The 12 Tip Guilt-Trip – How To Hammer Home The Importance Of Piano Recital Participation

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It's recital season… and that means you're busy planning, prepping and doing up programs. But are your participation numbers a little less than you'd hoped? Do you have piano students (and parents) w … Continue Reading →

What Piano Teachers Can Learn From Lexi’s Tongue-Twisted Spelling Test

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After helping Lexi with her spelling dictation last night, Trevor's tongue is sufficiently twisted. The night involved Trevor reciting the sentences she had brought home while Lexi attempted to record … Continue Reading →

How To Make Piano Lessons a Safe Haven For Troubled Students

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Our youngest daughter turned three in October. At this stage, many parents would be relieved that they made it though the “terrible twos”. But truth be told, we didn’t feel relief because Halle was a l … Continue Reading →

Is Sleep the Final Piece of the Perfect Practice Puzzle?

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I'm always interested in ways to make piano practice more efficient and more effective for my students. I believe that the more we understand about how humans learn, the better adjustments we can make … Continue Reading →

5 Ways Beginning Piano Students Can Sound Better… Faster

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Beginning piano students have a lot to think about: note reading, rhythm, coordination, posture... their brains are busy! It is therefore easy to get caught up in the mechanics of learning a piece and … Continue Reading →

What a 7-Course New York City Dinner Taught Me About Teaching Piano To Kids

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My mom is an amazing cook. This means I am in the fortunate position of sampling some pretty amazing culinary treats… (Mom: if you're reading this, we're free for dinner tomorrow by the way. Just say … Continue Reading →

How Four “Mistake-Busters” Can Turn Students Into Sight-Reading Superstars

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Want to strike fear into the hearts of pianists great and small?… Spring some sight-reading on them! My piano students are not what you might call "sight-reading super fans". I am not what you might c … Continue Reading →

Why Teach Piano Today Readers Will Be Racing To Their Computers On Monday Morning

Today we want to fill you in on one more treat for our Teach Piano Today readers. You can learn about it in the video below… but I hope you take the time to read this first… Whew! What a week! With th … Continue Reading →