I’ve already blogged a bit about my New Year’s Resolution. Now it’s your turn! Our previous Q&A Forum brought about a great discussion about whether or not to lesson plan for piano lessons (and if so, how to feasibly do so even if you have a large studio). Today, let’s start a discussion about what change you’d [...]
At the 2010 Michigan Music Teachers Assocation conference this weekend, our conference clinician Martha Hilley had some wise words for us that I thought I’d share here: Always be a musician, even when you are counting aloud! As she led us through some various exercises during one of the sessions, Martha Hilley encouraged us to [...]
We have all had students who are low on motivation at one point or another. It’s not always easy to keep students practicing week after week. To make matters more complicated, every student is different: something that motivates one student might not work for the next. This post contains 9 great suggestions for increasing motivation among your piano students.
Check out this fascinating news story: 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 tend [...]
June is over (summer is going by so quickly!!), and so is the June Forum: Making Your Vocation A Vacation topic. Thanks for all the thought-provoking comments, all! Here’s a summary of your comments, along with some thoughts of my own mixed in: Teach only when you want to. Don’t overdo it. Only schedule yourself what [...]
As mentioned yesterday, a new series is being introduced here at Color In My Piano: a monthly forum of sorts, where readers put their heads together a discuss various topics. The success of this series depends on YOU, so please, type away! Without further ado, allow me to introduce the topic for the June forum: [...]
Today I just thought I’d share a fun little tip I learned from one of my students this week! Yes, you read that right: she taught me. =) She is a young beginner student, just learning how to read music on the staff. She informed me that she came up with a way for remembering [...]
This week, I recently stumbled upon some great blogs about piano teaching to add to my blogroll. Some are new, and other have been around for a while, but they all have wonderful things to share! Jen’s Piano Studio Blog – lots of game ideas and free resources.
Last week, my university held a master class by Yeol Eum Son, the silver winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn competition. I played a Chopin Etude, op.10 no.6. She gave me a number of specific suggestions which were very helpful, but there were two general concepts I took from the experience: 1. Posture: keep your [...]
Here’s a list of 30 theme ideas for music studio events! Themes can be used as the studio theme for the school year, or for summer music camps, or for studio recitals. If used for the studio theme for the whole year, there are a number of ways the theme can be incorporated: the incentive [...]
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This post is Part 2 of the two-part series: What Motivates Musicians and Music Students? Here’s a quick recap and then the conclusion of the series: This goal [creating students who can convey musical meaning] in itself is an intrinsic motivator, for even the youngest of students can appreciate the value of musical meaning and [...]
I found an interesting post over at the Third-Stream Music Education blog. It includes a link to a fascinating video of Dan Pink’s presentation about motivation in the business world (be sure to watch the whole thing!). The post at the Third-Stream Music Ed blog makes some interesting connections between ways of motivating employees and ways of [...]