We just about had a heart attack yesterday as we sifted through our piano teaching posts, whittling them down to the Top 5 Posts of 2014.
Why the heart palpitations?…
Because there are now 722 posts on our blog… filled with piano teaching advice, tips and resources. Obviously time (and blog posts) fly when you’re having fun! But… the best part of our little “look back in time” was the 7,183 comments on our blog; comments from readers like you sharing their wisdom with the piano teaching world! What an amazing amount of knowledge. We are humbled daily by the wonderful people we are in contact with through this blog.
And so if you haven’t had time to read through all 722 posts (at a rate of 2 per day you’ll have ‘er beat by next New Years!) and the 7,183 comments on those posts, we thought we’d give you a snapshot of the Top 5 Piano Teaching Posts of 2014. Check out the links below for the crowd faves of the past year.
In 1st Place
By The End Of This Post You’ll Be Teaching Improv To Students As Young as 5. This post blew up on Pinterest and Facebook and kids all over the world now know how to take those freebie paint chips from a hardware store and turn them into their own compositions!
In 2nd Place
Your Not-So-Musical Parents Need This Piano Practice Cheat Sheet. This free printable was just what piano teachers seemed to need to encourage parental participation in home practice. One commenter summed it up by saying “Wow! As always, your ideas are so incredibly on time! A parent emailed me, wanting to help her children to practice better, and I was able to email back encouragement, and include the parent cheat sheet.”
In 3rd Place
Kick Flick: I You’ll Make Time For This Soccer-Themed Piano Teaching Game. This post caused MCH (Mass Commenting Hysteria) as over 547 comments were posted on this single post! The best part? Every comment is an insanely useful tip on how to save time in piano lessons (and therefore make the time to play amazing piano teaching games!) Check out the post for tips on how to store those games and use those games… and hear from seasoned teachers how to make your lessons as efficient as possible.
In 4th Place
The Boring-to-Brilliant Cheat Sheet – How to Pump Up The Excitement In Any Piece. Who doesn’t need these ideas! Sometimes there are pieces that aren’t particularly motivating… but they’re needed for their educational value. Over 1,100 Pinterest users decided that this post was a keeper!
In 5th Place
Why You Won’t Hear This Piano Teacher Complain… Even on Blue Monday. Blue Monday is on the horizon.. so you’d best check out this post as a pre-emptive strike. This was likely the most personal post I’ve ever written, and it hit home with a lot of teachers who shared some truly wonderful sentiments in the comments. Check it out for the boost you need.
Happy New Year… Let’s Make 2015 One To Remember!
Trevor and I have committed to making 2015 the best year yet on the TeachPianoToday blog. The resources we’re working on, the posts we have yet to write, and the enthusiasm we love to share with all of you is waiting in the wings. So, toast the New Year with anticipation and happiness knowing your piano teaching is about to get even better! Cheers and Happy New Year to all of you.