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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 Set Up a Note-Reading Challenge

Setting Up a Note-Reading Challenge

We want our students to love playing music!  And, we don’t want them to be stuck figuring out the basics for Every. Single. Sound.  It’s annoying.  It’s frustrating.  And, that goes for both student and teacher.  So, how can we help them move beyond the basics?

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Top 4 Note-Naming Apps Your Students Will LOVE!

Top 4 Note-Reading Apps Your Students Will LOVE

We are doing a 1-minute challenge in the studio and many of my students have decide the best way to improve their score from week to week is … practice!  Don’t you love when they decide that for themselves?  Needless to say, my piano parents needed some note-reading app suggestions quick.

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Settling Into a Routine … Again

This is a time of year that many of us have made New Year’s Resolutions and are struggling to keep up with them.   I know this because I have been that person in the past more times than I care to admit.
This week, I’ll be letting you know how my students and I are settling into a routine again, but with a mind on how we can reach our goals in the next few months!

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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!

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Theory for Summer-On-The-Brain Students

Theory for Summer-On-The-Brain Students

Last week, we looked at the Dreaded June Slide. It’s that time of year where it is oh-so-easy to just let go & coast to end of the month. But, is that really what’s best for our students?

Regardless of whether your studio runs on regular schedule, holds group lessons, has summer camps, or takes a complete break over the summer months, it’s important to recognize that our students need something different right now. They are tired, both mentally & physically. Plus, with end of year exams, projects, outdoor sports & more out-of-town activities on the weekends … it really isn’t a wonder that our students, their families, & perhaps even us, as teachers, need a change.
These are the apps & activities my students are doing this month to ensure they are summer ready for whatever they choose to play!

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Surprise your students with how fun music history can be!

Music History Group Lessons

I have a deep, dark secret. I don’t spend nearly enough time on music history in my studio. But, it’s something I want to change & have rounded up some tools to help do that!
This month, my students are delving into the interesting world of classical music composers. I’m giving you access to all the activities & materials I used to make this group lesson a success!