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Thinking Outside the Box … Looking Ahead When Things are Uncertain

Wouldn’t it be great if you could look in a crystal ball to see what is coming up?  It would certainly save a lot of time & wondering, wouldn’t it?  But, alas it not meant to be.  While looking ahead is important, we don’t get to know all the answers.  And, that isn’t necessarily a…

Student retentionUncategorized

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!