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How to Motivate Students When Summer is on the Brain

How to Motivate Students When Summer is On the Brain

Usually, June is filled with outdoor sports, end of year concerts, enjoying the patio & emerging from our cocoons.  With the COVID pandemic, things look a little different this year.  Or, do they?  Students still want to be outside visiting with friends & take a more relaxed approach to their learning.  How do we motivate…

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Rhythm Warm-Ups That Get Students Off the Bench

With the end of the year just around the corner (or so it seems), many of our students will be getting a bit wiggly on the bench, perhaps a bit teary-eyed at staying inside on a sunny day, and in general wanting to do something just a little bit different.

One of the favourite warm-up activities we did in my studio this year was rhythm warm-ups. I wanted my students to feel a steady pulse as they played piano, but I also wanted them to improvise with rhythms so when they saw them in their music it was easier to recognize. I wanted a warm-up that kind of did it all. This week, I am sharing the warm-up with you!

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How to Introduce Chords to Students … Without Losing Their Interest

Introducing Chords to Students

Chords are the backbone of music.  Yet, how many of us take the time to teach our students about chords?  Not as part of their technique exercises or on a theory page, but as an element that makes a song … well, a song.  And, how many times do we sing chords so we can play chords?

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Easy Tech Tips For Your Next Virtual Studio Recital

Easy Tech Tips for Your Virtual Studio Recital

One of the biggest worries for teachers when hosting a virtual studio recital is the technology.  Add in all the regular tasks for a recital & this can quickly become overwhelming.  But, don’t worry!  Here are easy tech tips for your virtual recital. P.S. This is Part 3 in a series on virtual recitals that…