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Just Added: Two More Lapbooks (Clementi & Rachmaninoff)

As promised, here are the other two composer lapbooks I create this summer. Adding these two new composers makes the list of available composers currently 24. Exciting! Studying Muzio Clementi is the perfect opportunity to talk about the evolution of the piano from harpsichord, to fortepiano, to modern piano. Clementi is remembered as a keyboardist, […]

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Piano Lesson Fun with “The Office” Theme Song

I just have to share this fun, spontaneous moment from a piano lesson yesterday. Check out this video: My student surprised me by showing me that he had learned to play The Office theme song. I, in turn, surprised him by pulling out my melodica. :) I’ve been waiting a long time to be able […]

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Printable: “About Me” Student Profile Cards

For the past two years, I’ve been using these “About Me” student profile cards. I’m always looking for ways for my students to see and get to know each other! At the beginning of the school year, I printed the profile cards on colorful paper and we took time during lessons to fill them out […]

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Just Added: Scarlatti & Tchaikovsky Great Composers Lapbook Curriculum

Big news: I just added two brand new composer lapbooks to my shop! The composers are… Domenico Scarlatti and… Peter Tchaikovsky! In studying Scarlatti, we learned about how Scarlatti as a Baroque composer greatly influenced the development of the Classical style, especially in keyboard music. He taught the princess Maria Barbara of Portugal and followed her […]

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NCKP 2017 (4): Saturday

[Click here to go back to Day 3.] 8am Kjos Publisher Showcase: Bastien New Traditions: Inspiring the Next Generation of Beginning Pianists, by Lori and Jane Bastien. You probably know the Bastien name from the variety of method series (remember the iconic cover of the Bastien Piano Basics method?) and supplemental materials that were popular […]

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NCKP 2017 (3): Friday

[Click here to go back to Day 2.] First thing this morning, I joined Tim Topham live on Facebook to rundown of the previous day's events. Check out our fun video here! 9:00am Effective Communication of Practice Expectations: Send them Home with the Tools for Success, by Scott Donald Scott completed a survey recently exploring […]

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NCKP 2017 (2): Thursday

[Click here to go back to Day 1.] 8:00am Hal Leonard Showcase: Recent Classical Piano Publications from Hal Leonard During this showcase sessions by Hal Leonard publishers, we were informed about a variety of new publications available. Of special interest are the new "At The Piano" books from Henle Verlag. These books contain original pieces […]

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NCKP 2017 (1): Wednesday Pre-Conference Seminars

Weeeeee! I'm blogging from here at the NCKP — the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy occurring in Lombard, Illinois. Amy Chaplin and I drove a five-ish hour trip to to get here and have been enjoying some wonderfully informative and inspiring sessions so far. The first day of NCKP was the optional day of pre-conference […]

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Freebie: Lesson Attendance Sheet Updated for 2017-18

I have just finished updating one of the studio business forms from the Printables page for the 2017-18 school year.  It is called the Record of Lesson Attendance & Payment PDF.  I do not currently use this form myself anymore, but I still receive requests from teachers are using it so I am happy to update it again this […]

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2017 Music History Camp

Last week, I held my Music History Blast From The Past camp. We had a blast! ;) As in previous years, I used my own composer lapbook curriculum for this camp (available here). I know some of you will be very pleased to hear that I have created lapbooks for FOUR brand new composers this […]

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Video: A Peek Inside the Littlest Piano Method Book You Ever Did See

Hi there! Earlier today, I went live on Facebook to take a peek inside the littlest piano method book in my collection. :) It’s called “Little Players: A Piano Book For Very Young Beginners,” by Robert Nolan Kerr. The copyright year is 1941. I found this book among a boxful of other old sheet music […]

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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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