The Magic of Teaching Piano Using Mirroring

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I spend quite a bit of time working with my piano kids on developing fluency in their playing. Why? Because there's benefits for everyone when this "clicks" for them: 1. As the teacher you are able … Continue Reading →

Finding Your Method Book Soul-Mate

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If you head into any sheet music department, the majority of shelf space is taken up by the "giants" in the method book world.  It's not hard to quickly discover who the big guys are.   But before y … Continue Reading →

The Top 5 Piano Teaching Posts in 2013

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In 2013 Trevor and I wrote a combined 195 piano teaching posts. That’s 136 500 words of piano teaching advice… which just happens to be more words than were needed to write Harry Potter and the Pri … Continue Reading →

You Know That Awkward Moment Before They Break Down In Tears?…

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When one of my students has a hard time finding the right note or playing the right note, I feel like I should step in and show them how, but I also feel like I should give them some time to figure it … Continue Reading →

The Top 3 Piano Studio Clutter Monsters… and How to Tame Them

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If you were to walk into our home you'd know instantly that Trevor and I love simplicity and detest clutter.  Our house is completely white; walls, furniture, kitchen, carpet (yes... even with two … Continue Reading →

I’ll Admit It… I’ve Made A Mistake

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Like the post title says, I’ve made a mistake. And I learned from that mistake.  Truth be told, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’ve learned from each and every one of them. I’m not afraid to make mis … Continue Reading →

The Secret Weapon Great Pianists Share

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Great pianists have a secret weapon. Now depending on their age, the secret weapon may no longer play an essential role, but rest assured, in the earliest years of their piano education the impressive … Continue Reading →

One Simple Bit of Tech May Be a Piano Teacher’s Best Friend!

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We were reminiscing yesterday with our parents about the days when they had a party line on their telephone.  Everyone had a distinctive ring... and whether you chose to listen in on your neighbors' … Continue Reading →