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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tech Tuesday: Learn to Teach Music Lessons Via Skype

Do you teach lessons online? Ever wanted to try but been a little nervous about getting started? Skype lessons is one of my favorite win-win solutions when students need to miss their lesson. But it is also a great tool for teaching weekly lessons. Ever have a student move and they really wish they could stay with you? Maybe they can via Skype? Ever wish you could teach more during the day time hours when all your other students are at school? How about teaching via Skype? Dr. Melody Payne has a terrific training webinar for music teachers who are […]