Summer Strategies: Warming up to Piano Practice

Any studio that chooses to teach through the summer understands that it will present its own unique challenges. Schedules change, motivation can wane, and those who are not as self-motivated in personality tend to struggle through practice during the months off of a school routine. With this in mind, there are two ways to gear …

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Can Santa Deliver Gifts AND Good Practice Habits?

Christmas music is in full swing, and the excitement is tangible around my studio 🙂 Now that it's December, we've had a few snowflakes, and there are sparkling Christmas lights hung everywhere, I have joined my student’s excitement in hearing the carols coming out of my studio (key word being December, not November). But sometimes …

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Spot It!: Nutcracker Edition

Tis the season where we often feel frantic. Holidays, events, performances, family ... and suddenly I feel tired just sitting here! Studio life can feel just as frantic - especially if your students will be performing. But providing fun and engaging holiday-related activities will add the push you and your students need to get to …

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What’s November really about?

It's November! And around my studio, that means the Christmas music makes its first appearance. Everyone has their own philosophy on when Christmas music should begin. Because I'm a musician and I understand the idea of practice, I dutifully hand it out after Halloween. But my piano teacher ears can't handle Jingle Bells much before …

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Resource Roundup: October 2021

If your schedule is anything like mine has been lately, you want to walk into October with your teaching materials as planned as possible 🙂 Your students will be thrilled at the prospect of anything Halloween related showing up in their lessons, but it doesn't have to be complicated! Below you'll find my favorites for …

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Practice With A Purpose: Inspire Your Students to Use Their Music for Good In the Coming Months

What else do students gain from lessons besides the skill of playing an instrument? The list is LONG. We could talk about perseverance, longer focus and attention span, problem solving abilities, a healthy one-on-one relationship with an adult other than mom or dad, fine motor skills, and the list goes on. Music has the unique …

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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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