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 […]

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 […]

Camp Lesson Plan Made Easy

I kicked off my summer camp workshops last week! I wanted to share how easy it is to create a lesson plan for a summer camp using the resources you might already own. For this post, I will be giving an example of an easy composer camp that can be created by Composer Time Capsules and the Composer Who Am I bundle and because my email subscriber freebie for May, June and July are Composer card sets, let’s throw those in as well as an “if time” activity. (If you missed subscribing to my email list before May 1st, no […]

Adding a Video Element to a Creative Story Composition

Recently I added a video element to the Creative Story Compositions, FaLaLaLaLa and Fall Fun. I will be adding this element to all the creative story compositions later this month. Last week at Christmas camp I was able to try the new video element with my students and they turned out so cute! I had 4 different groups. I explained to each group that we would be creating a Christmas story, round robin style. I then took each page from FaLaLaLaLa, cut the top half so just the picture scene was showing, numbered them on the back and laminated them.  […]

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 […]

Christmas Camp Lesson Plans Added!

Have any fun plans in store for the holiday season? I have been doing Christmas camp for almost 20 years now and will never go back to the traditional lesson format during this time because it has been such a win in my studio. Matter of fact, just the other day while I was explaining Christmas camp to a new student, she piped up and said, “Christmas camp is why I’m taking piano lessons!” I was taken back for a minute and said, really? She said, yes it was after my brother talking about how much fun it was that […]

Games, Games and MORE Games!

Games. Why do we love to play games? Whether it is a board game, a physical game, a video game, played in a group, or by yourself, games just make things more fun! But does it go beyond that? Are there actual benefits to playing games? Of course, there are! GAME BENEFITS Educational– Let’s face it, playing games makes learning more fun! Take any subject and turn it into a game and you have instant reinforcement of what they are learning. Many times lightbulb moments come on during these times! Retention– A well known Chinese proverb says, “Tell Me and I […]

Free Music Games and Activity Ideas for Christmas

I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas games and activities I have done with my students over the years. Most do not require any printing! If you are new to the idea of running a Christmas camp or group lesson, I highly recommend it! You can read why and how I do Christmas camps in this post, Christmas Camps: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Composition/Improvisation I love to do composition activities with my students. One of my favorite ideas is to take a Christmas story and create sound stories out of them. You can do […]

Be Our Guest: Using STEM Based Projects in the Independent Music Studio

Disclaimer: The affiliate link included in this post does not affect your purchase price or the creators royalties in any way.  Thank you for your support and happy teaching!   It’s been awhile since I have had a guest post on the blog and I’m excited to introduce our newest guest! Emily Quiles has been gaining rapid recognition in her area for being a unique piano teacher with fun ideas and programs! Recently Emily shared her experience with a Science of Music camp she held with her students. It’s been years since I’ve done this type of camp with mine so I was […]

Feature Friday: Composer Time Capsules

One of my favorite group lesson activities was one I did over 10 years ago, composer time capsules. Time capsules are a fun way to not only learn about someone but they are a great way to remember interesting facts and stories. A couple years ago I started to make my composer time capsules available for teachers to use. Each time capsule comes with 16 facts about a composer and picture cards representing those facts. The best way to see what these time capsules are all about is to watch me introduce them in this video. (The video is older so it […]