Friday Finds: Underground Conservatory

 

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I’ll admit, I’m not the teacher that is always up on all the “music/teaching” apps out there. Part of me can be a teensy-weensy bit slow at keeping up on that end. I was, however, happy to add to my iPad this week, TuneTrain especially for students who love to compose. The best part is that with a single tap, the student can transform their visual “picture” melody into actual notation. Fab. Continue reading

Friday Finds: Spring Inspiration.

 

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Did you know Music Mind Games has a rhythm solitaire app? It’s only $0.99 on the app store and will be a fun addition to my lab time. Rhythm and solitaire – a brilliant combination! Continue reading

Friday Finds: Names and Sheet Music

 

 

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I just printed out Julie Knerr’s 20-Ways to Practice for a Recital to use with my students in the two weeks leading up to their recital. I printed the list page on one side and then printed the 25-check boxes image on the other side of the page.

 

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One of my favorite hymns is It is Well with My Soul. I downloaded the studio license. It’s already loaded into my ForScore app ready to play on Sunday. Continue reading

Friday Finds: All the hype over this?

 

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The name “Clafoutis” alone makes me want to bake this beautiful french desert. Rustic, and cozy. I wouldn’t tackle a dessert like this without my cherry pitter though!

 

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How Joy has been using MLT in her studio since our trip to Boston for the MLT certification course last August.

 

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Friday Finds: Another perspective

 

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Another perspective on the madness.

 

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I couple of articles supporting the group over individual lessons. The Advantages of Small Group Classes and Private or Group by Dr. Robert Pace.

 

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Try Amazon Music Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial!

 

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Friday Finds: Teaching Tactics, Easter Roundup, and a Mashup

 

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4D Piano Teaching is starting a new series called “Tuesday Teaching Tactics.” I LOVE that it truly was a short idea – one paragraph – simple. Follow the site so you don’t miss out!

 

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This week I came across a Sheet Music Reviews website and their corresponding YouTube channel.
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Friday Finds: Colors

After being on a Friday Finds hiatus due to my Piano Pantry one-year anniversary celebration and the recent trip to the MTNA Conference in Baltimore, I’m back and ready to go for another great year of finds!

I thought it would be fun to take a peek back myself at the first few Friday Finds posts. I imagine many of you weren’t around then so if you want to check them out see Friday Finds #1Friday Finds #2, and Friday Finds #3.

Included in some of today’s finds are a couple favorites from those first few posts.

P.S. After I started this Friday Find post, I realized a color theme was emerging. Sometimes it just works that way!
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Friday Finds: Best Piano Solos

 

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Some great examples of tough emails we sometimes have to write when students aren’t practicing from Teach Piano Today.

 

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The story of how one teacher went from stressed out teacher to successful studio owner.

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Friday Finds: Carpet Squares and Vegemite

 

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Carpet Squares. I went to my local carpet store and asked if they had old samples they needed to get off their hands. They were happy to sell them to me for $1 each. I purchased 25. My original intent was to hand them out to families to use as bench “prop-ups.” Layering several of them is a perfect way to boost a little kiddo up on the bench without beeing too “cushy.” I just store them under a table in the studio.

While I haven’t gotten around to distributing to families yet, I HAVE found a use in my studio! They’re PERFECT for group classes – mostly for the little ones. I plop the rug down EXACTLY where I want them to sit for activities whether it’s a half circle for performances/listening, or a circle for a game. They love having their own spot.

A recent class discovered they like making their own “stage” when they do their music/movement using John Freierabend’s “Move It!” Video’s (which I recommended in a previous find). They’re wonderful movement activities set to Classical Music and the kids LOVE them – they always ask to do “one more.”

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Friday Finds: Have You Taught #3?

 

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This is one of those things that make you go “Oh, duh, why did I never think of that?!” Curious?

 

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Setting Up Your Browser to Increase Your Productivity. It’s the little things that make a difference!

 

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 I had a freshman beginning student who’s been with me a year and a half. She’s currently playing around Faber 2B level but is ready for a good challenge piece.

Paul Sheftel’s “Nocturne” was perfect. This is one of those pieces I will always keep a copy of on hand.

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