Incentive charts give students a sense of accomplishment. Read this for more information about exactly how to use them in a lesson. Here’s a post about how to successfully use Mini Incentive Charts.
Washi Tape is a wonderful teaching tool. Students of all ages enjoy using it. When things get tough during a lesson, I often pull it out to help refocus a student. “Should we put some tape on this passage?” It also gives a little break from working hard and provides a Continue Reading
The key to being a great piano teacher is office supplies. Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but having tricks up your sleeve and brightly colored props does help. Post-Its are the first office supply I fell in love with. Here’s a post about using post-its to teach. And another. Everyone teaches Continue Reading
Here are various props that I regularly use for teaching. Click here to see all my articles and videos about teaching with props.
Years ago, I had a long-standing parent/teacher relationship nearly end after a series of puzzlingly nasty emails. I finally realized it was the medium, not the message. I picked up the phone and called the mother. We had it solved in less than five minutes. She’d misunderstood something in my tone Continue Reading
A few of my favorite beautiful teaching pieces. Enjoy! Cloud Gazing is in G major, with hand position changing only one note at a time. It’s a great piece to teach partly by rote to a student finishing up Level Three of most methods. Though it uses lots of pedal, Continue Reading
When I look for prizes and presents for students, I look for things that are gender-neutral, non-licensed, fun and interesting. (Don’t look here for Disney princess toys.) If they’re vaguely educational, that’s a bonus. If they’re just silly and fun that’s fine too. Here are some favorites.
Here are some of my favorite ways to help keep siblings and waiting students occupied, happy and quiet while I’m teaching.