Playing By Ear

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Methods

 When I was 6 years old I tried playing a few tunes by ear, but my piano teacher would not have it. I HAD to learn to read the notes.  I was horrible at reading notes until one day it all clicked – and now I read the notes very well. But what about playing […]

10 Reasons to Teach Piano in Groups

10 Reasons to Teach Piano in Groups

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 in 10 things

Let’s be real.  Teaching children to play the piano in a group setting is not easy. To adults? Maybe. But lately every time I think of group piano I have visions of a certain class.  Six students. Ages 6-8. Two of them talk continuously. One always want to follow his own agenda. Another one thinks […]

Drums in Piano Class

Drums in Piano Class

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Class Routine

  Drumming is an exciting way to learn and practice rhythms during piano class.  With drums students have the opportunity to feel the rhythm, hear the rhythm and imitate the rhythm. And if you want to practice hand position you can also do it on the drums! For example, if you are teaching “London Bridge”, […]

10 Things I Love About Group Piano

10 Things I Love About Group Piano

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in 10 things

Teaching piano in groups is not really that different from teaching one student.  Nevertheless here are 10 Things I love about it: It’s more exciting to create music in a group. Watching children help each other at the piano. The opportunity to teach Hot Cross Buns only once to 6 students at the same time!!! […]

Beautiful Hands!

Beautiful Hands!

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Technique

Flat fingers. Hanging thumbs. Wrists resting on the keyboard. Pinkies up in the air. Working on technique during a group lesson is a challenge and being consistent is the key to making it happen. Keeping your eyes on two or more pairs of hands is no small feat while trying to make music! But it […]