The Rubik’s Cube and Your Teaching Schedule This Fall

As I was looking ahead to my teaching schedule this fall (think a Rubik’s cube, a headache, and lots of emails), I noticed an opportunity to cut an evening out of my schedule. Everyone certainly has their preferences when it comes to their teaching schedule. I, for one, am not a huge fan of teaching …

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Your Littlest Piano Ninjas

My youngest student is currently 3 years old, and right now we are focusing on counting, finger independence, and music appreciation. I also have 4 and 5 year old students working right alongside the rest of my students (I really do teach age 3-93 😉 ). And although some teachers refuse to teach little ones …

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Kinesthetic Learning Meets Ear Training

Kinesthetic learning meets ear training in today’s free printable! I recently saw an old picture my mom had taken of me from high school. In it I was reading a book. But I wasn’t sitting on a chair, in the grass, or on my bed. I was walking around my house in circles while I …

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When music meets real life … July’s Roundup

If you've been around the blog recently, you've likely noticed that I have committed to taking hold of as many touchpoints with my students and their families as is possible - and as makes sense. Too much communication, and everyone gets frazzled and annoyed. Too little, and the same is likely to happen. So I …

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Ninja Note Flashcards

This past weekend turned out with beautiful weather for the Fourth of July here in Ohio, and I took every opportunity to enjoy it! A weekend of biking, hiking, kayaking, and swimming later, I woke up today sore and feeling worn out. Thankfully in that I-really-enjoyed-it-all kind of way, but nevertheless worn. My neighbors probably …

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Free Piano Ninja Game to Kick Off the Summer

Are you using the Piano Ninja Challenge with your students this summer? The only thing better than the challenge itself is having lots of fun extras to keep the theme going 🙂 We'll be keeping our ninja theme going all summer, but today I'm sharing a fun and engaging kinesthetic game along with a banner …

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Will your studio be crawling with piano ninjas this summer?

What will teaching look like for you this summer? It may be unusual, but my studio does not follow the school calendar. In part because I teach students from several different school districts, and it would be near impossible. But even more than that, it is my desire that my studio families view piano lessons …

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How do you know if your studio is healthy?

What determines the health of a piano studio? Is it based on how the students perform at federation, competitions, or recitals? Is it based on the length of your waiting list? Or the number of students who continue music in higher education? Maybe you feel that the health of your studio is based on how …

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