Tag Archives: piano teaching

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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Will you help with my survey?

Hello, friends! I am, as always, looking for more ways to continue updating and improving my online course offered through Piano Teacher Institute with Joy Morin. As I prepare for the next Winter session, I would love to have your thoughts. If you wouldn’t mind taking the time to fill out my questionnaire, your input will help […]

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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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