Lazin’ Around … Teacher Style

Over the summer, I like to make a list of tasks that I want to accomplish before the rush of a new school year starts. While I like to relax as much as the next person, there is something about extended periods of doing nothing that just doesn’t work for me.
Rather than making a big list (like I usually do), this year I thought I would focus on big-picture goals or ideas that I could easily get into … once the euphoria of lazing on the deck wears off.
Here are the resources that will help me reach those big picture goals!

The Recital Is Over … Now What?

Having a studio recital is a lot of work.  And, it’s completely worth it.  But, you may be thinking, “The recital is over … now what?”  Maybe you are feeling burnt out or “burnt out adjacent” (the feeling of don’t-add-anything-more-because-I-am-JUST-barely-able-to-get-everything-done).  Having some post recital ideas to keep lessons engaging is a must!

How to Set Up an Effective Routine Before Lessons Start

Setting up a routine is important for having a successful year.  Not only does it ensure we make time for the concepts we want to teach, it makes time for when we need to step back and let our students lead.  For our special needs students, a routine can be the thing that makes piano lessons a safe and enjoyable part of their week. How are you getting ready for back to lessons?

Teaching Sound Before Sight or The Chicken vs. The Egg Dilemma

Whether it’s Pestalozzi, Mason, Suzuki or Gordon the idea of teaching aurally before getting students to read goes back hundreds of years.  Yet many teachers tend to teach music from the notation first & aurally second.  When it comes to a practical approach of teaching sound before sight it can feel a bit like the …