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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest Review: Music Lab- Setting Up For Success! A Course Overview

I am happy to announce that the brand new course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success has been released! If you have a music lab that you are wanting to improve or interested in beginning a music lab or doing any kind of lesson rotation, this course is for you. Lizbeth Atkinson shares her unbiased review below. If you have any questions for either of us, feel free to leave it in the comments.   The “Music Lab, Setting Up for Success!” course is one you will want to purchase now if you are interested in starting a lab or […]

Review: Little Gems for Piano Primer Level

About a year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to review Paula Dreyer’s Volume 1 and 2 of Little Gems for Piano. If you missed that review, you can read it here. This time, I am excited to let you know about the primer level in the Little Gems for Piano series. The primer level is perfect for your beginner students. Students learn the pieces by rote. Each book includes access to audio downloads and video tutorials. When students are home, they can listen to the audio files or study the pieces through the online video tutorials. In the […]

Review: Sarah and The Magic Piano

Summertime, when I was a child, meant lots of trips to the library and many, many books to read.  Anytime that I can combine a story element to creating music, my interest is peaked. Combining those two elements together is something that I love to do with my students with their compositions, so when I found out about Sarah and the Magic Piano, you can bet I was interested in what it was all about. In the story, Sarah discovers a magic piano in her grandmother’s basement which transports her through time and space. Sarah and the Magic Piano is the […]

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 […]

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 […]