Real Kids, Real Solutions

What’s it like to teach real kids in the 21st Century? Join me as I discuss the rewards and challenges of teaching my typical and not-so-typical students. I’ll give you practical tips for helping all students grapple with the realities of processing music and information and the best ways to Continue Reading

Every Word Counts

“We really baked their chicken!” Brian exclaimed gleefully. “You did what?” I asked.  “Last night, when my Dad came back from the meeting with our neighbors he said, ‘We really baked their chicken.’” Hmm…. “Did he maybe say, ‘We really cooked their goose?’”  “Yeah, that’s it!”  Kids repeat, often word-for-word, Continue Reading

Hand On Head

It’s impossible “not to do” something. Don’t think about elephants. See?  Students react the same way. They can’t “not do” something. But they will comply with glee if they’re asked to do something. Especially if it’s goofy.  Sabine is learning the transposing piece, Baseball Cap, from Piano Town Lessons Level One.  Continue Reading

Tips for Helping Students Choose Their Own Pieces

Kids don’t get much real choice in life. One way I help my students develop their own sense of personal taste is to let them choose some of their pieces.  I use Piano Town  with all my beginning students so they’re already on a clear pathway built of steady, incremental steps. As they progress, I find Continue Reading