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 […]

Tech Tuesday: Note Rush App

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed an app and I’m really excited to be sharing this review with you today. Note Rush is a note reading app that hears your instrument. With 3 themes to choose from (and more in the works!), it is super easy to use and fun! I wanted to do a video review for the first time. Be sure to watch to the end where you can see a student of mine playing the app and what happens after he tries all 3 themes. Note Rush App Review Note Rush is a motivating app that engages […]

Review: Little Gems for Piano

I have confession to make. I don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to teaching by rote. It used to be that teaching by rote was looked at as a negative thing. It was thought if you taught by rote the child would not learn how to read music. Fast forward to recent years, I have seen that attitude change quite a bit and have since learned that there are numerous benefits to rote teaching. You can have the best of both worlds. Just this last week when choosing some halloween music with my students I came across a […]

Review: The Non-Musician’s Guide to Parenting a Piano Player

Peter Walsh, Australian pianist and author, recently published a book, The Non-Musician’s Guide to Parenting a Piano Player. I received a copy for review and I have to say that I am so glad I got a physical copy because there are two things that immediately stood out to me before I even opened the cover. First- I loved the soft cover. It felt good in my hands and I haven’t come across many books with this particular texture. Second- I love that this book is small enough (7 -3/4″ x 5″) to fit in a purse or bag so parents can take […]

Review: Fireworks in the Night

I am excited to share a children’s book with you, written by Sherry Miller called Fireworks in the Night. Fireworks in the Night is the first book in a series introducing the music of George Frideric Handel.  Fireworks in the Night is an entertaining and captivating story where Randy Raccoon, the main character in the book and quite the story teller, visits the farm animals on “Rock a Note” farm. Together they go on an adventure in the woods discovering magic and music. The book is colorful and attractive, full of beautiful illustrations by JohnM. Tatulli. Kids regardless of reading ability […]

Groove Your Theory

Leila Viss and Bradley Sowash have done a lot of fun projects together over the years. Every summer they hold a special session for teachers at their 88 Creative Keys workshop in Denver, Colorado. And most recently they will be holding a 2-hour webinar coming on April 22nd called “Groove Your Theory“. (It will be available to view later if you can’t make it that day) Now if the title itself didn’t sound like fun, you can be confidant to know that when you put these two together you are in for some super fun and creative ideas. The idea for the webinar stems from Bradley’s regular use […]

Review: So You Want to Play the Piano?

Melanie Spanswick, teacher, composer, author and blogger recently revised and updated her book, “So You Want to Play the Piano.” I have had the opportunity to review the revised edition and I wanted to share more with you. The book is geared towards parents and/or students that may be new to the piano lesson experience. But it includes much more than I expected from a “parent or student guide”. For this reason, I would recommend that teachers even have a copy of it in their studio if you have an area for parents to sit while their child is having a […]