Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween Activities

I don’t normally do much for Halloween, but I am doing a couple of little things this year with my students: Trick or Treat game: I found this game on D’Net’s Layton Music website.  Basically, students “earn” their Halloween treat by clapping rhythms!  When my students came to their lessons last week, we started with […]

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Just Added: Musical Alphabet Cards

There are others who have shared alphabet card printables similar to what I’m posting today, but I’m adding mine to the mix anyway.  :)  I wanted some that would work well to print onto colored cardstock paper.  Since I don’t have a color printer, this is an easy way I can still get colorful things […]

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Halloween Candy = Opportunity for Free Marketing

Thanks to the wonderfully helpful ideas that YOU all submitted in reply to the Forum Q&A last month about advertising, this year for Halloween I am passing out candy that has a note with my studio name and information on it! I created these tags in Microsoft Word and printed them onto cardstock paper.  I […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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One last OhioMTA Conference post…

I have one last conference-related photo to share that I nearly forgot about.  During the last day’s lunch period, they were giving out door prizes.  I won a beautiful set of Frederick Harris books! Each book retails at about $24 each, so I more than made my conference fee back.  It was a nice surprise […]

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Just Added: Musical Instruments Workbook

With my Piano Readiness Class, we’ve been learning about the instruments and the instrument families.  To do this, I decided to create a workbook for my students to be able to take notes about the instruments and color a picture of each one. Description: This 29-page workbook contains coloring pages and blank lines for taking […]

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2011 OhioMTA Conference (5): The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo!

The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo gave a performance and a masterclass at the 2011 OhioMTA Conference.  Greg and Liz, in addition to being marvelous performers, are such genuine, down-to-earth people.  They had great insight for the students who performed during the masterclass.  If you ever have the opportunity to hear them live, I highly […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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2011 OhioMTA Conference (4): Piano Pedagogy 101, by Marvin Blickenstaff

Here’s another session given by the well-loved pedagogue Marvin Blickenstaff from the 2011 OhioMTA Conference: Piano Pedagogy 101: Reviewing the Basics Mr. Blickenstaff introduced this session by commenting that at conferences and workshops, we often hear ideas for teaching intermediate and advanced students, but we don’t very often hear ideas for teaching beginners during that […]

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OhioMTA Conference (3): Performance Practice Made Easy, by Marvin Blickenstaff

The next session was given by the fabulous Marvin Blickenstaff: Performance Practice Made Easy: Rules of Thumb for the Piano Student As teachers, we are always interested in fostering independence in our students — perhaps most importantly in the aspect of interpretation (making music musical and artistic). This is an elusive thing to teach.  It’s […]

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OhioMTA Conference 2011 (2): Toxic or Terrific Teaching by Nicole Biggs

The next session at the OhioMTA Conference was given by Dr. Nicole Biggs, the new piano professor at Bowling Green State University in my town: Toxic or Terrific Teaching: Exploring the Strategies that Bring out the Best in our Students Dr. Biggs began by pointing out that our goal as teachers is to inspire and […]

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OhioMTA Conference 2011 (1): Learn at First Sight by Margaret Young

The recent Ohio Music Teachers Association conference I attended was wonderful.  I had the opportunity to meet other teachers both near and far from where I am in Ohio, and I also learned a lot! The first session I attended was an informative presentation by Dr. Margaret Young.  Dr. Young cited a large number of […]

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