Gail Fischler with PianoAddict.com had approached me a while back to see if I would like to “blab” with her sharing some teacher resources with everyone. I thought it would be fun so yesterday we did our first blab. Now if you have never heard of blab before, it is a free online tool (desktop or iOS app) where you can have a live video conversation with up to 4 people in the chat room. Those who aren’t “in” the video chat can still participate by leaving comments similar to periscope or Facebook live. (Speaking of which, did you see Just Ask […]
Google Drive has been my go to “tech tool” lately. It is the season of registrations and I have been having a lot of fun creating registration documents on google forms. I’ve had my google drive account for years and have occasionally used it here and there but for some reason it wasn’t until this last year or so that I have really gone gang busters with it. This past year I have used it for (See screenshot examples. Examples are just a small portion of the form that would be filled out. Click on screenshot examples to enlarge) Summer Camp Registration […]
Last June (has it been almost a year already?!) I reviewed an app called NinGenius. Since then NinGenius has been a favorite in the studio. If you haven’t heard of NinGenius, you will want to check out my original review here. If you plan on using it with your students I would recommend getting either the studio edition or the school edition. They both will keep track of students scores and progress. The school edition however will cover more than one instrument. So if you teach more than one instrument in your studio, I would go with the school edition. […]
While I would like to think that my students will do just as they are told and follow all the iPad Rules, there are extra precautions teachers can take to make sure students stay on task when they are using the iPad at lessons. Some of them you may be aware of, some might just make your day! Passcode I have a couple iPads (okay 3…). One is for my use only and the other 2 are available for students. For my personal iPad I don’t want my students going into it without permission. So I have set up an […]
Great news iOS lovers! The Most Addicting Sheep Game is BACK!!! This morning I woke up to a message in my inbox from Justin Southey, developer of the Most Addicting Sheep Game that the game was back. Justin was able to re-code the game which will make it easier for him to keep up with future support and updates. Keeping up is not cheap which is why the game took a backslide. But now with the new re-code it will make life a lot easier and that makes music teachers and students around the world VERY happy! Justin, a […]
Coming soon to a computer near you… With a brand new line up, MusicEdConnect.com, an online conference is coming soon! This year the conference will start out with keynote speaker, Pete Jutras, presenting “The Road Ahead.” He will be speaking on the future of teaching piano and what is the best way to teach this next generation effectively. Brand new this year, there will be a “Tech Tuesday” which will include many “how to” sessions like How to Broadcast Your Recital Over the Internet, extend your screen as well as how to use iMovie and GarageBand. The first half of the […]
Did you know that today is National Hot Cocoa Day? I LOVE hot cocoa! My favorite is Stephen’s hot cocoa as it comes in all sorts of fun flavors. But when I don’t have flavored hot cocoa my favorite thing to do is add flavored creamer. Oh and don’t forget the whipped cream on top! That is a must! Besides celebrating hot cocoa day by drinking some hot chocolate, I have joined in with some other music teachers offering some “hot” deals on some music products to help make your teaching a little easier and more relaxing next week. Just search for #hotcocoamusic […]
Starting this Thursday, 12 noon EDT, each (non-holiday) week, Nathan Smith will be holding a more “casual” webinar where teachers can ask questions about Wolfie and discuss ideas with one another. It’s a great way for teachers who are new to Wolfie or never heard of it to ask questions, listen to others, and such. And for those who are familiar, can help answer questions, give advice, tips what has worked in their studio and more. To register click here. And to stay up to date on future webinars and such, like their Facebook page here.
Nathan Smith with Wolfie Piano is holding a free webinar, “How Wolfie Can Help Students Prepare for a Recital or Other Performane.” The webinar will be held this Thursday, November 12th 12pm EDT. If you can’t attend live, you will want to register anyway so you are notified of the replay. Click here to register. Not familiar with Wolfie Piano? Wolfie Piano a piano practice aid for students. Developed by the Tonora team, it is available in the app store. You can find my full review of Wolfie Piano here.
Many of you know about MakingMusicFun.net which is a great resource of musical goodies for both students and teachers. I recently had the opportunity to write an article for Andy Fling in his newsletter. So if you subscribe, you might have received it yesterday in your inbox. If you missed it, you may also be interested in a new website he has called, The Piano Student. The Piano Student Blog is a free music directory that will continue to grow as time passes. The link to my article, Sparking Creativity with Your Piano Students is also available to read there. Andy […]