5 Things Parents Should Know After Every Piano Lesson… #3 Is Too Often Forgotten

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I'm on a one-woman mission to get my piano parents more involved in the lesson process. Too many times my piano kids just charge out the door to a parent waiting in the car.  Sure it's easy this way, … Continue Reading →

My Piano Students Call Me Andrea… But Should They?

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When I was little I called all of my friends parents Mr. Friends-Dad or Mrs. Friends-Mom.  Calling them by anything other than that was completely out of the question. Now, even as an adult, when I … Continue Reading →

When This Piano Teacher Needs a Vacation… Here’s What I Do!

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The sun was streaming in the windows of my studio last week and everything was nice and warm and daffo-dilly outside.  I took one look at my piano student and knew he wanted to be outside just as much … Continue Reading →

The Piano Teacher’s Cheat Sheet To Teaching a New Piece

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"How do you teach a brand new piece of music to a student?" We get this question from piano teachers a lot.  Usually padded with embarrassment, bursts of honesty and explanations of how just coping … Continue Reading →

Teaching Piano With Toilet Paper Rolls

5 Toilet Paper Piano Games

While tidying the girls washroom the other morning I discovered 23 toilet paper rolls tucked in the recesses of the sink cabinet. The good news: my girls change the toilet paper rolls. The bad news: … Continue Reading →

3 Ear Training Tricks That Your Piano Kids Can Use Today!

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I skipped my rhythmic dictation class in University more times than I'd like to admit. Trevor and I would head over to the cafeteria for hash browns and french toast instead. And while it was a great … Continue Reading →

5 Ways To Recognize One Note – How To Read Notes On The Staff

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It seems everyone has a theory on how best to teach piano students to recognize notes on the staff. Some teachers live and breathe mnemonics while other teachers loathe mnemonics. Some teachers drill … Continue Reading →

How To Teach Piano To An Overnight Success

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Every weekday morning I take Lexi to school and spend the first 15 minutes of the day reading with her and her classmates. I love to start my day this way! It is very inspiring to watch young children … Continue Reading →