The Upbeat Piano Teachers Blog

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Book Club: Coffee With Ray

Coffee with Ray has been sitting in my "to read" pile for the past several weeks. While I will admit to peeking through a few pages, I've been saving it for my trip to Vermont at the end of March. Recently Tracy and I had a really unique opportunity to speak with the author Nick Ambrosino as...

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Building Rapport with Teens (Video)

Every teacher knows that having a good relationship with their students is important. It allows us to have open communication, and sets a solid foundation for an educational environment. Building rapport with teenagers (and tweenagers) can sometimes be tough! (Remember being a teen? Those years...

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Free Halloween Songs You Should Check Out!

When I was a little girl, I loved dressing up and going trick-or-treating with my friends. It was something I looked forward to every single year. But today? Not so much. In fact... I'll be completely honest. I hate Halloween! It's just gotten so....creepy! Anyway....while Halloween is...

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My Surprising Discovery - And What I'll Do Differently

If you've been following me any time, you know I'm all about being creative. Trying new things. Thinking outside the box. That's why my discovery this week was so shocking: I tried something new - and realized the OLD way was better. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED Last year I discovered that kicking...

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Five Favorite Things - August Edition

1. 12 Bar Blues It's a rare kid who doesn't like to jam with a good Blues tune. That's why I decided to kick off back-to-school lessons with 12 Bar Blues. I'm not doing it with every student because some are just too young, but my older kids are having a blast and it's proving to be a great...

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How I Get Students to Practice the Piano

Most of you know that I'm passionate about piano practice! It just breaks my heart when I see kids struggle, thinking they can't play the piano - when really - they just didn't put in the work! So...how do we get kids to practice? Here's are a couple things that have given me the most...

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The Savvy Music Teacher Reading Schedule

The Upbeat Piano Teacher Book Club kicked off last month and already over 400 piano teachers have jumped on board. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The Dynamic Studio was our launch book. If you didn't join us, check out this blog post to get my thoughts on it. (Hint - I LOVED it!) The September book looks...

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My Best Tip For Staying Organized

How do you keep your sanity during a busy school year? Organization! But guess what? It doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, simple systems work best. I've tried a lot of things during my 15 years of teaching piano: 3-ring binders, spiral notebooks, calendars, post-it notes, printed...

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Teach Piano AND Have Dinner with your Family? YES!

Recently, a couple piano teachers have asked for advice about handling dinner time. I need to teach through the dinner hour and my family is upset. They just aren't supportive of me right now. What do I do? If you're in this situation, know that you're not alone! It's a struggle for EVERY...

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Five Favorite Things - July Edition....

1. Funny Piano Jokes How are a pianists' fingers like lightning?They rarely strike the same key twice! Call me silly, but I love to laugh and that was a new joke for me. I thought it was hilarious! (My husband is a TV meteorologist - and in a former life, I was too - so this was the perfect...

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