Tag Archives: piano teaching

Book Review: Intelligent Music Teaching by Robert A. Duke

I am excited to post this book review because this is one of the best books I have read in a while. If you are looking for a practical yet research-based book about piano/music pedagogy, get your hands on this book. This is my best book recommendation for any music teacher looking to improve their teaching. Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays […]

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Music Mapping with Piano Students

With nearly every piece I teach, the student and I analyze and label the form: Q&A phrases, AB form, ABA form, sonata form, etc.. Understanding the structure of a piece helps the student learn the piece more thoroughly and make well-based decisions relating to the interpretation of a piece. Back in early March, a student of mine demonstrated he had […]

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Upcoming 2015 Sessions from Piano Teacher Institute

This information was just sent out to those on the email list for the Piano Teacher Institute with Joy Morin. I’m blogging it here as well, just for your interest! Greetings! A year ago, I began writing the coursework for my online course, Introduction to Piano Teaching. I’ve now offered the course three times: Summer 2014, Fall […]

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Easter Egg Matching Music Game

Earlier this week, I blogged about my April 2015 studio class “Piano Party.” We concluded our Piano Party with a new game, which I created based on a teacher’s idea posted in the Piano Teacher FunMakers group on facebook. The game is simple: buy a package of plastic easter eggs and draw music symbols and […]

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2015 Spring Recital Photos

My studio’s annual Spring Recital was on Sunday. So proud of how my students played! We held it at a local church that has a nice Yamaha. Even my youngest students participated, even if only with a simple duet. My husband was kind enough to take a photo of each student, which I emailed to parents afterwards. […]

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Sending Students to Outside Events

On Saturday, seven of my students played their recital pieces for a local Ribbon Festival held by my local MTNA/OhioMTA chapter. So proud of them! I’ve been sending students to this festival since I moved to Ohio three years ago. This is a non-competitive event — meaning, there are no winners. Students perform one piece by memory and […]

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Video: Elena Cobb’s Higgledy Piggledy Jazz

Isn’t it great when you find just the right music, for just the right student, at just the right time? Back when I first reviewed Elena Cobb’s music in 2012, I had mostly beginner students in my studio having recently relocated to Ohio. Recently, I was pleased to have the opportunity to give Elena’s book of jazz-inspired […]

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Tracking Progress of Piano Students

I received an email from a reader over the weekend, asking: “I would love to know your general process/techniques for keeping record of work done with a student.” Although piano methods already provide structure for study and the student’s assignment notebook does serve as a log of the student’s progress, I personally find it very helpful to […]

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2015 Annual Blogiversary Sale

The annual Blogiversary Sale is going on now!  Take 20% off all items in my digital shop. Promo Code: 20OFF2015 You must enter the promo code in the shopping cart to receive the discount. Sale expires on Friday, March 20, 2015.

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Upcoming Blogiversary and Other Shop News

Hello, folks! The good news first: On February 28 is the ColorInMyPiano blog’s birthday!  I’ve been blogging for 6 years now. I wanted to let you know that in celebration, I will once again holding the annual 20% off sale on everything in my digital shop. This will begin on Monday, February 23 and last through Friday, March […]

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Presentation on iPad Apps for ToledoPTA

This morning, I gave a presentation for our Toledo Piano Teachers Association meeting.  TPTA is a small, very friendly group of teachers who are interested in learning new things.  We meet once a month and generally we take turns giving the programs — although occasionally we bring in outside guest speakers. My topic was “iPad Apps for […]

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Recital Invitation & Program Template

My students and I are currently preparing pieces for our Spring Recital.  I like to schedule my recital early (March or April), to avoid the busy end-of-the-year season. This year, I decided to design some simple recital invitations for students to share with family and friends.  I printed these myself on cardstock paper. I also designed […]

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