Wordless Wednesday

This was a music project that I did with a student last year… the “non-concert concert.”

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Ask the Experts: Repertoire for Teens

Last week I asked some of my favorite blogging friends to help me create a post about some of our favorite repertoire for teens and tweens. I’m so happy that I did this little project with them, because now I have some really wonderful pieces to add to my repertoire library.

I hope you enjoy this contributor post. My hope is to do more of these in the future. (P.S. – If you have a topic you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments!) Continue reading

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3 Off Bench Activities for Young Piano Students

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Finding “off bench” activities for very young piano students can sometimes feel a little bit tricky. They don’t have enough music theory knowledge to play the  games you use with regular beginners, and most of the cool music apps out there are too tricky for them to use just yet.

Here are a few activities that I keep in my toolbox to help my  piano littles avoid getting restless or bored during lesson time… and two downloadable freebies at the bottom of the post. Skip to the downloads! Continue reading

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Introducing Lead Sheets

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Just a little snapshot of Caroline as she works on syncing up with a backing track from Supersonics Piano Plus. The pieces she’s working on come from the Supersonics Piano Blast Off! Galaxy Pack by Daniel McFarlane, which contains a whopping total of 576 pieces in 6 different keys. (C, G, D, A, F, and E).

Daniel’s reproducible book incorporates solid technique and lead sheet reading, so it’s a resource that I love to use with older beginners because it helps them sound awesome from Day 1. Before I introduce the backing tracks, I often improvise with my students to give them a sense of how much “fuller” the sound can be if we add more rhythmic and harmonic interest. Continue reading

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Book Club: Coffee With Ray

51+03Jfvv8L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_.jpegCoffee with Ray has been sitting in my “to read” pile for the past several weeks. While I will admit to peeking through a few pages, I’ve been saving it for my trip to Vermont at the end of March.

Recently I had a really unique opportunity to speak with the author Nick Ambrosino as part of an upcoming webinar series about teaching tweens and teens.

Hands down, that was one of my favorite experiences in our project, and now I’m really looking forward to reading this book on my trip!

Here’s a little snippet about Coffee with Ray from GoodReads: Continue reading

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