Monthly Archives: January 2015

App Review: Petronome

App Review: Petronome for iPhone/iPad (FREE, or pay $0.99 to remove ads and add additional “pets”). Petronome is just what is sounds like: a pet + a metronome. :) It is a fun app to use for rhythm activities with preschoolers or any young beginner student. (Thanks goes to blog reader Elaine for letting me know […]

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Music Keys Incentive Idea for Scales, Arpeggios, Cadences

Piano teacher Patti Bennett from Georgia came up with an awesome way to use the music keys printable I created back in 2013 (see this post).  She kindly agreed to let me post her photos and details about her incentive idea today! Patti has her students participate in Piano Guild Auditions in May, so she always has […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“I do not teach children. I give them joy.” — Isadora Duncan Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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iPad App Review: Piano Maestro

App Review: Piano Maestro for *iPad only.*  FREE and paid accounts available for teachers. Students who are connected to a teacher account have available to content for free. I’ve been meaning to write this review for a long time.  I wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve already heard all about the Piano Maestro app for iPad! If you are not already […]

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“Un-Method” Books for Piano Students

As a piano teacher, you have probably been in the situation where you felt that using your favorite traditional piano method might not be the best choice for a particular new student’s situation. For example, perhaps you have a new student who already has experience reading music from school or band.  Or an older beginner with […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Teaching is the achievement of shared meaning.” — D.B. Gowen Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Giveaway Winners

Just a quick blog post today, announcing the winners of last month’s giveaway for hardcopies of the student piano solo composition I wrote. Congrats to Carmen, Kristie, and Martyn!  I’ll be in touch by email to request your address. A free digital PDF download of the Holiday Parade piece is available here.

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“My contention is that creativity is as important as literacy in education, and we should treat it with the same status.” — Sir Ken Robinson Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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A Few Updates

Don’t forget — today is the last day to enter the giveaway for hardcopies of my Holiday Parade elementary level solo with teacher duet!  Click here. I also wanted to let you know that I’ve been gradually adding more recommendations to my list of piano duets for sight-reading.  Check out this popular post from last year […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Those who dare to teach never cease to learn.” — John Cotton Dana Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Digital Worksheet: Matching Staff to Keyboard

Remember this set of worksheets (Matching Staff to Keyboard worksheets) I posted a couple of weeks ago? At the suggestion of a reader (thanks, Elaine!), I have created a new digital version. Using an annotating app such as GoodNotes (my review here), you can upload the PDF to your iPad and have students complete the worksheets digitally.  It’s […]

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Digital Version: Spreadsheet for Payments Received

For the past couple of years, I’ve been using a form I created using Microsoft Word to track payments received from piano students each month.  I printed a new sheet each month (that way I could update the student roster list each month as it inevitably evolves), inserted it into my three-ring binder, and then penned in the […]

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