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Don’t Miss the 2014 Online Conference

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Hello, readers!

I just wanted to help spread the word about a new online conference for music educators scheduled for February 5-8, 2014. has recently announced the lineup of speakers for the sessions and it looks great! Conference registrants can watch the sessions live online or they can check out the videos later, on-demand.

You can check out the full list of sessions here.  I excited to announce that I will be giving a session on February 6 called “Building Musicianship Through Games & Activities.”  During this session, I will talk about the value of teaching through games and how teachers can go about choosing or creating games that will teach the concepts they wish to reinforce in their students.  I will also be demonstrating some of the games that are available here on my blog.I just wanted to help spread the word about a new online conference for music educators scheduled for February 5-8, 2014. has recently announced the lineup of speakers for the sessions and it looks great!  Conference registrants can watch the sessions live online or they can check out the videos later, on-demand.

Below is the official press release from the folks at  Read it over and then check out their website and facebook page for more info.

Good news: is giving away one free conference registration to one lucky blog reader from Color In My Piano!  To enter, please leave a comment below this post describing one of your students’ favorite games (it can be a group game or an individual game).  The deadline to enter is Midnight EST on October 16, 2013.  The winner will be randomly selected the next day.  I can’t wait to read your comments!  


Register now for the online conference and Make Your Students Shine! is excited to announce the presentations for the 2014 online conference!  They have a fantastic lineup of nationally-known presenters with awesome ideas to share.  You won’t want to miss this!

Join MusicEdConnect for live sessions, networking and exhibit hall February 5-8, 2014 or online for on-demand session videos, networking and exhibit hall any time after that date.

With their impressive lineup of nationally known presenters, you will learn from the best in the business without leaving your home or studio, or join on your mobile device from wherever you are in the world!

  • Hear from many amazing presenters and be re-inspired, motivated, and learn new tips and techniques to make your students shine!  View sessions here
  • Network with other teachers, both private and schools to gain new ideas from others and build friendships that last a lifetime. Visit the exhibit hall and learn about new products and services and conference promotions!
  • All sessions will also be available on-demand after the live conference dates so you can re-watch a session or view a session you missed.  While there is a time for each live session, you do NOT have to watch it on that date. All presentations will be available on-line until February 1, 2015.

Register now through October 31, 2013 for just $79! ($99 after October 31, 2013).

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35 thoughts on “Don’t Miss the 2014 Online Conference”

  1. Hi Joy,

    Thanks for everything that you share with your readers. My students and their families always enjoy tips and resources from you that I pass along.


  2. One of my favorite resources for games is the MusicTechTeacher site. Although there are many that my students enjoy, two games that we’ve used often this fall are are “soccer shoot-out” games for one or two players. If I just have a couple of minutes to fill at the end of a class, variations on “Simon Says” are always entertaining, as long as you don’t mind being silly occasionally!

  3. My students love using the puzzle erasers to find notes and do the keyboard race. We also use them for scale fingerings. They have been the best addition to my studio this year.

    Thanks for a chance to win! I would really like to “attend”.

  4. I recently started teaching piano again after taking a break to spend time with my children. I have found your blog to be a great resource and a HUGE help to get back into teaching. I would love to attend the music conference. What a great opportunity to step things up and gain new insights. Thanks for all your hard work!

  5. My students LOVE to play Music, Music, Music. It is a music version of the fruits basket game. We just played it at our recital with parents, siblings and grandparents participating. Great fun was had by all!

  6. My preschoolers and K’s love to play the “Hands Hunt” game. They love going on scavenger hunts and beg and beg to play week after week! Thanks for the support you offer Joy! As a new piano I appreciate your insight and ideas!

  7. My beginner students love to play Piano Finger Twister! It’s such a fun way to practice finger numbers, plus it really takes concentration and small muscle coordination–two important piano-playing skills.

  8. My students really enjoy keyboard race and fishing (got a cheap child’s magnetic fishing pole; I put paperclips on flashcards so they will stick to the magnet.)

    The conference sounds great!

  9. Favorite game? Oh geez – that’s a hard one! I get a lot of requests to play Alphabet Trails by Piano Anne. I think the students like it because of how big the board is 🙂

  10. My kids favorite game is one I made up called “Spinner Stunts!” I got these whiteboard spinners on Amazon:

    We make a big pie shape on the whiteboard, and divide it into sections, putting a stunt in each section, such as, play a piece with your eyes closed, play a piece on your knees, play a piece with your hands crossed, play a piece while standing on one foot, etc. The list is limitless. Each child spins and performs the selected stunt. The kids absolutely adore this game!

