TpT Sale PLUS Win a TpT Gift Card!

Today kicks off the TpT site-wide sale! My store is 25% off when you use the code: XOXO. This is a great time to start your wish list and save big!   The Music Crew, of which I am a part of collaborated so we can do a HUGE TeachersPayTeachers gift card giveaway. It is happening now and ends midnight tomorrow, Feb. 14th. Good luck! Curious what some of the most popular wish-listed resources in my store are? I added links to them below if you are interested in checking them out too!   Be sure to like Music Educator […]

Let the Savings Begin!

This week the world will have their eyes focused on elite athletes receiving their medals, but why let them have all the fun? The Music Crew is excited to offer a Music Medals event – saving you money on great lesson ideas so you can spend your time watching your favorite events on TV! Thursday, February 8 – Sunday, February 11 you will find a huge selection of savings from members of The Music Crew! Search #2018MusicGold on TpT to find items marked down 50%, #2018MusicSilver to find items marked down 30%, and #2018MusicBronze to find items marked down 20%. […]

The Beauty of Stretching Moments

I am an introvert by nature. And because of that, I have had many of what I like to call, “stretching moments” in my life. I remember one of those stretching moments very clearly when I was growing up. When I was a teenager my Mom was the choir director at church. She decided to give me the job to call all the choir members to remind them about choir practice each week. I couldn’t tell you how awful that was for me at the time. I literally thought I would die making these phone calls. To help me get […]

Review: Practice Habits

I am a huge fan of giving students a variety of music and lots of it! I believe it helps with their sight-reading and reading skills as well as their motivation. Because of this, I like to subscribe to different digital sheet music subscription services. This last summer, I joined the Practice Habits community. Chris Owenby is the composer/arranger of all the music you can find inside Practice Habits. You can read more about him here. What makes Practice Habits a little different from some of the other music subscriptions is that Chris includes more than sheet music. Of course, it […]

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, […]