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 […]

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 […]

The Beauty of a Routine

The Beauty of a Routine

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Class Routine

Wake up. Get out of bed. Brush your teeth. Quiet time. Exercise. Prepare lunch. Eat breakfast. Get dressed. Go to Work. It’s a good plan. I try to follow it every day.  TRY. Mostly I end up with a variation of this plan. But I have a plan! Your group piano class MUST have a […]