Monthly Archives: April 2015

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Teaching creates all other professions.” — anonymous Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Upcoming 2015 Sessions from Piano Teacher Institute

This information was just sent out to those on the email list for the Piano Teacher Institute with Joy Morin. I’m blogging it here as well, just for your interest! Greetings! A year ago, I began writing the coursework for my online course, Introduction to Piano Teaching. I’ve now offered the course three times: Summer 2014, Fall […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” — Mark Van Doren Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Easter Egg Matching Music Game

Earlier this week, I blogged about my April 2015 studio class “Piano Party.” We concluded our Piano Party with a new game, which I created based on a teacher’s idea posted in the Piano Teacher FunMakers group on facebook. The game is simple: buy a package of plastic easter eggs and draw music symbols and […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” — Will Durant Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Lesson Plan: The History of Audio Formats

As blogged yesterday, my husband and I recently acquired a 1929 Victor Victrola gramophone. Researching our new “toy” inspired me to create a lesson plan about the history of audio formats for this month’s group class “Piano Party” for my piano students. The lesson plan, craft activity, and slides are available as a single PDF freebie…so continue […]

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My New Victor Victrola Gramophone

Last week, one of my adult students gave my husband and I an old Victor Victrola gramophone. Isn’t it lovely?! I knew very little about gramophones prior to this. Internet research revealed that our Victrola was manufactured in 1929. It isn’t a particularly valuable one, but it is a great historical piece and it has a great […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” — Daniel J. Boorstin Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Updated Post: Incentive Programs for Piano Students

Today, I updated a blog post from 2009 about the ongoing incentive program I’ve been using in my student for over five years now. I’ve added new photos and details about the program and why I think it has worked so well for my students and I. Click here to read the updated post!

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MTNA 2015 (5): W March 25

The last day of the MTNA conference was Wednesday, March 25. 8:00–9:00 a.m.: Elementary Imagination, by Wynn-Anne Rossi In the morning, I attended part of the Elementary Imagination session by Wynn-Anna Rossi. Because I slipped into the room late, I did not hear the entire session but I did pick up a few ideas for when composing […]

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MTNA 2015 (4): Tuesday, March 23

MTNA 2015 conference notes continued… 8:00–9:00 a.m.: Exhibitor Showcase by The Royal Conservatory: Teaching Sight Reading, Improvising, Arranging and Interpreting–In Every Lesson! by Forrest Kinney Forrest Kinney is an engaging speaker with a great sense of humor! His session was a lot of fun. Forrest talked about his ChordPlay series, Pattern Play series, some of the 2015 RCM Syllabus changes, […]

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MTNA 2015 (3): March 21 and 22

On Sunday of the conference, I attended the Willis Music and the FJH Music showcases and spent some time browsing in the Exhibit Hall. It is always fun to see what is new in the publishing world for our piano students! As part of my responsibilities as the current VP of Membership for OhioMTA, I […]

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