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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Music Lab Release Party

  Today we kick off the release of the new online course, Music Lab – Setting Up For Success! I’m thrilled to have this available to teachers. The journey for this course began almost 6 months ago when I wanted to create an in-depth course to help teachers in their music lab. I didn’t want to leave anything out so I asked you what questions and frustrations you had and any advice you needed from me. Thus, Music Lab – Setting Up for Success was born. I would encourage you to find out more about the course inside the course […]

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 […]

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 […]

December Music Lab Task Card Update

If you own any of the music lab task cards, the December updates are finished and have been uploaded! The following updates have been made: Went through and separated the “retired” apps in its own file Brand new layout Added a new “general” student reflection card you can use with any subject (editable) 1 READ and WATCH file- page 2 printing instructions are important for the new layout. Watch file is a video of me going through the changes. (I also linked to this video on our Facebook page). Please take the time to watch the video first so you know […]