How to Talk so Kids Will Listen

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By Patrick Fritz I am currently in the process of re-reading a helpful book about communicating effectively with children. A few years ago, after an influx of young students with very big personalities, I realized that I needed some strategies for more effective communication. The drudgery of endless pleading, coaxing, begging, bribing, and the over-enthusiasm… Read more »

Should We Stop Saying “Good Job”?

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A few weeks ago, I saw the fabulous movie “Whiplash” about a dedicated drummer vying for the praise and attention of his intensely effective yet sometimes abusive college professor. If you haven’t seen this film, make it a priority as soon as you have the opportunity. As a teacher, it stayed on my mind for… Read more »

Finding the Fun in Scales

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By Marc Powell I have not met many students who love playing their scales. Scales are the green vegetables that are left on the plate and passed off to the dog under the dinner table. Here are some quick tips to help inspire your students to enjoy their scales: 1. Change up the rhythm: If… Read more »

New Semester…. New teacher?

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So it is Spring 2015, you have a great studio, but you still have that one student who you just aren’t clicking with. Your personalities don’t match, you don’t communicate well, you haven’t been able to figure out their learning style… Whatever the reason is, it is not a crime. Every teacher is going to have… Read more »

Learn To Sing

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By Jamey Mann The voice is one of the most important instruments/tools a musician can learn to use. Training the voice the proper way is essential if a student wants to study at the collegiate level and reach their full potential. In fact, at all major music schools ear and aural training are part of… Read more »

Giving Back With Your Studio

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Each December, I like for my students to participate in some type of performance for charity. This year, we held our second annual “Piano Play-a-thon“, where students put together a program of up to five minutes, solicited sponsors to donate money to a local organization, and performed their pieces at a casual recital. This year,… Read more »

Strategies for Avoiding Mistakes

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A few weeks ago, I came across this article titled, “8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently.” http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/8-things-top-practicers-do-differently/ To summarize – experimenters observed a handful of piano majors as they learned a moderately challenging 3 bar excerpt during a single practice session. The experiment was designed to identify the practice habits that lead to a higher… Read more »

Above and Beyond: Offering More Than Lessons

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As a piano teacher, the bulk of my job is offering weekly lessons to my students. But if I stopped at that, I wouldn’t be setting my studio apart in my community or creating a wholistic learning experience for students of my studio. Yes, learning technique, repertoire and theory on a weekly basis is of… Read more »