Wanted to say thank you to all who sacrificed their lives for our country. May your memories live on forever. This Patriotic Medley by Amy Potter is for them, how they served our country in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Thanks is just the beginning.
I'm always trying to find new ways to help piano students know the notes on the staff well. Board and card games are favorites with our students. They enjoy the opportunity to play a fun game where they are learning. Mostly they like to win and tell me all about it. Yet I have a game that I've used before and while looking for easy ideas to parents to print off, I found the Face Flashback Cards. To find this funny emoji face game, you need to find the website: colorfulkeys. Y
One of the recent games we've been doing is a chord worksheet that students are enjoying. I'm not sure where I found the game, yet it has been helpful in this time. When I figure it out where I found it, I'll let you know. I love the set up the of board game with the colorful monsters on it. The students appear to like it too. How we play is we pick a major or minor chord and we'll need legos, beads, small candy or whatever they happen to have around. Once we figure out the n
Olaf states that technology is our savior and doom. LOL. This week I've learned more about how to use technology to help the students succeed, including more about Zoom and Skype. Some have not been the best, yet others have brought on learning opportunities. I know that's good. I'm so blessed and thankful to learn how to do online lessons well. One of the things I've been working on is adding my phone to the Zoom or Skype lesson so the students are able to see what I'm playi
On Wednesday, March 13th I'll be one of the teachers for the takelssons.TV Classes. I'll be doing a free 45 minute class from 3-3:45 CST on vocal music theater. Those who participate will learn some basic vocal techniques and work on 2 songs: The Greatest Show (The Greatest Showman) and We're All in This Together (High School Musical). The TV class will be a live event where those who participate will be able ask me questions through the chat. I will not be able to see who is
Happy Mother's Day to every mother and women alive. No matter if you have children or you are a mentor, thanks for all you that you do. I can say that I'm so thankful for my mom, as she continues to support and love her children very well. Plus my incredible aunts, cousins, friends, coworkers and colleagues in my life who have been great role model. Thanks. Here is an excerpt from a play script called Mother's Day, where two siblings are pouring the ashes of their mom into th
Before the quarantine, my wife got this children's book that has really been speaking to me about the importance of doing what you're called to do, right where we are all at. For me that's teaching voice, piano and acting. This extremely easy read children's book goes through various emotions of the characters, especially Ivan, the silverback gorilla, Ruby, a baby elephant, Max the owner of the mall in Washington State that contains these exotic animals. I don't want to give
Daniel McFarlane is one of the many incredible composers that the student love to play. They are always begging for more songs from him. Daniel's music always sounds like movie soundtracks, which are relatable to the students. His website supersonicpiano.com is filled amazing music from early beginners to advanced. Really love the variety of music he creates. The song called the Sounds From Below is a great song that makes anyone think they are at the bottom of the ocean, fil