Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk

Posted on Aug 3, 2019 in Featured, Logistics, Planning

Facebook is a very popular “go to” place for advice. Just “google it”, we say. Let’s see what comes up! I really don’t know why we think it is OK. Probably because it’s free. Maybe because it is somewhat anonymous. Then there comes a time when you need to find clarity about what you should […]

Organize Your Year

Organize Your Year

Posted on Jul 27, 2019 in Featured, Planning

A lesson plan is essential to have when teaching group piano lessons, but have you considered planning your whole year ahead of time? I am in the midst of planning. As of today, a hot day in July, I have only planned up to December. What I know Which day classes begin in August and […]

Importance of Group Piano

Importance of Group Piano

Posted on May 8, 2019 in Featured, Planning, think

Let’s be real.   Teaching children to play the piano in a group setting is not easy. Today, I am thinking of a group piano class that meets at 3:30 pm on Fridays.  Six students. Ages 7-12. Two of them talk continuously. Even with headphones on. One always want to follow his own agenda. Another […]

No Practice Required

No Practice Required

Posted on May 2, 2019 in Featured, Piano Camp, Planning

This post includes the original post at www.missdorla.com Week by week. Year after year. Students arrive at their piano lesson without practicing their assigned pieces. Week by week. Year after year. Piano teachers try to find ways to entice students to practice. Piano students are “let go” from piano studios because they do not practice. […]

Total Fiasco?

Total Fiasco?

Posted on Apr 24, 2019 in Featured, Logistics, Piano Camp, Planning, think

Last year I had “the best idea ever” as I planned for summer piano classes. I had heard a great motivating podcast, I contacted the right people, I bought all the equipment, I created a buzz, I thought I did all the right things. I just failed to ask the parents and students what they […]