12 DAYS OF INSPIRATION DAY 3: Three Simple Ways to Reduce Stress this Year

I am collaborating with some other piano ed bloggers for a 12-day inspiration blogging journey. Today is Day 3! (Scroll to the end of the post to see the others you may have missed) One thing that I have noticed more and more among teachers regardless of what they teach is how burned out everyone is. And really it’s not just teachers, it’s my friends, family, neighbors, everyone is just plain ol’ burned out. Burnout is real. One big culprit of burnout is stress. So I wanted to share today 3 ways to reduce stress this year. These simple things […]

December Music Lab Task Card Update

If you own any of the music lab task cards, the December updates are finished and have been uploaded! The following updates have been made: Went through and separated the “retired” apps in its own file Brand new layout Added a new “general” student reflection card you can use with any subject (editable) 1 READ and WATCH file- page 2 printing instructions are important for the new layout. Watch file is a video of me going through the changes. (I also linked to this video on our Facebook page). Please take the time to watch the video first so you know […]

Students Quitting Before the Holidays?

Several years ago I noticed a trend when students typically quit lessons. The first was usually in November right before the Christmas holidays and the second was in April right before our big spring recital celebration. It would drive me nuts because I felt that they were missing out on the BIG stuff where we celebrate the end of the semester. I realized that both of these trends probably stemmed from the fact that parents simply wanted to save money and/or time before 1) Christmas and 2) Summer. It wasn’t necessarily because the student wanted to quit. So where there […]

DIY- Sheet Music Heart Ornament

Last week was our first week of Christmas camp (for more on how I do Christmas camps, read Christmas Camp: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year). I like to have some kind of craft during our time together and ornaments make the perfect craft for this time of year. Students had two choices of the ornament they could make. I wanted to share a video of how we made the music heart ornament because I LOVE how it turned out! You will need: Strips of sheet music (I like to cut these in advance) Stapler Ribbon or string so […]

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 […]

Harvest Deals

If you haven’t been on Facebook the last few days, then you are probably missing out on the freebies and 50% off deals that have been going on and will be continuing! Each day, the TpT Music Crew, of which I am a part of have been sharing a free resource (or 2) plus 50% deals which are unheard of! Today is my day to share! Be sure to take advantage below and then go over and check out all the deals going on every day through Nov. 16th! http://bit.ly/MusicCrewHarvest 50% off today only! I recently added a video component to this resource, […]

Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away? PART 2

This is a “part 2” to the original post, Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away? This last week I have been contacting app publishers/developers like crazy hoping to find out if they have any plans on updating their 32-bit app to 64-bit so it will work on iOS11. I thought I would share who I have heard from and what I have found out. Keep in mind, I have not heard back from everyone by my deadline, so I will come back to this post and update it as I receive more responses.   Audio Ninja- Sad news about Audio […]

Are Your Favorite Apps Going Away?

This week I’ve been in mourning because I have over 200 apps on my iPad that will no longer work when I update to iOS 11.  That is crazy!!! I thought I would share the list of my personal music apps that won’t work on iOS 11. I would say that I probably use about 1/3 to 1/2 of these apps (yes I’m an app-a-holic) but boy some of them are painful to see! All of these apps listed are currently (as of the writing of this post) 32-bit apps. iOS 11 requires the app to be 64 bit in […]

Feature Friday: A Pirates Life!

September 19th be talk like a pirate day! Needs an activity t’ help celebrate? Today’s Feature Friday be A Pirates Life, a creative composition story activity. Creative Story Compositions combines tale makin’ ‘n shanties composition into one. Students ‘ave several different options in how they wants t’ use these composition starters. They can create sound tales, simply improvise or they can notate. See a creative story composition example in this video below. (Video example is showing samples from the Carnival Circus and Quest creative story composition)   Online Pirate Translator Speak Pirate Talk Like A Pirate You may also like these […]

TpT Gift Card Winner!

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey! I really appreciate it! It helps me help YOU even better! Also, thank you to those of you who left sweet comments at the end of the survey. You have no idea how much those mean to me. 🙂 Congratulations to the winner of the TpT gift card. (Check your email inbox (or junk folder) for an email from me. Enjoy! Monthly Newsletter If you do not receive my monthly newsletter and emails and would like to stay in touch, you can sign up here. You will receive a monthly freebie […]