Learning songsStudent ProgressUncategorized

The Practice Tool You AND Your Students Want

How many times have you had a student tell you, “I wasn’t sure what to do.”?  With further questioning, it wasn’t so much that the student didn’t know WHAT to practice.  They didn’t remember HOW something was supposed to sound and didn’t have the confidence in their skills to figure it out on their own.
For a song, it’s not a problem to hop over to YouTube and find a version of the song.  But, what if that isn’t quite the right solution?
Read more for my review of the app that my students and I keep coming back to!

Learning songsRecitalsUncategorized

Getting students excited about recital repertoire

Chances are your studio is already well into recital prep. Students are learning or mastering new repertoire, you are working out the last details on the program, & parents are checking their calendars to ensure they will get their budding performers to the venue on time.

How can you get your students excited about their recital repertoire? This is my top 6 tips to making recital prep a time of celebration!

Learning songsProfessional DevelopmentReflectionsUncategorized

Play It Again, Sam!

This is the first in a new series of book reviews on the blog.
Lately, I have been wondering about the role of repetition in both lessons & practice time. In my own practice, it has been enlightening to see the natural patterns I fall into. Especially since some of them, as a teacher, I really do know better. As a teacher, it’s painful sitting through a song that once again a student has obviously put NO thought into during a week of incorrect practice. (“Why is the starting note still incorrect?” “I didn’t realize.” “It was written in bold on your practice page.” “Huh.”)