Keyboard, Pinterest for Piano Teachers

Top 3 Pinterest Pages For Piano Teachers

Are you on Pinterest? When logging on, most people pin one of three things: pictures of food/recipes, crafts/do-it-yourself projects, and wish lists (houses they wish they could afford, clothes they want to wear, etc.) Are you on Pinterest? When logging on, most people pin one of three things: pictures of…

Editable Piano Certificate Piano Keyboard Border

New Editable Award Certificate

Recital season is upon us. I always find myself with extra work at this time of year! If you are in a similar situation, today’s freebie will make your life at least a little bit easier. Today I’ve added another free award certificate design.  This one features a piano keyboard border. The…

Ninja Note-Reading Worksheets, Music Theory, Ninja, Throwing Stars, Modern Music Teaching

Free Ninja Note-Reading Worksheets & an App Review!

This post contains Affiliate Links. See our Affiliate Disclosure for more information. For the past several weeks, my students have been working on a note-reading challenge. At the beginning of the challenge, I tested each child using these Snowman Flashcards that are available free from ComposeCreate.com, gave each student a…

Piano Keyboard, No fail Composing Activity for Beginning Piano Students

No-Fail Composing Activity for Beginning Piano Students

With the beginning of a new year, you may be introducing composition and improvising to your piano students. If you’re lucky, many of your students will take to it naturally. However, most of my students get pretty nervous when I tell them they are going to compose for the first…

Chris Thile Quote, "I do think that it's important that people who profess to be really interested in music expose themselves to the width and breadth of the great music available to them. In this day and age, that's everything."

The Importance of Exploring New Music

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a concert given by my husband’s favorite artist: renowned Mandolinist (and 2012 Macarthur Fellow) Chris Thile. Before the concert, I had heard many of his songs, but wasn’t particularly drawn to “the genre”. However, after watching Him perform, I’ve changed my mind….

free printable, editable piano certificate

Editable Award Certificates

 Today I’ve added a new page of Free Printable Award Certificates for your students. They are editable PDF’s, so you can change the student and award information to fit the needs of your studio. I used them for students who reported 100 hours of practice last school year. Some of…

Online Piano Competition and Giveaway

I want to let you know about a new YouTube performance competition for your students. It’s called “Piano Jam”, and it’s run through the digital sheet music website NoteRunner.com. All your students have to do is post a YouTube video of themselves playing a piece from this song list. The…

Free Sheet Music of the Week: “Skeleton Dance” by Mary Cumming

Today’s sheet music is Skeleton Dance by Mary Cumming, an intermediate piece that would be great for Halloween.  This song has four flats (but includes many accidentals), so it’s good for reading key signatures. There are also a lot of finger substitutions and crossovers, so it’s important that the student feels comfortable…