Exploring the Cognitive Benefits of Piano Instruction with Dr. Frances Rauscher

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As a piano teacher we see first-hand every day the many positive effects that music instruction has on our students… but how much do you know about the research behind the cognitive benefits of music e … Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Practice Away From The Piano: Part 1

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One of my students is away for three weeks this summer.  “I won’t be able to practice!” he grinned at me in his typical mischevious way.  Oh little man… do I have a surprise for you…. We’re into writi … Continue Reading →

How To Control The “Trickle Down Effect” in your Piano Studio

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Recently, I completely changed the way I eat. Through a program designed to discover food sensitivities I rapidly realized that everything I ate had some sort of "trickle down effect" into almost e … Continue Reading →

Could This Technique Improve Your Piano Students’ Abilities?

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Today on the TeachPianoToday Podcast we're interviewing Robert Rickover; an expert in the Alexander Technique.  For those of you who just asked "What's that?", or for those of you who have heard of … Continue Reading →

8 Wise Ways to Save Time in Your Piano Studio

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In an attempt to stream-line my increasingly busy life I've decided to check 8 things off my list of "never-get-a-chance-to-do" tasks.  You know the ones… those tasks that niggle in the back of your mi … Continue Reading →

How To Teach Piano To Adult Students, With Pete Jutras

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If there's one person who knows what makes adult piano students tick... it's Pete Jutras. As Editor of the Clavier Companion magazine, he's no stranger to the world of piano… or the world of adult p … Continue Reading →

7 Different Ways To Use Duets… All In One Piano Lesson

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Recently, I challenged myself to use duets for everything me and my piano students did together in one lesson. Why? Because duets are one of the most important and motivating tools we piano teachers … Continue Reading →

How To Teach Piano Students To Overcome Performance Anxiety

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How many times in your piano teaching career have you sent a perfectly prepared piano student on stage only to see her completely crumble under the pressure?  Have you wondered if there is more you … Continue Reading →