pretty consistent each week, I wasn’t prepared for a couple things. 1) The climb. I should have used the treadmill incline […]

From Stagnant to Engaging!

As teachers, we know all too well that no two students are exactly alike. For this reason, it is important that we change up our teaching styles, strategies and techniques to prevent our lessons from becoming stagnant. The not so great news is we are creatures of habit. It’s easy to teach the same way, from the same lesson plans and material that we are comfortable with over and over. I know I have been guilty of this many times over the years. The problem with that is our lessons get stagnant and predictable. Stagnant lessons can dis-engage students. The […]

Establish an Engaged Learning Environment

  The following article was recently published in the March issue of The Piano Bench Magazine, a magazine I highly recommend. It is an app you can find in the iTunes Store or GooglePlay Store and read from your mobile device. Engaging our students can sometimes feel overwhelming especially when a teacher might be feeling a bit burned out.  But did you know that when we truly engage our students in their learning we can also be engaged in our teaching? And visa versa. This is because students respond more positively when they are interested and engaged in what they are learning. That positive energy can return […]

3 Ways to Activate the Students Brain

  Have you ever had a student tell you, “You never taught me that” when you know that not only have you taught them what they were claiming you didn’t, but you have gone through it multiple times? There is actually a scientific reason in the brain that explain why a student has no memory of being taught a particular concept. As teachers we have the responsibility to activate our students brain. We need to make sure they are fully engaged in their learning. This isn’t always easy especially if you are experiencing a bit of burnout. (See articles regarding […]

Be Our Guest: Top 10 Tips to Help the Independent Teacher From Burnout

There are certain times a year where burnout tends to show its face a little more. Winter tends to be one of those times so this guest post couldn’t have been more well timed. I am excited to have Laurabeth Roundy, a private piano, violin, viola and fiddle teacher in Arlington, WA be my guest and share with us her top 10 tips on helping independent teachers from burning out. If you have some additional tips, feel free to leave them in the comments as we can all benefit from them. Take it away Laurabeth… One topic discussed among my music teacher […]

2017 Survey Winners!

  A HUGE thank you to all of you who took some time to leave valuable feedback from my 2017 survey. I couldn’t believe the response and I am so grateful for it! This helps me to help you in what you want from me this year and years to come. I hope you enjoyed the small token of my appreciation and able to use it with your students. Before I announce the winners, I wanted to let you know that I didn’t add anyone to my mailing list that wasn’t already subscribed. So if you left your email for […]