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August 14, 2018

When I first began giving piano lessons over 20 years ago, I remember purchasing a big book that had a title similar to "The Big Book of Piano Lesson Games" or something like that.  That thick ole binder thing was my go-to for making piano lessons fun.

That was it.  Tha...

June 27, 2018

I am married to a marathon runner.  While I am super proud of my guy who runs a sub-four hour marathon and is pretty darn awesome, I can tell you one thing.  Anyone who says:  "To run, all you need is a pair of shoes" is lying.

Completely.  Yes, shoes are a st...

June 23, 2018

A few years ago, our family had the opportunity to travel from our home in California to Boston, Massachusetts for the Boston Marathon.  My husband was running in it, and we decided to make it a big ole trip for the five of us -- we wanted to be there for a week, seein...

June 21, 2018

Laughing, I looked at my piano student to see if she was serious.  I had just asked her to play a song again, taking the tempo a bit faster, being more obvious with her dynamics, and adding pedal.  

Her response?  "I'm going to have to disagree with you on that.  I...

June 7, 2018

Glancing at the clock, you see that you still have 17 minutes to go in in your 11th lesson of the day.  You're tired.  Your piano student seems unmotivated.  You feel unmotivated.

Your student clearly doesn't want to play the piano any more, and you really don...

May 31, 2018

In my younger days, I remember hearing about what other piano teachers were doing and I would feel this weird, inner panic that said something like:  I. Must. Do. That. Now.  Feeling that rapid heartbeat, I would look at this methodology or that game or that piano part...

May 29, 2018

My first official job ever was as a grocery clerk at Vons (a subsidiary of Safeway).   Every work day, I put on my black pants, white shirt, sensible shoes, and my red apron (with my nametag firmly affixed) and walked the five minutes it took to get from my neighborhoo...

May 17, 2018

It's May, piano teachers.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

Your piano students (of the elementary school variety) are smelling summer in the air.  They know, just know, that freedom from their classroom is right around the corner.

And that may or may not affect your pia...

May 5, 2018

In my cheerful teacher voice, I said, "Good job, honey!  Now let's play the duet together." 

In my subconscious, I was hearing a lilting melody, perhaps played on a pan flute, signifying sweetness and joy, as my little sweet piano student and I were abou...