How to Plan for a Year’s Worth of Piano Lessons: Part 3 (The Fun Part!)

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A week ago I saw a Christmas display in Costco… can you believe that?! After my initial shock, I was reminded of how much I love Christmas (and also of how I “missed” Christmas last year thanks to a o … Continue Reading →

30 minutes of Shock and Awe; The Piano Teacher Trap You’ll Want to Avoid

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A teacher wrote to us recently feeling overwhelmed.  “I feel as though my lessons have become 30 minutes of “shock and awe”… I have so many awesome activities and ideas that I feel as though I’m pullin … Continue Reading →

Why Trevor Thinks We Mis-Named Our Dog and What It Means For Your Piano Teaching

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We have a dog named Marley… you know… like “Bad Dog Marley”. Trevor wanted to name him “The General” (I think in a failed attempt to boost the testosterone in an otherwise girl-dominated household). … Continue Reading →

7 Activities For $7.00… Amazing Piano Lessons on a Shoestring

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So my yearly order to Oriental Trading just went through… and my credit card is shedding some tears. But yours doesn't have to! Piano teachers have a lot of expenses, and there are easy ways to add so … Continue Reading →

You Simply Must Read this Picture Book on the First Day of Piano Lessons

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Yesterday I stumbled across a children’s picture book called Mole Music. Lexi (my oldest daughter) and I immediately fell in love with it! So much so, that as soon as I got home from the bookstore, I … Continue Reading →

The Method Book Dilemma Faced By Us All – Yearly Piano Planning Part 2

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If you’ve read through and executed Part 1 of our Yearly Planning Series you now have your very own piano teaching framework. The rest of this post assumes you've chosen "Option Two" to build your sc … Continue Reading →

By The End Of This Post You’ll Be Teaching Improv To Piano Students As Young As Five

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Let's face it... beginning piano music can be... boring! The simplicity of these pieces means getting your new students “jazzed” about method book music is not always an easy task. And this is why I l … Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Practice Away From The Piano: Part 2

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Last week, I shared the first of three strategies to kick off our "Practicing Away From the Piano" Blogging Series. If you missed that first post (and the free printable too!) check it out he … Continue Reading →