September 8, 2020

If you use Zoom for online lessons, you'll want to make sure to watch this video on how to enable the new high-fidelity music mode (rolled out September 2020). Both you and your students will need to make these changes in order to get the full benefit of HiFi. You'll a...

August 4, 2020

Have you been holding out on switching to online teaching? With COVID here for a while, many of us are faced with the prospect of teaching music lessons behind a computer screen for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t dived into online teaching yet, it’s not too lat...

April 9, 2019

Davis and I recently gave a presentation at the MTNA National Conference called “Dynamic Business Duos: Supercharge Your Studio with Strategic Partnerships” about the power of teamwork for music teachers. We did a lot of research about collaboration to prepare and also...

March 18, 2019

Download the Piano House Challenge here!

Davis and I love doing creative projects for our students. (You’ve probably figured that out by now.) And when we work together, we’re able to do larger-scale projects than we could complete on our own.

A few summers ago, we set a...

March 13, 2019

Is that hard spot just not getting worked out with your student? Maybe it’s time to take things up a notch with this frustratingly effective game.

In Philip Johnston’s book, The Practice Revolution, he gives many different ideas for practice strategies, but The Seven St...

March 6, 2019

As musicians, we’re used to dealing with foreign languages. We learn Italian tempo markings and texts for Latin masses. We take coursework to pronounce German and French for art songs and operas.

But what happens when your choir sings in Swahili? Or an edition of a piec...

February 26, 2019

In my first few years of teaching, I was plagued with an array of spreadsheets, paper records, and repeated trips to the bank.

I also spent far too much time on email and other forms of communication--usually just repeating myself again and again!

As Angela and I ha...

February 19, 2019

My students love ninjas. A lot. There's just something fun about them, and the idea of training and leveling up your skills fits well with the work we do as musicians.

I've embraced a ninja theme in my studio this semester, and it has been a hit! I'll do a separate post...

February 12, 2019

Marketing your studio can be overwhelming, but some organization can help! Davis and I recently gave a presentation on studio marketing at MusicEdConnect, and we decided to organize the information from our talk into a handy checklist.

This list covers everything you ne...

February 5, 2019

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This week we are sharing some fun dynamics cards that feature colorful monsters! This is a great hands-on resource to help your students learn the hierarchy of dynamics, improvise, and more!

Simply print, cut, and laminate these cards to get star...

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