Get a Great Deal on an Annual Subscription to Sproutbeat

I just wanted to let you know that the iPad app SproutBeat that I use a lot during my student’s music lab time is running a sale for 15% an annual subscription for new sign-ups. This is a GREAT deal. If you’ve been thinking about trying it, now is the time.

If you’re interested in reading a little more about how I use the app in my studio, see this post.

The discount ends on December 16.  

Happy Holidays from SproutBeat®

5-Days of Giveaways | 04: Sproutbeat App

It’s day four of the one-year anniversary celebration of Piano Pantry!

Thank you to everyone who entered Friday’s (day 3) giveaway. Congratulations to Kathy Beemer, winner of the 1-year subscription to Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Magazine!

I’m only giving away items that I currently use and love. Unlike the rest of the days, because of the nature of the final ($75) surprise giveaway, entries will be open for three days and will close at 12:00 am on Friday, March 17. Curious? You’ll have to come back tomorrow for the final reveal!

Today’s sponsor is Eik Siang Mar, owner and creator of the Sproutbeat App. I first met Eik at MTNA 2016 and enjoyed getting to know her more at the Ohio MTA conference this past fall. If you know or see Eik at MTNA, please join me in thanking her for sponsoring today’s giveaway!

Continue reading

Student Art Books

Before I opened my studio, I always knew I wanted to have a student art book in the waiting room. Where the idea came from, I’m not sure. I know it wasn’t my original idea. The way I read blogs, I know someone else must have inspired me.

I bought a blank canvas sketchbook similar to this one at Michaels and had an artist friend decorate the cover. I didn’t have enough students at the time to hold a contest otherwise that would be fun. She asked what I wanted and I told her I trusted her to be creative. Isn’t she amazing?

student-art-book-1

student-art-book-2

This one has been full for a couple of years now. I sat down and had a look as I was planning to finally put out a new one.

I thought I would share some of my favorite entries as well as my new art book and individual art books I now use for inspiring and fostering creativity.

Continue reading

Halloween Music Lab

halloween-lab

Looking to spice up your lab for a couple of weeks? Here is a Halloween lab I started this year. It’s adapted from Heidi’s Piano Notes.

My students do a 30 minute lab time each week and this lab will take most students one to two weeks to complete.

Student labs are kept in 1/2 inch 3-ring binders with tab dividers. This one is listed under the “Holiday” tab.

Download the assignment sheet.

Visit my Halloween Music Lab Pinterest board for the assigned videos.

 

One-Minute Club

Note-Naming Challenge

A few years ago I implemented the “One-Minute Club” in my studio. The idea, first made famous by Jane Bastien, has been continued and further developed by Susan Paradis. Susan has a wealth of free downloadable materials which she redesigns each year.

Read about it on her blog.

There are downloadable charts, flashcards, and full-size and business-card size certificates available. See more here.

The first year I did this, it was ongoing throughout the year. For me, this didn’t work, however, because I often forgot and wasn’t consistent. The following year I started doing monthly challenges with my students and decided to make this the challenge for April-May, approximately 6-7 weeks leading up to the Spring Recital. I love doing it this way as the whole studio is focused and I do it at every single lesson.

one-minute-club-2

I put together a permanent portable board from an old corkboard I had laying around.  I covered it in white cardboard, bought cute letters from Target, posted the levels, winners from each year, and guidelines (so I remember my rules from year to year(!). I keep plastic lanyards inside a plastic holder made by cutting off the bottom of a plastic sleeve cover (more on the lanyards below). Color-coded copies of each level of notes are available so students can practice while waiting before or after lessons or even during their lab time.

Using a larger chart (purchased from United Arts and Education) helps me see each student’s progress from year to year.

Continue reading