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Giveaway Winners: Note Rush app

I am pleased to announce the two randomly-chosen winners of the promo code giveaway for the Note Rush app. Rick Irma Khouw Winners, please check your inbox for an email from me. The rest of you — I’d definitely recommend visiting the app store to purchase Note Rush. As I mentioned in my full review, […]

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Review & Giveaway: Note Rush app

Today, I am so excited to introduce to you a brand new app for music teachers called Note Rush. As I have been experimenting with this app during beta testing, I soon discovered just what a useful tool this app is for my students. Note Rush has become my favorite app for piano teaching. Note Rush […]

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Video: Playing the Ice Cream Interval Game

During a recent lesson, I used my Ice Cream Interval Game — one of my favorite games for piano teaching — to reinforce and improve my student’s visual recognition of the intervals unison, second, third, fourth, and fifth in staff notation. Today, I thought I’d share a three-minute video clip of the activity. Here is what you’ll see in the video: […]

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My Favorite Sheet Music Solos for Piano Students

For our annual Spring Recital, I maintain a tradition of letting my piano students choose their own special piece to memorize and perform. In December or January, I restock my library of sheet music solos at all the various levels, so that I can demonstrate 3-4 pieces for each student to choose from. I’ve started to […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“For teachers to become better teachers, they must become better learners.” — Tom Whitby Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music should never be harmless.” — Robbie Robertson Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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App Review: Musiclock

I’m excited to write this app review, because it is one of the most well-designed and useful apps I’ve come across lately! Musiclock is a $2.99 app for iPad and iPhone that provides a variety of backing tracks intended to be used while practicing scales or improvising. The first step is to select a scale. The scale choices are: major, […]

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Christmas Piano Duet Recommendations

Hello, friends! My piano teacher friend, Susan West, and I have been busy practicing a selection of Christmas duets in order to perform them for a handful of local events during this December. Susan was kind enough to join me for today’s video to share a peek at the books we are using this year for our duet repertoire. Check […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Teaching Tool Review: Wright Way Note Finder

When I am teaching piano, one of the teaching tools I use frequently is the Wright Way Note Finder (find it on Amazon). I love this tool because it is useful for building a stronger sense of staff-to-keyboard correlation in students in just a few minutes’ time during lessons. Watch the video below to learn more about […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” — Anatole France Feel free to download and share this quote or image.

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Monday Broadcast: Piano Lesson Time Management — Thinking Holistically

Greetings! During today’s live broadcast via Periscope, we discussed possible time management solutions for in-lesson time with students. If you are like me, I’m sure there are many, many times when you wish there was more time during each weekly lesson! It often feels like it is a challenge to fit everything into a 30-, […]

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