Holding an Online Workshop with Your Students

Last week my students and I had a chance to connect online with Jason Lyle Black. From Nashville, TN, Jason is a performer, composer, speaker, and entertainer who is also nicknamed the “Backwards Piano Man”.  You might be familiar with Jason from this YouTube video he made back in 2015… Jason gives a nice mix of music, comedy and personal touch in his concerts. I was able to see Jason in concert when he came to Arizona last December and had been following him ever since. When I saw he was doing a Kickstarter for his new Disney album late […]

Review: Music Themed Favor Boxes

You are going to love this review today! Rachael with Momentous Boutique contacted me last month and asked if I would take a look at her music-themed favor boxes.  They arrived in the mail this week and I am excited to show them to you. Here are a few samples I received… Rachael asked me to send her a logo from my business, so I sent her my piano studio logo. I was excited when I opened up the package to see what she had done with it. This is a great example of how she can customize any favor box […]

Technology 2.0

Upbeat Piano Teachers launched their Technology 2.0 course today. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Sara Campbell and Tracy Selle and talk about running a music lab. One of my favorite things to talk about! Inside you will not only hear technology tips from me about music labs but you will hear from… SUSAN HONG: Technology in Group Lessons JOEY LIEBER: Using Technology with Purpose JULIE DUDA: Expanding Technology in Your Studio THOMAS GRAYSTON: Choosing the Right Apps EMILY QUILES: Increasing Practice with Technology SARA & TRACY: How to Pick a Scheduling System SARA & TRACY: Introducing […]

Training with Marvin Blickenstaff

Piano Teacher Academy is offering individual courses taught by Marvin Blickenstaff. What a better way to train with a highly respected pedagogue right in the comfort of your very own home. All the training courses are on sale through December 2nd (midnight central) so don’t wait too long! Warm-Ups? Who Me? Technical Routines for All Ages  Marvin provides you with a video session you may access on-demand at this website, complete with a downloadable PDF handout for note-taking. In “Warm-Ups? Who, Me? Technical Routines for All Ages”….. Marvin takes you on a deep dive into what constitutes a “warm-up” and how […]

Cyber Sale plus Gift Card Giveaway!

If you survived Black Friday, then you might be ready for Cyber Monday! Let’s face it, they all mesh together these days. Black Friday doesn’t even start on Friday anymore! But nonetheless, I am having a big Cyber sale starting Monday and it will go until Tuesday! SAVE UP TO 25% OFF! Everything in my store will be discounted 20% off (the final price you will see before checkout is the discounted price), then if you use the promo code: CYBER18, TpT will take an additional 5% off your total, saving you a grand total of 25%. SUPER SAVINGS ON […]

Mission Santa

Jack Frost has not been kind this winter. Santa has been frozen and is stuck at the North Pole… LITERALLY! He must be rescued in time for Christmas! Luckily the Superhero Apprentices have been training and are ready to help! Each challenge will test their abilities and bring them closer to rescuing Santa! With no time to waste… Mission Santa!   In Mission Santa, Each mission activity will bring students closer to rescue Santa. The activities go along with the superpowers students are training for in the A.N.T.H.E.M. program if you are using that program. However, you do not need […]

Mastermind Lesson

About 6 months ago, I was trying to think of a way I can add more time to use games in my studio. I hold group lessons and camps throughout the year and occasionally we will have some time in a lesson, but I have so many games that I have not even touched yet! I knew how beneficial games can be. They can create lightbulb moments, they help assess understanding, they are tactile, they teach life skills and learning experiences and so much more. At the same time, I also wanted to create an environment where students can listen […]

Strive for 5!

We are about 8 weeks into the school year now and while students are getting settled into their routine, sports have been starting to take over in their mindset. As we know there are ups and downs in how busy students are. Sometimes it feels like some of them are constantly going with no breaks at all during the year and then some you simply just ride the wave as their practice routines have highs and lows. I thought it was time for a little practice motivation boost, so this week I gave the challenge for students to strive for […]

Heading to UMTA!

Utah teachers! I’m heading your way in November! Yippee! I am really excited to be a guest clinician for the upcoming UMTA conference, November 2-3rd at the beautiful, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. The theme for the conference is, “Our World of Music” I will be presenting 4 sessions at the conference: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram… Oh My! Create an Invitation to Learn! Promoting Understanding and Engagement Getting Over the Fear of Teaching Online; Creating Win-Win’s for Your Studio Inspire and Motivate Your Students in Group Lessons   I lived in West Jordan for a year while building our house […]

Review: Note Quest iOS App

Note Quest is one of the newer note reading apps in the Apple app store. It was founded in 2016 by Grace Lee, a piano teacher herself, who I had the opportunity to meet in person at the last MTNA conference this last March. She decided to create an app that fit the needs of her students but that other teachers and students can enjoy as well. Her goal was to “create a fun tool that’s simple and affordable while helping as many students as possible become more confident piano players.” I wanted to share a video going through Note Quest […]