Mixed Ages- part 3

Mixed Ages- part 3

Posted on Feb 25, 2019 in Class Routine, Featured, Methods, Planning

It is so exciting to see the many ways that group piano teaching has blossomed over the past 20 years. I’ve mentioned the different styles before, and with today’s post I wish to highlight just one. Read part 1 and part 2 here. The group piano class for mixed ages allows students to build friendships, […]

Preschool Piano

Preschool Piano

Posted on Feb 24, 2019 in Featured, Planning, think

This blog post first appeared on missdorla.com You won’t be alone if you were wondering why children are encouraged to start piano lessons early. While every parent would fancy the thought of bringing up the next world famous pianist, enrolling in a preschool piano class doesn’t necessarily mean you want them to become professional musicians. […]

Posted on Feb 17, 2019 in Featured, think

This post first appeared on missdorla.com We don’t talk about this enough and we should. The idea that waiting until a child is 9 years old to begin their musical learning needs to vanish.  We live in a different world. Music learning has to be handled differently. Fifty-five years ago families were still singing together […]

What is Musical S.T.E.M.?

What is Musical S.T.E.M.?

Posted on Feb 16, 2019 in Featured, Methods, Piano Camp

In just a few words, Musical S.T.E.M. is a curriculum for playing the piano with science, technology, engineering and math. (sign up now and to receive a 10% discount). Have you planned your summer piano camp already? As I mentioned in a previous post  our teaching and learning has become increasingly segregated. We separate the arts from the sciences. In fact, when […]

Teaching Group Piano Like a Boss

Teaching Group Piano Like a Boss

Posted on Feb 4, 2019 in Classroom management, Featured, Logistics, Planning

What does LIKE A BOSS mean? According to the Cambridge Dictionary it is an informal way to say that “someone does something very well”. Better yet, the Urban Dictionary gives 7 different ways to explain the term which include, “something someone did that was amazing or awesome”, “to do anything with authority even when its not needed”. […]