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 […]

Practice Webinars For Teachers

There are two webinars in July that you will want to check out. Practicing is a subject we can never learn enough about so I wanted to let you know about them. The first one is just around the corner on Monday, July 9th. Chris Owenby with PracticeHabits asked me to join him online and present to you about Motivational Practice Tips and Resources. It is free to register so I’d love to see you there! If you can’t make it live, a replay link will be available for a few days. Register by clicking on the picture below.   […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! Solving a Problem

Anna Fagan shares her experience with music lab and how it all began for her in this review below. I love her story and maybe yours is similar? Whether or not you have been running a music lab for years or just getting started, music lab was born to solve a problem. To help our students learn. In 1991, I had been out of college for 10 years, teaching part-time (about 10-12 students per week), and I was sick of spending lesson time to check written Music Theory work that had probably been completed in the back seat of a […]

A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book

Elizabeth Gutierrez from Piano Teacher Academy has launched a new course, A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales – All Without a Book.  If you enrolled in the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers online course bundle from last summer you already have this course, so no need to enroll. If you didn’t, it is now available as a stand-alone course! COURSE DESCRIPTION: Why wait until students can read a scale book and understand key signatures before starting scales? You can start students easily with scales once they know steps and skips at the keyboard. Elizabeth shares a tried-and-true method […]

Have You Taken the Free Music Lab Course Yet?

Did you know that Music Educator Resources has online courses you can take? Yep! I enjoy doing online courses because I love to help teachers improve their teaching, learn, grow and stretch. One of the courses that I have shared is The Basics of Starting a Music Lab, which is a free course if a music lab is something you have thought about starting in your studio. This course is nice and short so just set aside a little time (less than a 30-minute lesson) and get started. After you take the basic course, if you are interested in learning more […]

Review: Piano Program Music Theory Courses

Have you ever been excited about something where it ends up taking over your dreams? This happens to me all the time, but I didn’t expect it to happen with this… Dr. Kathy Rabago from PianoProgram.com has created Music Theory Courses for students. These courses are the very definition of flipped learning and something that I have been wanting to find for a while. Students learn the music theory concepts at home or during their music lab time, reinforce the concepts through worksheets (provided), and return to their lessons with an increased knowledge of music theory. Currently, there are 6 levels […]

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 […]

FREE Masterclass!

Christopher Sutton over at Musical-U.com invited me awhile back to do a masterclass for Musical U. After brainstorming a few ideas and subjects, I decided to present on mindful practicing. Many of the subscribers over at Musical-U are students learning an instrument from a teacher or through self-study. In addition to students, there are some teachers like you, that want to improve their musical skills. This is why I thought the subject of mindful practicing would be perfect as it is a relevant topic to all. I wanted to take a moment to share what Musical U is all about. […]

From Preschoolers to Adults

  Have you ever had a student hide under the grand piano playing a little hide and seek the second you turned your back? How about a really wiggly student who just couldn’t sit still? Or maybe an adult student who’s lesson time was over and realizing after sharing about their life’s challenges they hadn’t touched the piano at all? These are just some of the things that I have experienced with students over the years. Did you know that all these scenarios are typical of certain age characteristics? When it comes to teaching, understanding the different age groups is […]