Hands On Teaching, Part 2 – Fitting it All In

Last week, I shared some thoughts on why I believed that games and structured play are so important in private music lessons.  This week, let’s take a look at how we can incorporate them into lessons on a regular basis. If there’s one downside to using games, it’s that they’re time consuming.    Some weeks we’re hard pressed just to hear the pieces our students have practiced, … Continue reading

Mission: Music Incentive

Bring on the school year!  All of my new studio incentive materials are back from the printer and ready to find their way into the hands of my students.  For any of you looking for incentive ideas, here’s a look at what we’re doing this year: This new studio incentive is a little bit “Mission: Impossible” and a little bit “Amazing Race.”   Each student … Continue reading

Hands-On Teaching… Part 1

If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I use a LOT of games and teaching props with my students.   Thanks to a few wonderfully active students who came through my door a handful of years ago (and drove me nearly to the point of exasperation), I’ve come to embrace a very multi-sensory, “hands-on” approach to elementary piano lessons.  We … Continue reading

The Right Notes

Every so often, a bright new idea comes along in the world of music pedagogy that makes you wonder, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before??”   The Right Notes is one of those ideas. Show of hands… how many of us find time to consistently and systematically introduce our students to music history?  Stories about the great composers, facts about period styles and instruments… Anyone??  … Continue reading

A Little Monday Fun….

Let me start with a disclaimer:  This post has absolutely NO educational value.  That said, I couldn’t resist sharing. 🙂   I discovered this little piece of student artwork last night as I was digging through my office closet, pulling out supplies for the new studio incentive I’m working on at the moment.   A former student drew this on a marker board one day … Continue reading

Hands On Rhythms – New British Edition

For all of my friends and colleagues who live in the U.K., Australia and other places around the world that prefer the term crotchet to quarter note….   I’m happy to announce the availability of a new version of my Hands On Rhythms curriculum with British English note terms. I’ve had requests from a couple of teachers for a version of the Teacher’s Guide and Student Workbook with … Continue reading

Giveaway Winners

The winners of the Pianimation launch store giveaway are……. #3 – Alice, who wins a copy of Hands-On-Rhythms, and #25 – Karen, who wins a copy of Head and Shoulders, Ears and Toes Congratulations, Alice and Karen!!  Look for a separate email from me with links to download your copies.   Thanks to all of you left comments and kind words about the site – … Continue reading