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 →

Why Being Everything To Every Student Is Not Easy… But Worth It

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When Andrea and I were in Scotland we popped into the national museum to escape the rain and stumbled upon Dolly the cloned sheep. And while taxidermy’s not really our bag, it was still kind of cool t … Continue Reading →

Give People a Reason To “Like”, or better yet, Love Your Piano Studio

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Do you have a studio Facebook page, but don't have many "likes"?  Do you have lots of "likes" but no idea what to post?  Do you not have a Facebook page at all?  If you answered "yes" to any of these q … Continue Reading →

A Runner’s Guide To The Perfect Piano Performance

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These days when I head out for my daily run, I'm usually plodding off into the dark after tucking our girls into their very warm and very snuggly beds. These runs once earned a higher place in my … Continue Reading →

The Piano Teacher’s Secret Four Second Weapon

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I've been experimenting with something in my teaching lately and I'm excited about the results.  It's my favorite kind of experiment because it requires absolutely nothing… literally. I want my st … Continue Reading →

13 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Let A Student Go

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I'm a big fan of pros and cons lists. They're very systematic and it helps me to take the emotion out of almost every decision and then look at it logically.  We are often asked questions surrounding … Continue Reading →