Let’s Get Outside!

Let's Get Outside (moving music lessons to the great outdoors)

Let's Get Outside! Instead of students gazing outside wishing they could be there ... move those music lessons from the piano to the backyard with these easy ideas!

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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!

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!

Behind Every Successful Piano Student …

One of the lessons I've learnt as a parent is that I need to be more stubborn than my kids. While I am being a bit facetious, one of the things that has helped us immensely as parents doing our best to ensure our boys have a clear role in our family along with consistent, well-defined tasks. Part of that is being more stubborn than our kids. I was reminded of this when I heard what I am dubbing as the 'best quote ever on piano parenting'.

In Praise of Incrementalism

We are getting into the 3rd month of a new school year & it's feeling ... well, not so new anymore. Routines are set (or not set depending on your point of view). The weather may be changing, but unfortunately it also tends to lead to dropping many of those awesome routines we have set in place back in September. Then, I listened to a podcast that go me thinking ... how can I help my students (& myself) stay motivated during a time of year that lends itself more to snuggling on the couch with a cup of tea & a good book, rather than sticking with our routines & goals?