If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em – The Piano Teacher’s Guide To Playing Nice With Sports

Sports vs Piano Lessons

Spring time… the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, sports are starting… oh crap… sports are starting!  For many piano teachers, spring marks the start of Missed Piano Lessons Season, where … Continue Reading →

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 →