Monthly Archives: March 2010

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Group Piano Class Ideas

I recently came across this great video/podcast on Mario Ajero’s YouTube channel: an interview with pianist and piano pedagogue Dr. Julie Knerr.  Both Maria Ajero and Julie Knerr are graduates from University of Oklahoma’s widely recognized piano pedagogy program.  In this video, Dr. Knerr shares some of her game ideas for her group piano classes […]

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Just Added: Write In The Barlines Worksheet #1

That’s right, a new free printable worksheet has just been added to the Printables > Worksheets page: Write In the Barlines #1 This worksheet is an one I created a few years ago, and I thought I’d share it here for any of you to use!  My students LOVE taking home “extra credit” worksheets (outside […]

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2010 MTNA Conference

If you were unable to attend this years MTNA conference in Albuquerque (like me), be sure to visit Natalie’s Music Matters Blog and check out the awesome summaries she wrote about the sessions/events she attended!  After reading them, I really wish I could have gone! Check out the index to the session summaries in this […]

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Babies and Music

Check out this interesting news article, reporting about a research study done on babies and their response to rhythm versus speech.  Here’s the summary from another site reporting on the same research: Human infants are born to dance, researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Psychologists from the United Kingdom […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog…in the form of a musical quote or joke, intended to bring inspiration or humor to the middle of your week.   Have suggestions?  Send […]

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Best Piano Jokes

I’ve just compiled list of kid-friendly piano jokes…read on below to check them out! This compilation of piano jokes is also available as a pdf to give out to your students/parents, available on the Printables > Other Resources page. * * * Student to Teacher: “I can’t reach the brakes on this piano!” Why is […]

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Just Added: Hands & Fingers at the Piano Worksheet

Just added: a new free worksheet, available on the Printables > Worksheets page: Hands & Fingers at the Piano This worksheet is suitable for use with new young beginners, either in the private lesson setting or in the classroom piano setting.  (I would not recommend using this worksheet with older students, because there is only […]

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Early Childhood Music Online Resources

I’ve been digging around online lately, looking for early childhood music resources.  (Yes, I’m sorry – I’m still on this kick!) Look what I found!  TONS of great links: Songs / Sheet Music MakingMusicFun.com – free printable sheet music with lyrics of all kinds of children’s songs Kididdles.com – free printable sheet music, lyrics, with corresponding […]

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Teaching 2-Against-3 Using Movement

In answer to a question a received last week, I thought I’d talk a little bit more about teaching 2 against 3, as I had mentioned in a post about teaching music through movement. To tell you the truth, I have not needed to teach 2 against 3 very often so far, and when I […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Just Added: Sharps and Flats Worksheet

Just added to the Printables > Worksheets page: Sharps and Flats Worksheet In this free worksheet, students will practice… drawing sharps and flats in front of notes on the staff. identifying sharped and flatted notes on the staff. locate sharped and flatted notes on the keyboard. This simple worksheet is a great way to check […]

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