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 […]

Review: Piano Masterminds

I wanted to give a shout out to Rachel Bradley. She created a piano warm-up book, called Piano Masterminds: Warm-ups for a Growth Mindset. As you know this year, my studio is doing a super-hero themed program, A.N.T.H.E.M. When I created A.N.T.H.E.M. I wanted to create it with a growth mindset in mind. A super-hero themed program had been on my to-do list for years and I knew these two things would work well together. So when Rachel contacted me to let me know about her Piano Masterminds book and how it is not only a piano warm-up book, but it […]

Top 3 Reasons to Join MTNA

I think sometimes it’s easy to forget when there is so much support online nowadays with social media that being a member of a professional group still has many benefits. I have been a member of MTNA since 2000 (easy date to remember) and wanted to share my top 3 reasons why I recommend joining or renewing your membership.   Local Support When I joined MTNA, I lived in a smaller city, Tooele, Utah. At the time, I had no idea how many other piano teachers were in my city and I had no idea of the friends I would end […]

Review: Metronome+ App

  Joe, with Dynamic App Design, recently contacted me to let me know that the Metronome+ app recently undergone a complete redesign. If you own this app, be sure to update if you haven’t already. I received a promo code to unlock all the features for review purposes. If you are not familiar with this app, I share an inside look at Metronome+ in the video below.     Metronome+ is free to download with the following in-app purchase options. (Unlock everything is going to give you the best value) Unlock Everything$3.99 Enable Option Menu$1.99 Record Mode$1.99 Pitch Mode$1.99 Setlist Mode$1.99 Practice […]

Fall Kickoff 2018

This last week was our fall kickoff! I always look forward to the fall kickoff. I have been doing this for years and found that not only is it a great way to get excited about the new school year but it has also been a perfect way to ease back into a routine without the overwhelm. This is the time where I introduce our new theme, we share what they have done over the summer, do some kind of activity and/or game. Students come on their normal scheduled lesson day, but all the same hour. If they can’t make […]

Follow Aria’s Musical Adventures on Instagram

The results are in and it looks like Aria will be keeping her name! She has her new superhero mask and she is ready to go! Thank you to those who submitted an idea. I decided to send a “SUPERize” to all of you who did. So check your email and I hope you enjoy! I will be sharing Aria’s musical adventures throughout the year on Instagram so feel free to follow along by following MusicEducatorResources on Instagram. You can also follow the hashtag #ariasmusicaladventures as well. I just finished all my fall kickoff sessions this week so I will […]