Composing is Like Alligator Wrestling

Composing is Like Alligator Wrestling I've been composing during this slow month of December. Does that sound glamorous? Maybe so, and I don't want to minimize the ecstasy that happens when a piece is started or when a piece is finished. But ohhhhh that middle part. That part that [...]

Teach Piano Improvisation with Forrest Kinney – Get the Create First Duet Book FREE

Learn to Teach Piano Improvisation with Forrest Kinney - Get a free Create First book! I'm so excited to tell you about a brand new series of books by Forrest Kinney that is designed to teach improvisation to all ages of students, including beginners who have no pulse! I've been [...]

A Look Inside the Process of Composing Music – What’s behind the NEW black key holiday piece!

The Process of Composing Music - What's behind the NEW black key holiday piece! We've all had beginning piano students who are just not ready to move to the white keys as quickly as their books think they are! Maybe you've also have students who have moved to the white [...]

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 [...]

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Fall Cup News – Fun Fall Festive Things to do with Cups

Thanks to the generous and creative teachers that share on the ComposeCreate site, here's a list of ways to adapt cup tapping for your fall private and group music and piano lessons!

Get To Know Me Teacher, Please?! FREE Resource for Music Teachers

Here's a FREE printable that will help you get to know your students better and even help you be a more creative teacher. How? Creativity never exists in a vacuum so the more you know about your students, the more creative you can be!

How Dependency is a GOOD Thing for Me (and Maybe You?)

I've been thinking about how dependent I am on so many people. And in spite of the messages we get about dependency, realizing this can have a good impact on our relationships.

Creativity, Improvisation, Interview and Giveaway with Forrest Kinney

I am so excited to announce that Forrest Kinney, author of the Pattern Play series and popular clinician, has launched the Forrest Kinney blog! To celebrate, we are hosting a giveaway of two huge Forrest Kinney prizes!

A Faustian Rhythm Bargain

Tears were streaming down my face as I sat on the cold wooden bench at my Baldwin piano. I finally had to admit that I had no idea how to play the rhythm in this piece. I bawled.  "I can't do it!" I told my mother. "I can't count. I'm going to [...]

HELP! Give Me One Technique for Dealing with Difficult Piano Parents

Along with you, I've had my share over the years of dealing with highly emotional parents, tiger moms, complaints, unkind emails, and irrational requests. It happens to any teacher, I'm sure. But even empathy from others is not wonderfully helpful when it happens. HELP! Give Me One Technique for Dealing with Difficult Piano Parents [...]