Why My Students Are Going To Start Cleaning The Piano Studio

Twelve years ago Trevor and I went to San Francisco. I have no idea why we haven’t been back since because it was one of the coolest cities we have visited. We, of course, hit up all of the major a … Continue Reading →

Even My Perfect Piano Students Need These 7 Focus-Enhancing Activities


It's pretty hard to keep Trevor and I entertained. We are not the type to spend the day at home puttering. On the weekends, our house acts as a place to pack a lunch and then crash into bed at night. … Continue Reading →

When It Comes To Teaching Piano… This Makes All The Difference

Piano Teaching Purpose

It frustrates me when a student forgets a cheque, or misses a cheque… or bounces a cheque. It frustrates me when a student forgets a lesson, or misses a lesson… or asks for a make-up lesson. And it fru … Continue Reading →

Chatting Contemporary Music With the One and Only Christopher Norton


If you teach piano, it's likely you teach Christopher Norton's music on almost a daily basis. His name is synonymous with "The composer who creates the music my students always love." To say … Continue Reading →

I Cringe If My Students Don’t Know These 3 Things


I'll never forget the time I accepted a transfer student who had moved to my area.  She arrived with the books she had been using previously as well as all of her old lesson notes.  I scanned through t … Continue Reading →

“That Looks Too Scary”… The Importance of Visually Different Music for Piano Students

Visually Varied

How often do you break free from your method book?  How often do your piano students have the opportunity to play from sheet music that looks visually "different"?  If you're mostly supplementing from … Continue Reading →

The Huge Practice Mistake That Thousands of Piano Students Are Making


How were you taught to learn something new, or to fix a mistake when you were a piano student? Your answer is likely "Drill it.  Over and over and over and over." Do you still force yourself to sit do … Continue Reading →

Check Out A Piano Teacher’s Cure For The Long Weekend Blues


If you’re like Trevor and I, you’ve probably spent every day after Easter looking forward to the May Long Weekend. While it’s not quite summer, the May Long Weekend means it’s time to break out flip fl … Continue Reading →