  11. The keyboard ace is always a fun way to start the lesson. My students love any game I throw at them, but the M&M note name game is the other favorite. Who doesn’t love to get to eat M&Ms and try to beat the teacher?!?

  12. My students really enjoy playing Beat Bingo a game developed by Samantha Coates. You have a bingo square of note values and roll a dice and cross of notes. First to cross them all out is the winner! Excellent for students to remember note and rest names and values

  13. My students love playing any competitive game: Steps and Skips, the Ladybug Game, and Don’t Swipe My Sharp from Susan Paradis. They also love playing note twister on my floor staff. I call out a note name (i.e. Bass D) and hand/foot/etc. They love making it difficult for themselves to stay up!

  14. My students love the amazing keyboard race, sometimes I create variations with steps and skips or intervals. They also love crazy keys from Jennifer Funk at

  15. That’s a hard one! They like Music Bingo and Over the Edge. Favorite app game (by far, Noteworks!) I love the idea of the conference coming to us instead of spending lots of money to go to it!

  16. My favourite game for beginners is “Feed Mr. Sunshine”. I have printed music symbols, words & notes on the backs of little rainbow cutouts. I took a yellow file folder & glued/taped a large sunshine on the front (tent-style so it stands up). I cut a slit for the mouth. Students take turns drawing a rainbow flash card, naming it & then feeding it to Mr. Sunshine. Always a hit & I can let 2 kids draw at a time or limit the number of cards to review to speed it up. I get to review notes or terms & they get to have tons of fun – win-win!

  17. We enjoy many, many games in our studio but “Music Jeopardy” is a top favorite played in teams. I made a homemade board with categories across the top that say “Notes for $5,” “Symbols for $10,” “Rhythm for $25,” “Tempo Terms for $50,” and “Composers for $100.” Questions are listed on index cards, hole punched and hanging from plastic hooks in rows. Teams take turns answering the questions and winning monopoly money! Of course they start with the composer questions every time!:)

  18. I always love your games and your creative spirit Joy! I would love to win the registration to this online conference.

    My students love trying to spell out words on the keyboard with erasers as fast as they can. They like to be timed! We’ve done it in private lessons going against the clock and group lessons when we compete against other students. Almost any student can feel successful at this game!

  19. My students love anything to do with flash cards. Music alphabet flash cards to race on the keyboard and note name flash cards with a one minute timer are the favourites.

  20. A favorite for my younger students is one in which we “race” from each end of the keyboard, using small figure (a dog and cat) on the keyboard, and a deck of cards with sharps or flats (labeled A#, B#, C#, etc.). Student holding the “sharps” deck starts on the bottom white key; student holding the “flats” starts at the top. The one closest to middle C at the end is the winner.

  21. I teach elementary music and piano lessons. My fifth and sixth graders love playing “King of the Hill” with rhythm flashcards–they have to read their own and others’ cards without making a mistake or everyone moves up a position and the person who misses goes to the “bottom” of the hill. They get really competitive and it really motivates them to read!

    The online conference is a great idea.

  22. Hi there!
    My younger students always find amusing to find notes with their eyes closed by feeling the black keys.
    Thanks for this contest!

  23. Our favorite studio game is the Recital Distraction Game. The week before the Recital I have my students come in for a group class. They draw small slips of paper from a hat. Each paper contains a recital distraction like: coughing, sneezing, crying baby, etc. One slip of paper says PERFORMER. The performer then has to attempt to perform their recital piece while the rest of the group acts out the world’s worst and most distracting audience. This is great for their concentration, for reducing performance anxiety, and so much fun! I send them out of class laughing and happy.

  24. At my last group class, I did a variation of a game I found on Natalie’s website ( that my students loved. I strung up several pumpkin-shaped die cuts with various categories written on them (ex. Listening, Music Theory, Note ID, etc). The students used a Nerf gun to shoot at the pumpkins. Once they hit one, they answered questions, clapped rhythms, demonstrated concepts on the piano, and even acted out terms for everyone else to guess based on the category they hit!

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