(New!) Measure Cards

Want a fun new way to teach your beginning students the concepts of time signatures, measures, AND counting by measures (all at once)?  Check out this new printable card set! When I teach time signatures to young students, we use the analogy of a house… a funny house with rooms that are ALL the same size.  We lay out evenly-spaced popsicle sticks to represent the … Continue reading

Group Lessons: Planning Curriculum

Earlier this month, I shared a post about the administrative side of my group lesson program that focused on how I structure and schedule groups.  In this follow-up post, I’d like to share a little more about the teaching side of groups – what a typical group lesson includes, and ideas for adapting group activities to accommodate students of varying levels.      Group Lesson … Continue reading

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

This Is Your Brain on Music… Party Time!

We did it!  Thanks to many long hours of work throughout the school year, my students musicianship binders have gone from being blank slates:   to well-checked, stickered and tallied records of all they’ve accomplished this year!   As a part our “This is Your Brain On Music” incentive program, students earned Cranium Coins for each of the musical goals and tasks they accomplished through … Continue reading

Gemstone Scale Cards

It’s scale month in my studio!  This February, we’ve put a special emphasis on scales – building them, playing them, memorizing them… you name it, we’ve done it!   Several of my students are preparing for spring theory exams, so it’s given us a good opportunity to review the foundations of scale construction.  And thanks to our February extra credit incentive challenge that rewarded students … Continue reading

KMEA Conference Follow-Up

Edit:  Unfortunately, this session was cancelled due to inclement weather.  I’m still in Kansas City waiting on the snowplow to find our neighborhood instead of enjoying a day with colleagues in Wichita. 🙁  I had set this message to auto-post while I was on the road, and forgot to un-schedule it.  But… in case any of you might find use for the handout, I’ll leave … Continue reading

Music Alphabet Word Games

Learning grand staff note names isn’t anyone’s favorite part of music lessons.  It’s a long process that takes lots of repetition and patience… and a game or two along the way to spice that process up certainly never hurt!  Here are some more game ideas to add to your note name-teaching bag of tricks: These game cards may look familiar to some of you who … Continue reading

Musical Truth or Dare

Anyone up for a game of truth or dare?   Don’t worry… unlike the version of the game you might have played in junior high, this new musical rendition won’t require any red-faced confessions or pranks worthy of the principal’s office.   It will give you a fun way to review note names and intervals with your students!  This game challenges students to demonstrate their knowledge … Continue reading

Halloween Resource Round-Up

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

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