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 […]

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 […]

Top 3 Student Benefits for Music Lab

  A few weeks ago, I had a teacher contact me that was brand new in implementing a music lab for her studio. She was writing up a letter for parents explaining the new feature and wanted to include some benefits to get them excited. She was asking for my thoughts and I decided that it would be very beneficial especially those newer to music lab to share here as well! A little background first… I’ve been doing music lab in my studio for 20 years now. My music lab started out with using one piece of software, Music Ace. I’m […]

Music Lab Task Cards Q & A

I’m really happy with the feedback I’m getting from the Music Lab Task Cards. With excitement, comes questions so I thought I would go ahead and add a Q & A page for the Music Lab Task Cards as the questions are coming in… What is Music Lab? Music lab is an extension to a students lesson time but separate from the actual lesson. Independent time where students can work on theory, rhythm, ear training and so on through an app, computer, keyboard, etc… Some call it “tech time”, others call it “off the bench” time. Music lab is probably the’ […]

Group Lessons Goes Tech!

Back in 2011, I bought a projector. It was probably one of the best investments I made for my studio because I use it ALL the time in group lessons and camps. It has opened up a lot of possibilities of different activities I can do with my students. You can hook a projector up to your iPad or Tablet, laptop, computer… show a powerpoint, pdf, movie, website and more! (More on projectors later) Now if you have an Apple TV (which I do but it’s in a room I don’t always want my students to go to) a lot of […]

Teacher Appreciation Week!

  This week is teacher appreciation week! Teachers work so hard and I wanted to make sure I showed my appreciation to all of you! First with a fabulous freebie ($49 value)! Just click on the picture below to sign up! I actually published “The Basics of Starting a Music Lab” course a little early because I couldn’t help but make it available right away, but unless you just happened upon it or heard my little hint in “Just Ask Jennifer” or saw it in the newsletter a couple days ago, you might not have seen it yet. I’ve already received […]