Tag Archives: piano teaching

“Un-Method” Books for Piano Students

As a piano teacher, you have probably been in the situation where you felt that using your favorite traditional piano method might not be the best choice for a particular new student’s situation. For example, perhaps you have a new student who already has experience reading music from school or band.  Or an older beginner with […]

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Digital Worksheet: Matching Staff to Keyboard

Remember this set of worksheets (Matching Staff to Keyboard worksheets) I posted a couple of weeks ago? At the suggestion of a reader (thanks, Elaine!), I have created a new digital version. Using an annotating app such as GoodNotes (my review here), you can upload the PDF to your iPad and have students complete the worksheets digitally.  It’s […]

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Piano Student Gift Ideas for Christmas/Recitals

Need inspiration for music-themed gifts for music students?  Below are photos submitted by piano teachers just like you! From Liz Hurst from Tooele, Utah: Here is my little ornament I did this year.  It is made with little wooden stars, vintage sheet music and modge podge.  Glitter glue if you want the initial and hot glued ribbon to […]

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Student Christmas Gift: Original Piano Composition

2014

Hope you had a nice Christmas and are enjoying a break from teaching! Now that Christmas is past, I can share about the gifts I made for my piano students this year.  :) As you may know, I love creating homemade gifts.  Last year, I home-recorded a CD of a few favorite classical teaching pieces. In 2012, I […]

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Review & Giveaway: Elena Cobb’s “My Piano Trip To London”

A couple of years ago, I reviewed some lovely sheet music by British teacher/composer Elena Cobb (read the review here). She is the author of the Higgledy Piggledy Jazz books, the “Blue River” book of solos, and more. Elena has recently released a new book: a piano method called “My Piano Trip to London.” “My Piano […]

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App Review & Giveaway: Bobclass for Studio Management

Note: As you can tell, this week I’ve been playing catch-up with a few apps I’ve been wanting to share!  Hope you don’t mind all of the reviews/giveaways this week.  :) Bobclass ($19.99) — iPad only. I’m so excited to share my review of this studio management app with you today!  Let me begin by sharing Bobclass’ description: […]

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App Review & Giveaway: Music Flash Class

Music Flash Class ($3.99) — for iPhone/iPad. Music Flash Class is an app developed by a piano teacher Henry Flurry.  It has been around for a couple of years now, but an update for iOS 8 was recently released.  The new layout looks good! Music Flash Class is an interactive note identification app.  The settings […]

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App Review — MusicNotes Deck: Music Flash Cards

MusicNotes Deck: Music Flash Cards (FREE) — for iPad or iPhone. This free app comes from the folks behind MusicNotes.com, which by the way, is an excellent website for purchasing arrangements of pop music at various levels for students. The MusicNotes Deck app provides three decks of flash cards: (1) 50 music symbols/terms, (2) two octaves […]

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Winter Course Offering: Intro to Piano Teaching

I just sent out an email today to my mailing list for the Piano Teacher Institute online courses.  Below are the details to announce that I am preparing another session of the “Intro To Piano Teaching” course.  The dates for this online course will be January 5 through February 16. This 6-week course is intended for piano teachers […]

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Studio Project: Musical Christmas Paper Chain

I love Christmastime for many reasons. As a piano teacher, I love that it gives students the opportunity to play a variety of familiar tunes.  Playing tunes that are already in their ears really helps build their music reading skills. I keep a lending library of Christmas books and loan them out to students each […]

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CD Lending Library

This is my CD collection.  It is not particularly large or impressive, but I realized that it was a shame that these CD’s are sitting around barely being used.  I have my favorite ones ripped onto my computer’s iTunes library.

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Clavier Companion Nov/Dec issue: The Future of Piano Teaching

Have you seen the latest issue of Clavier Companion magazine? The Nov/Dec 2014 issue marks the beginning of a series called “The Future of Piano Teaching.”  In this issue, you’ll find twelve short musings written by various pedagogues about their thoughts on the future of piano teaching.  These short musings will be followed by a […]

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