How To Read Your Piano Student’s Mind And Avoid A Disastrous Lesson

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At the start of every piano lesson I carefully observe my piano students as they begin their warm-ups. I feel much like Jane Goodall studying chimpanzees; engaging with her subjects all the while … Continue Reading →

How to Practice “Away from the Piano”: The Final Edition

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Can your piano students practice even when they don't have a piano in front of them? Yes! In fact, practice that happens "away from the piano" is very important and will do nothing but improve their … Continue Reading →

A Printable To Add Some Pizzazz to Your Piano Lesson Assignment Binders

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Every fall I revamp how I organize my piano student's assignment binders… I'm always thinking about how I can make their assignment books more engaging, more efficient and more… well… used! We've blog … Continue Reading →

13 Ways To Improve Your Piano Students’ Ear Training Skills

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I just LOVE seeing piano students who can sight read well.  It makes my heart sing. But another thing I love is seeing a piano student who has, (what we would probably refer to as) "good ears". And if … Continue Reading →

The One Question You Should Ask Before Breaking Out The iPad Piano Apps

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Last week Trevor and I took the girls on a mini-vacation… part of which involved a beautiful ferry ride through the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. Given that we both spend a good amount of our w … Continue Reading →

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 →