Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success!

I am happy to announce that the brand new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success has been released! If you have a music lab that you are wanting to improve or interested in beginning a music lab or doing any kind of lesson rotation, this course is for you. Lizbeth Atkinson shares her unbiased review below. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to leave it in the comments.   The “Music Lab, Setting Up for Success!” course is one you will want to purchase now if you are interested in starting a lab or […]

Review: Little Gems for Piano Primer Level

About a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to review Paula Dreyer’s Volume 1 and 2 of Little Gems for Piano. If you missed that review, you can read it here. This time, I am excited to let you know about the primer level in the Little Gems for Piano series. The primer level is perfect for your beginner students. Students learn the pieces by rote. Each book includes access to audio downloads and video tutorials. When students are home, they can listen to the audio files or study the pieces through the online video tutorials. In the […]

Review: Sarah and The Magic Piano

Summertime, when I was a child, meant lots of trips to the library and many, many books to read.  Anytime that I can combine a story element to creating music, my interest is peaked. Combining those two elements together is something that I love to do with my students with their compositions, so when I found out about Sarah and the Magic Piano, you can bet I was interested in what it was all about. In the story, Sarah discovers a magic piano in her grandmother’s basement which transports her through time and space. Sarah and the Magic Piano is the […]

Review: Practice Habits

I am a huge fan of giving students a variety of music and lots of it! I believe it helps with their sight-reading and reading skills as well as their motivation. Because of this, I like to subscribe to different digital sheet music subscription services. This last summer, I joined the Practice Habits community. Chris Owenby is the composer/arranger of all the music you can find inside Practice Habits. You can read more about him here. What makes Practice Habits a little different from some of the other music subscriptions is that Chris includes more than sheet music. Of course, it […]

Review: Piano Program Music Theory Courses

Have you ever been excited about something where it ends up taking over your dreams? This happens to me all the time, but I didn’t expect it to happen with this… Dr. Kathy Rabago from PianoProgram.com has created Music Theory Courses for students. These courses are the very definition of flipped learning and something that I have been wanting to find for a while. Students learn the music theory concepts at home or during their music lab time, reinforce the concepts through worksheets (provided), and return to their lessons with an increased knowledge of music theory. Currently, there are 6 levels […]

Piano Teacher Academy

I am excited to introduce you to Piano Teacher Academy. Elizabeth Gutierrez, whom you may know from her published compositions or clinicians with Faber started holding piano camps for teachers in 2009. In recent years she started putting these workshops and resources online so more teachers can take advantage thus Piano Teacher Academy was born. Recently I had the pleasure to be a guest on Elizabeth’s Best Ideas Webinar where she shares tips and tricks for teachers. She has some new ideas in store for next year so stay tuned. I also had the chance to meet Elizabeth in person at […]

Review: Jingle Those Bells

Once a year about mid to late October I give my students Christmas books so they can start learning their Christmas music for our annual Christmas camp and/or music at the mall performance. While I like to give suggestions to what I think they would enjoy (or what I would really LOVE for them to play) I always have them make the final decision on what they would like to perform. It is inevitable that I will have a handful of students that want to play… can you guess it? Yep! Jingle Bells! But what if… you had a book that […]

Review: Interactive Piano Method

Every once in a while there is a method that stands out a little different from the rest. These are the methods that I tend to gravitate towards. I first like to figure out why a particular method is different and how it would benefit my students or maybe just a particular student. Many times when I begin a new method it is with a particular student in mind that I think can benefit from it. Then after I am able to experience it, the possibilities with other students open up. Carol Matz has published a new method called the […]

Review: Carnival of the Animals Music Camp

  After a disastrous concert tour in Germany, Saint-Saens withdrew to a small Austrian village and composed what would eventually become one of his best-known works, The Carnival of the Animals. I love teaching the music from Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals to students. Students love this humorous musical suite because it is fun and relatable. Natalie Wickham of Music Matters Blog (a blog that not only I enjoy but inspired me to start blogging years ago), created a Carnival of the Animals Music Camp. I am excited to share with you more about it. Carnival of the Animals is a […]

From Preschoolers to Adults

  Have you ever had a student hide under the grand piano playing a little hide and seek the second you turned your back? How about a really wiggly student who just couldn’t sit still? Or maybe an adult student who’s lesson time was over and realizing after sharing about their life’s challenges they hadn’t touched the piano at all? These are just some of the things that I have experienced with students over the years. Did you know that all these scenarios are typical of certain age characteristics? When it comes to teaching, understanding the different age groups is […]