Practicing How to Practice

Today on my piano teaching blog, I shared a resource that my students have LOVED. If you’re a parent of a young pianist, then you have probably heard a variety of practice strategies in your home. There’s the quick student – plays everything through...
All Together – Rote Teaching Ideas

All Together – Rote Teaching Ideas

My newest piece All Together is a piano trio for mid to late elementary level students. The idea was to use a C scale up and down – no crazy accidentals and just have students focus on their own rhythm. So many different rhythms combine but mostly, everyone is...
Jump Practice

Jump Practice

Today, I’m sharing a quick worksheet to go along with my new piece, “At The Edge”. Students have plenty of octave jumps so this exercise is aimed at getting them comfortable moving the same chord/cluster up and down octaves. When my students are...
Groovy Duo Recording

Groovy Duo Recording

One of my students & I performed Groovy Duo for an area talent show last week.  Our performance was a hit and we experimented with the idea of trading places in the middle of the piece which turned out to be a lot of fun! I wanted to share a video from our...
Left Hand Practice Page

Left Hand Practice Page

“Why do I have to practice Hanon?” Ever heard that question? Sometimes it’s hard for students to see the relationship between their technique exercises and repertoire. I love when pieces use a certain scale or arpeggio patterns that we’ve been...
Spring Duet

Spring Duet

Recently as I was teaching one of my pieces, “Spring”, I felt like it would be so lovely with a smooth duet to accompany the student. If you don’t know it by now, I LOVE duets – for the sounds they create beyond solo capabilities (especially at...
Silent Night Practice Guide

Silent Night Practice Guide

It’s that awesome day, when the student receives a new solo sheet music that they are so excited about! They can’t wait to learn and perform the music for their family and friends so they leave excited to practice. Only to come back the next week saying...