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April 1, 2020

Just wanted to explain about some of the games I shared on the Free Resources. Hope this helps.

The first game is a 2 and 3 set piano race. It's a game for those of you who start students on the black keys first. The game is simple to play. You will need to print off th...

March 28, 2020

With the recent quarantine, I had a chance to learn more about how to add items to the site. So now you can check out some of the games we have and hopefully they will help you as a vocalist, actor/actress and piano player. Go to the Free Resources. Enjoy. More are com...

March 27, 2020

This week was my first week of online lessons and I will say that I learned some new tricks that I hope will be helpful to anyone teaching. I'll make the points simple.

Don't just "Be Prepared", as Boy Scout pledge or Scar's song. Be more than prepared for poor internet...

March 20, 2020

Within the nine years of teaching piano lessons through our studio, I've always been blessed to find "easier" songs to help that succeed. Some of them may not be familiar songs, yet have a fun tune to play and listen too. 

One of the songs has been The Chocola...

March 19, 2020

With all of the uncertainties in life now, for those of us who teach lessons, this is a time to learn more about how to teach online. I've done some lessons using Skype and FB Messenger in the past 9 years. They have done well for what we need. Yet I've also heard more...

March 14, 2020

At the beginning of the year, I came across a piano duet called Syncopate Sam by Martha Mier, through Alfred Music. The duet is actually uses two pianos, which is great when the first keyboard we obtained is used during the lessons. Need to find more ways to incorporat...

March 12, 2020

This is Bree Alexander. She is a high school student and has been taking lessons for over a year. In the journey of her lessons, she has been bitten by the composing 'bug". In fact, she has recently created some music in the last month. 

During the month of January and...

March 10, 2020

The past weeks have been busy focusing on working at schools for Middle School Festivals and finally got done on Saturday, playing for 40 band and vocal students. When I got home, I needed to rest. Now life is a bit back to "normal". 

When teaching people to play p...

February 22, 2020

Recently I've been working on helping students with fingering issues, like when they don't use their thumb or pinky, especially when the song has five notes. For example, if a song has CDEFG, I try to get all of their fingers on those notes to help them succeed. At tim...

February 18, 2020

Many years ago I came across the idea of using the game board of Candy Land through laytonmusic.wordpress.com. The idea takes the original game and adds notes on the Grand Staff, piano keys and a few basic music theory concepts of dynamics and clefs. What an amazing id...