Review: InTune App

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When it comes to intonation, we pianists have it easy.   Playing in tune is as simple as striking the right key and having the piano tuner’s phone number handy.  But, if you teach other instruments, or ever work as a coach/accompanist, you know that for the rest of the musical world, intonation isn’t such a simple thing.   Earlier this year, Professor Dan Kazez … Continue reading

Rhythm Dictation Fun

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Nothing says spring time quite like flowers, sunshine and….. WORMS? During the months of April & May, our studio musicianship focus has turned to Listening & Ear Training.  At our group lessons last week, we added a fun spring time twist to rhythm dictation practice with these measuring worms I found at my local teacher supply store.   The worms come in 1, 2, 3 … Continue reading

“You Be the Judge” Critical Listening Cards

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Happy New Year!  I hope all of you enjoyed some well-deserved time off over the holidays and are feeling re-energized and ready to start a new semester.    If your studio calendar is anything like mine, spring time brings a variety of different audition, festival and recital opportunities.   My students are already hard at work (or back at work, in most cases) preparing repertoire … Continue reading

Halloween Resource Round-Up

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Looking for some fun Halloween-themed games and activities to use with your students this month?   Here’s a quick reference guide to all of the Halloween resources and game ideas available on Pianimation.com.  Enjoy! Games Pumpkin Patch Steps & SkipsTurn your studio floor or floor staff into a giant-sized step and skip game Build-A-Skeleton Interval Challenge A Halloween-themed game to play with interval flashcards Major-Minor Dash … Continue reading

KMTA Conference Follow-Up

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Thanks to all of you who attended this year’s KMTA Conference!  It was a pleasure to share some new games and “hands-on” musicianship resources with you.  I hope you discovered some new things to try with your students this summer and fall. Click on the link below to open an electronic version of your session handout that includes clickable links to each of the games … Continue reading

Listening Card Race

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Ah… summertime!  As I write this, I’m sitting on my back deck with my laptop, enjoying a little sunshine and fresh air, and a couple of weeks off of teaching before summer lessons start.   It’s nice to have a little bit of downtime to get back to some creative projects for the studio… and also have a chance to share a few of the … Continue reading

Sensory Spotlight: Rhythm Dictation

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I’ve posted several times about the beat boards and rhythm cards that are go-to rhythm aids in my studio.  I use them on a regular basis to introduce new rhythm concepts, and give my hands-on learners some extra practice on rhythm patterns (for more details, check out this post and this post). These aids are also a great interactive way to introduce and practice rhythmic … Continue reading

Easter Egg Melody Hunt

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It’s group week here at my studio… which means I have new games to share!  I apologize for the lack of new posts as of late.  The last few months I’ve been juggling a rather hefty list of “to-do’s” as a teacher, accompanist and event chairperson for a couple of local associations.   Between those responsibilities and a wonderful trip to New York for last … Continue reading

Spotify: Great Music Resource!

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U.S. teachers…. have you discovered Spotify?   This fantastic new music resource became available in the U.S. a few months ago.    It’s a web-based music library, much like iTunes, that allows you to search for recordings and store them in a personal library of playlists.   The exciting part?  You can access millions of recordings for FREE!   The site has a wonderful collection … Continue reading

Listening Challenge Worksheets

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One of the “New School Year” resolutions I set for myself this fall was to devote more time in lessons to listening.   A couple of workshops I attended last spring and summer challenged me to think about how often my students are exposed to really excellent, highly musical performances.    The short answer…. not enough!! In group lessons this week, I introduced these new … Continue reading