Piano Pronto in a Group Setting

Piano Pronto in a Group Setting

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 in Featured, Methods, Planning

I struggled for so many years trying to find a piano method that would be flexible to my studio needs. Dreaming of creating my own piano method was always in the back of my mind. Twenty-five years ago? That was next to impossible if you were not backed by a publishing house or had someone […]

Piano Camp Models

Piano Camp Models

Posted on Feb 26, 2019 in Featured, Piano Camp, Planning

Are you wondering how long your piano camp should be? Day Camp? Three, four or five days a week? How many hours per day? Overnight Camp? Will it include lunch or just snacks? Three models that I have used over the years. Keep in mind that these plans have taken place in a small piano […]

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. […]

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”. […]