Teachers – what is your superpower? My piano teacher superpower seems to be teaching intermediate historical repertoire in a way that allows my students to play expressively. I love getting my students engaged with works by the great masters, including one of my all-time favorites, Franz Schubert, whose Waltz in B minor, D.145 / Op.18, No.6 will be discussed here.
Andrea West is a piano teacher, graphic designer, and marketing director who recently held an outside piano recital on her front porch! Rather than canceling her recital due to Covid concerns, she thought outside the box to create a fun and memorable experience for her piano families. Please enjoy Andrea’s article on eight simple steps for hosting an outdoor piano recital.
Jennifer Bowman is a composer and piano teacher who organized a fully-online piano workshop with composer Christopher Norton. In this article, Jennifer shares how she arranged this highly successful online event for her piano studio in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this global crisis, piano teachers everywhere have been challenged to pivot and adjust to teaching music lessons online. The COVID-19 pandemic has truly been an unprecedented time for embracing technology to the fullest! With trial and error, my little pianists and I have found some creative ways to keep piano lessons fun while online. I hope you’ll enjoy trying these ideas with your students!
Learn how using newsletters to organize your thoughts and streamline communication with your piano studio families creates efficiency, excellent communication skills, and parents who look forward to reading newsletters. Plus, you can spread the word about openings in your studio, special events, and other important news easily!
Does your piano studio include students of all ages? How about tiny little preschoolers who are full of energy, endlessly enthusiastic, and always ready for adventure? Please enjoy this article and take note of this fun collection of tips and ideas for teaching the youngest piano students.
“As I have been thinking about my own students and this new year, I am contemplating the long view. What lifetime goals do I envision for my students’ involvement with music.” -Dr. Steve Betts. Please enjoy this article on envisioning lifetime goals for our students’ involvement in music, and using those goals to guide our teaching.
I am so pleased to introduce the author of this guest post, Tiffiney Harms. She is a music professor, pianist, and dear friend, and we have known one another since 2005. Wow, has it really been that long? Read on for the rest of that story, and please enjoy this thought-provoking and beautifully-written article on how we can build a foundation of mutual trust, respect, and musicality within the context of music lessons.