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No Candy! No Stickers! How to establish a proper piano practice routine

How to motivate students to practice

What is practicing? Studying and practicing are often looked at as memorization and drilling, that is performed over and over again until the information is seared into the brains. However, for most, memorization is an inefficient and stressful path to understanding and capability. Many studies have been conducted about piano and practice in general, and […]

Step Skip Repeat Reinforcing Pre-intervalic Music Reading

Step. Skip. Repeat. Racing Game

While interval concept is quite hard to grasp for the young piano learners, step, skip, and repeat terms relate better since they actually describe motion. That is why to secure success in interval understanding in the future it is suitable to start with learning steps, skips and repeats firstly.  The ability to operate those terms […]

Counting to Success: Counting the Beat Clip Cards

count-the-beat-clip-cards

Beat clip cards are a fun way to diversify the learning of note values and beat counting. These cards are designed to teach and improve the understanding of note and rest combinations. Being rudimentary, these cards only focus on 2/3, 3/3 and 4/4 time signatures. Featuring 3 levels, player group flexibility and bonus preparatory clip […]

Games Approach in Teaching Piano and Theory

In the twenty years of being a piano and music teacher, I have made a variety of mistake. Fortunately, I have also undoubtedly learned immeasurable amounts of things from my students. One of the most important things that I have learned is how kids like to learn. Their education capabilities are influenced by their environment, […]

Holiday Rhythm Race Game and Worksheets

When itโ€™s cold and snowy, and all music studios are bundled up and drinking hot cocoa in the anticipation of the winter recital. As a teacher, you might stop to wonder how could you possibly bring more holiday cheer into the studio? For that job, there is nothing better than a board game, and who […]

Interval Ninja Game, Beginner and Master Edition

Interval Ninja Game, Beginner and Master

Intervals are always a little scary for all students. Children have to read two notes in a row, plus predict the distance between them. As a matter of fact, it is incredibly valuable to give children a comprehensive start. Help them to feel comfortable with reading intervals and furthermore recognizing them in a visual and […]

Space and Line Notes DINO Worksheets

Space and Line Notes DINO Worksheets

Parents are always surprised when their children start learning notes on the staff in two-three lessons. For many of them, who have never learned or played an instrument, the notation is almost like the art of Chinese hieroglyphs. It is always fun to see parentโ€™s amusement when their children do exercises and name notes, and […]

Black Keys! Why start the piano journey with learning it?

Printable Black Keys Flashcards

The easiest and the most logical way to introduce a new student to the piano is by learning the keyboard. While note reading and recognition on the staff and keyboard are quite a challenge, it might as well be postponed until the second/third lesson. Getting to know the white and black keys pattern could be […]

A Magical Way to Reinforce Note Learning

SAM - A Sorcerer, an Apprentice, and a Magician

The success of learning piano depends on a few factors. One of them is very clear and simple, but taking quite a long time until succession. It is a reading of music notation, especially with the children. Their brain is curious and learning fast. The mastering of anything has to be in a game-like environment. […]

Sight Reading as an Everyday Exercise

Sight-reading often appears to be one of the most important elements of a lesson, hence it must always be included in your lesson. Ear training, rhythm, creative and play at sight exercises are vital when you are growing a well-rounded and successful musician. Yet this type of activity is often neglected by many teachers. Even […]