On Friday Trevor and I received a parcel in the mail from a Teach Piano Today reader.
Inside the parcel were two beautiful jars of homemade honey. The honey was a thank you gift for helping a fellow piano teacher out; help that was certainly not worthy of the thought and effort that went in to sending us an offline gift!
But, with what turned out to be an unsettling weekend, the honey couldn’t have arrived at a better time. The honey reminded us, when we really needed it, that the online world is full of wonderful, thoughtful, and positive piano teachers and bloggers who work every single day to support and lift each other up.
And all of these wonderful people know that the best way to deal with difficult situations is…
A Few of the Many Wonderful Piano People
Dr. Christopher Fisher
Several years ago, when the Teach Piano Today blog was very young, Dr. Fisher participated in a Facebook chat for an event we were holding. Despite being relative “nobodies” at the time, Dr. Fisher gratefully accepted our invitation and prepared for the event as someone might who was presenting a Doctoral Thesis.
We had the good fortune of speaking with Dr. Fisher on the Teach Piano Today podcast recently, and again, he blew us away with his professionalism and kindness. Dr. Fisher is a renowned workshop presenter, and although the physical distance between our two towns means we have never had the opportunity to see him speak live, we can, nonetheless, highly recommend him!
Wendy is a wonderful blogger and gifted composer who offers “straight-up” piano teaching advice. Her blog is full of ready-to-implement strategies and resources. Wendy is also the creator of Rhythm Cup Explorations… an incredible resource that personally made me think… “Gack! Why didn’t I think of that!” 😉
I talked with Bradley for the first time on a podcast about improvising with piano students. His enthusiasm for improv was infectious and had me rushing out to buy books from his series All That Jazz that I’ve started using this fall. His blog is a treasure trove of information.
As a side note, his daughter has also started an incredibly creative and relevant virtual assistant business for performing artists called Skitterbug. Something to check out if you’re buried in administrivia!
Joy’s blog, ColorInMyPiano.com, is a wonderfully personal journey into the life of a piano teacher. Beyond sharing useful resources and teaching tips, Joy also lets us in to her day-to-day life. Her insights let us all know that we’re not alone.
Tim is a piano teacher and blogger from Australia. His blog has a pleasantly different and “cool” vibe. His insights and opinions are very relevant to the tech-crazy generation of students we now find ourselves teaching. He also was a guest on our podcast where we chatted about using an iPad in piano lessons.
We’re Not Done Yet…
I always feel a little uneasy when writing a post like this. I hate the thought of having to leave people out. But, at the same time, trying to write about all of the positive online piano people is a momentous task!
So, I have tried to narrow it down to a smaller list of people with whom we have personally interacted on a number of occasions. There are certainly many other wonderful people who we are enjoying getting to know such as Jennifer Eklund, Chris Foley, Susan Paradis, Erica Snipes, Jennifer Foxx and Dana Rice to name just a few!
And finally (and most importantly), there are all the readers of this blog. Our community here at Teach Piano Today has now grown to well over 10,000 positive and passionate piano teachers, and we feel privileged to help each and every one of you on your piano teaching journey!