Monthly Archives: July 2010

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Roland V-Piano

Check out this series of 4 videos about Roland’s V-Piano.  They claim: “This is the future of the piano.”  Thoughts? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUh21Eje56g&feature=related

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Music Theory at our Piano Mini-Camp (3/3)

In continuation of a description of the music theory activities at our Piano Mini-Camp a few weeks ago, here are more details concerning the activities we used: Rhythm Dictation Game This rhythm dictation game by Natalie was a real hit with the students!  I printed off two sets of cards and put the students into […]

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Music Theory at our Piano Mini-Camp (2/3)

In continuation of the series about music theory at our piano mini-camp, here are the descriptions of a few more of the activities we did: Music Adventures Board Game In my music theory classes, one of my goals was to cover as many areas within the broad scope of “music theory” as I could.  The […]

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Music Theory at our Piano Mini-Camp (1/3)

As promised, here’s more about the Music Theory classes at our Piano Mini-Camp a few weeks ago.  I didn’t create formal lesson plans per-se, but the next three posts will serve as a general outline of the activities we did over each of the three camp days. Gem Notes on the Keyboard & Staff Using […]

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Just Added: Piano Lessons Flyer Template

Advertise for new piano students by filling in this free Piano Lessons Flyer Template! Just edit and print in Microsoft Word (.doc) and you’ll be ready to post your flyers all over town.

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Opening Piano Mini-Camp Activities

Each day at our piano mini-camp, we opened the day with an opening activity that involved all 11 of the campers together before sending them off in their individual groups to their first class. On the first day, the opening activity was to create name tags to wear.  My colleague found foam sheets that she […]

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The July Forum: Discussing Method Books

This month’s discussion topic is about using method books (i.e., Alfred, Faber, Bastien, etc.) in the piano studio: What do you look for in a method book?  What features are most important to you?  Do you use the same method series for all your students, or do you use a variety?  If you use a […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Summer Piano Mini-Camp

Last week, a colleague of mine and I held a summer piano mini-camp with the help of our piano professor.  Here’s what we did: We planned to hold the camp on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30 – 2:30pm. Application forms were sent to all the piano teachers who are members of our local chapter […]

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Improvisation Yields Creativity and Musical Understanding

The benefits of including improvisation activities in piano lessons. The freedom to explore and be creative. Discovering musical concepts on your own. Developing your musical ear. Playing by ear. Composing an original composition.

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Piano as a way to build community

Check out this fascinating news story: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6LeEKX1mLE It’s great to see the great potential music (especially the piano) has to connect members of a community in a unique way!  This story really got me thinking: what are some ways we as teachers of music can use our skills to connect and benefit the community?  We […]

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