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Don’t Underestimate Your Students

Don't Underestimate Your Students When I was in Rochester last year, I had the privilege of meeting a number of wonderful teachers. One of them in particular, Teddy, has been so lovely to send me little inspiring stories. Even if you do not ever use the Easy Amazing Grace arrangement that [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Inspiration, Piano Teaching|4 Comments

New Piano Studio Decor and Incentive Idea: “I Caught You Practicing Without Being Asked!”

New Piano Studio Decor and Incentive Idea Wouldn't you love all your piano students to practice without being asked? Wouldn't you love it if parents were more of a partner with you in motivating piano students? The answer is obviously a resounding, "Yes!" which is why I love this idea [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|General Music, Piano Teaching, Preparing for fall|7 Comments

New Olympic Piano Piece!!! For Teacher and Late Intermediate Students

New Olympic Piano Piece! The Olympic Dream Now YOU can inspire your students by learning your own olympic piece! Plus, if you have late intermediate pre-teens and teens that are picky and want to play something really grand...this new olympic piano piece for both them AND you! The Olympic [...]

New Elementary Olympic Piano Duet!

Parade of Champions - Olympic Piano Duet and Solo This new elementary olympic piano duet (and solo) was commissioned by the Metropolitan Music Teachers Association! And it's just in time for the olympics! I'm so excited about it because when you purchase it, it also comes with a SOLO [...]

Unexpected Results and New Recital Compliment Exchange Cards

Recital Compliment Exchange Cards & More Ideas! The Recital Compliment Exchange has been one of the best ideas that I've ever been about to share on the ComposeCreate site. This idea of allowing audience members to write a compliment for every one of the performers is taking the piano teaching community [...]

Do I Really Need to Copyright My Piano Music? [The answer from attorneys may surprise you!]

Do I Need to Copyright My Music? I love how it is becoming popular for piano teachers and piano students to compose music! Because it's so popular, it's also becoming easier with all the notation apps, programs, and advice from published composers coming out. But one of the questions that gets [...]

The Beats are Here! Rhythm Cup Explorations 2 Accompaniment Beats – Even More Energy!

Rhythm Cup Explorations 2 Accompaniment Beats Are Here! The long awaited and requested Rhythm Cup Explorations 2 Accompaniment Beats have finally arrived and they are bigger and better than ever! Based on your feedback, which you so generously gave, here are some of the NEW highlights: A super slow [...]

An Exciting, Affirming and Empowering Idea: The Recital Compliment Exchange

An Exciting, Affirming and Empowering Idea: The Recital Compliment Exchange I am so excited to share a brilliant idea for making your recitals more interesting and meaningful. This idea comes from a dear long time ComposeCreate supporter, Swan Kiezebrink. Let's face it. It's too easy for parents and students to [...]

By | April 26th, 2016|General Music, Piano Teaching, String Teaching|48 Comments

“Groove Your Theory” Webinar with Leila Viss and Bradley Sowash

Groove Your Theory Webinar I love that there are a lot of opportunities to improve our piano teaching these days. While a live conference is wonderful (and I do mean wonderful as I've just returned from MTNA 2016), sometimes it's just not possible to get to one every year. So [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Piano Teaching, Teacher opportunities|2 Comments

What You Need to Know About a Piano Lesson Photo Release (&Video)

What You Need to Know About a Piano Lesson Photo Release If you take pictures or videos in your studio and plan to include them in publications or on the internet, it is imperative that you inform parent of this and get their consent in a piano lesson photo release. [...]