Review: InTune App

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

Scheduling Group Lessons

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I LOVE teaching group lessons.   Group lessons give students an opportunity to connect with their musical peers, and perform in front of them on a regular basis.  They also give us an extended time-frame to drill theory, listening and rhythm skills (which usually involves a lot of fun and GAMES!!).   … Continue reading

Sightreading Pattern Cards – New Sets

Last summer, I created a set of pre-reading pattern cards to use with my beginning students.   The cards use simple 5-note patterns of steps and repeated notes on a 2-line staff, and encourage students to read by pattern, rather than note name.  We’ve really enjoyed using these in the studio through the year, so this summer I decided to add 2 more sets of … Continue reading