Tag Archives: piano teaching

Printable Chart for the Note Rush App

Ever since downloading Note Rush for iPhone/iPad (read my review here), my students and I have been having a blast using the app to improve fluency in corresponding pitches notated on the staff to the keyboard. (By the way, did you know that Note Rush is now available for Android platforms?) Just for fun, I started keeping track of each student’s […]

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Freebie: Lesson Attendance Sheet Updated for 2016-17

I have just finished updating one of the studio business forms from the Printables page for the 2016-17 school year.  It is called the Record of Lesson Attendance & Payment PDF.  I do not currently use this form myself anymore, but I have received quite a few requests from teachers who used it last year so I was happy […]

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Joy and Amy Talk About Music Learning Theory

Greetings! Back from our Boston trip for GIML training, Amy and I thought it would be fun and constructive to have a conversation to debrief, and at the same time create a video to share, about Music Learning Theory (MLT). Here’s what is covered in our video: 3:00 Who was Edwin Gordon. 9:45 Who is Marilyn Lowe. 13:25 […]

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2016 GIML Training (3): Wrap-Up Post

[See previous post: 2015 GIML Training (2): A Great First Week] On Saturday, I returned from a fruitful and enjoyable two-week stay in Brookline, Massachusetts, receiving Piano Certification training through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning. I am still processing everything I learned, but am excited to begin sharing about the experience with you all. As I mentioned in the […]

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2016 GIML Training (2): A Great First Week

[See previous post: 2015 GIML Training (1): The Adventure Begins] I’ve had a great first week in Boston for the Piano Certification Course training sponsored by the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML). Here is a photo of Amy and I standing in front of Brookline Music School, which is hosting the training.

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2016 Studio T-Shirt

Look at what arrived in the mail recently! I love how our T-shirts turned out this year. Since 2012, I’ve ordered studio T-shirts each summer as a gift for my students. It’s a fun way to show appreciation for being a part of my studio and build camaraderie among my students. And it’s good marketing, too. Just for fun, […]

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Fall 2016 Online Course – Piano Teacher Institute

Just sending out a quick email today to announce that registration for the upcoming Fall 2016 session of my Piano Pedagogy 101 online course will be available this Friday (July 29) at 9am Eastern time. Are you wondering if this online course is right for you? “Joy Morin’s pedagogy course is an excellent learning tool for new piano […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 4/4

[Click to view Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3.] On our final day of camp, students reviewed the drafts of their composition that I had updated and printed from Finale the previous evening. We made small tweaks and reprinted as needed. Students took turns using the piano and keyboard to practice their compositions, so that they could perform them […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 3/4

[Click to view Day 1 or Day 2.] The goal for Day 3 was to have our compositions basically finished by the end of the day. With that in mind, we spent time discussing form (AB, ABA, through-composed, etc.) as well as various aspects of proper music notation. My cat, Coda, loves to help my students with […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 2/4

[Click here for Day 1.] On Day 2 of our composing camp, our goal was to get a good amount of our pieces composed and written down by the end of the day. We used the piano or keyboard to improvise until we found music we liked. Then, we started writing it down on staff […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 1/4

As mentioned previously, this week is the week: it’s composition camp for my students and me! So, You Want To Be A Composer? June 13-16, M-Th from 10am-noon Throughout this camp, students will experience the joy of creation while composing their own music: from the energy of the initial creative urge, following the path of […]

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On Establishing A Daily Habit (Practicing the Piano or Otherwise)

For a long time, I have identified myself as someone who is terrible at remembering to take my daily multivitamin pill. I wanted to do better. I believe in the benefits of taking multivitamins, and I wanted to take them daily. I was motivated, but I just couldn’t seem to do it each morning. So, I started experimenting […]

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