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Video: Let’s Talk about John Thompson’s “Teaching Little Fingers To Play”

Hi there! Earlier today, I went live on Facebook to talk about one of my favorite old piano method books: the classic John Thompson’s Modern Course for the Piano. I have to admit certain bias for the “Teaching Little Fingers to Play” book. It was my first piano book when I was all of age […]

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2017 Retreat | Piano Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom From Method Books.

Hi there! Today, I just wanted to share a little bit more regarding the retreat for piano teachers I’m planning in August 17-19, 2017. The topic our retreat will be centered around is: Piano Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom From Method Books. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE looking through piano method books — both […]

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Game: Which Rhythm Pattern Do You Hear?

Today, I thought I’d share about a quick and fun rhythm game I’ve been using lately with some of my younger students. Game: Which Rhythm Pattern Do You Hear? Choose two animal erasers. The teacher creates two rhythm patterns using these free cards, laying out each one by an animal eraser. The teacher chants one of the […]

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Rhythm Activities with Othello Chips

Since attending Irina Gorin’s summer workshop for piano teachers in 2015, her “Tales of a Musical Journey” has become one of my favorite piano method books to use with beginners. In her book, she uses black circles and white circles to represent simple rhythms in duple meter. (Duple meter is MLT’s term for when the macrobeat [big […]

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Announcing: Piano Teacher Retreat, August 17-19, 2017

Hello, friends! I’m very excited to invite you to attend a retreat for piano teachers taking place at my home studio this summer. Retreat at Piano Manor is a three-day getaway for piano teachers to connect, recharge, share, and learn from each another. During this unique experience, you will have opportunity to contribute and benefit from collective wisdom during group […]

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Group Class Ventures with Music Learning Theory (MLT)

Since taking the Piano Certification Course through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) last August, I have been slowly but surely working towards integrating Music Learning Theory (MLT) principles into my teaching approach. Much of this integration is subtle at this point and yet, it is having a definite impact on my students. I’ve also had […]

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2017 Blogiversary Sale Ends Friday

Just a friendly notice: Friday, March 31, 2017 is the last day of this year’s Blogiversary sale. If you use the promo code 2017SALE when you check out, you will receive 20% off all items in my shop. Perhaps you’ll find something fun in my shop for your lessons or for your summer camps. Thanks for […]

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Review: Celebrate Theory Series from The Royal Conservatory

I’m so excited to tell you today about a fantastic series of theory workbooks called Celebrate Theory (Canada | U.S.), just released from Frederick Harris Music publishers. If you happen to already enjoy – as I do – using the wonderful Celebration Series (Canada | U.S. | Amazon.com) with your piano students, you will be especially interested in learning about […]

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The Possibility of Making a Healthy Income Doing What You Love as a Piano Teacher

“I don’t do this for the money. I just love teaching kids/music.” How often have you said or thought this? And how often have you heard this sentiment from fellow teachers? Problem: There is a huge, rather unhealthy assumption implied in this narrative. The false assumption is that teaching kids/music is at odds with the […]

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What I Learned From My Recent Survey

Recently, I sent out a questionnaire in hope of learning a bit more about my readership and the general outlook within the piano teaching profession. As promised, I want to share with you a little bit about what I’ve learned from all of your wonderful responses. It was very revealing to hear common issues described by teachers. […]

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Why I Take Lessons in the Alexander Technique as a Piano Teacher

In Spring of 2015, a fellow piano teacher and I were having a conversation during which she told me how much she has benefited from taking Alexander Technique lessons in the past. She spoke so highly of the experience, stating that everyone — not just musicians — should consider taking at least three months of Alexander lessons. In […]

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2016 Survey So Far

Last week, I sent out a link to a questionnaire in hope of learning a bit more about my readership and the general outlook within the piano teaching profession. So far, I’ve received 109 responses. How exciting! In reading the responses so far, I’m finding that some of my beliefs about our profession are confirmed — but there have […]

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