Top 10 Rhythm Resources For Music Lessons – Part 1
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by Tara Boykin
2w ago
I’ll be honest teachers, rhythm was NOT my forte growing up! I remember always asking my teacher to play my pieces before I had to figure them out, and secretly did my best to remember how the rhythm went!  And trust me, this went out for years! I even struggled with the rhythm in the first measure of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata! My teacher kept telling me to count it out, but I just didn’t understand those 32nd notes, or dotted s dotted sixteenths!! I just had the hardest time internalizing rhythm, which is one of the reasons I do my best to include them in my lessons so that student ..read more
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Top Favorite Valentine’s Day Themed Piano Games for Kids (Part 2)
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by Tara Boykin
1M ago
As if one blog wasn’t enough for all my favorite Valentine’s games, here’s are seven freshly baked cookies – I mean, piano games! I LOVE the month of February because that means I can bring out EVERY single pink game I own If you haven’t noticed from my brand, I’m only low-key obsessed with pink  Below, I’ll be sharing both physical and printable piano games I’ve created, as well as digital boom cards. Being a mom of two young children means that LOW-PREP is key around here! So I’m always finding ways that I can combine physical games, and boom cards, for the least amount of prep p ..read more
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Scaling my Piano Teaching Business
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by Tara Boykin
2M ago
Ever heard the term “scaling” and wondered if it’s more than just piano scales? Well, we aren’t talking musical notes; we are talking about really expanding and growing your piano teaching business!! So, what’s been lingering on your to-do list for a while? Perhaps it’s time to start taking that course you’ve had bookmarked for months, or maybe you’re ready to dive into a YouTube channel. Dare I suggest… it’s time to raise your prices?! Scaling your business doesn’t happen overnight, but growth requires little steps every day. Brace yourself because it’s not always linear. There might be t ..read more
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My Top Teaching Products for 2023
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by Tara Boykin
3M ago
I know I always say this, but can you believe it is almost the new year?! With 2 little ones always keeping me on my toes and a bustling business, I swear I blink and it’s winter. They say time flies when you’re having a blast, and let me tell you, I couldn’t agree more! These final few weeks of December are my favorite time to reflect on the past year and start envisioning what I want for the year ahead. Seriously, planning and goal setting is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your kids, business, health, finances….everything!! Okay, let’s talk GROWTH:  Are you aiming ..read more
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Piano Games Your Students Will Love
Cascade Method Blog
by Tara Boykin
4M ago
If you aren’t playing games in your piano lessons, then I have to tell you – you are missing out!! Seriously, piano games have been an absolute game changer for my teaching and for my students. What was your favorite game growing up? Monopoly, Scrabble, Clue, Chutes & Ladders…anyone remember Guess Who? As fun as these classic games are, they also taught us valuable things we probably didn’t even understand at the time – memory, logic, problem solving, concentration…the benefits are limitless. Ahh, the power of a game!! And believe me, piano games have power! I see it daily. Inco ..read more
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10 Engaging Activities To Do During Any Piano Lesson
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by Tara Boykin
6M ago
I’ve heard it all… “I was bored with how I was teaching piano” “I was curious to see a new way of teaching piano” “I wanted to offer more to my students” “I wanted to teach my kids how to play piano” “I knew I needed to level up in order to achieve a full list of students” “I wanted my students to enjoy coming to piano lessons” “I needed families to stop dropping out of lessons” “I wanted to grow my studio” While many of us may have been taught piano in a traditional way, it doesn’t mean it has to stay that way! I know piano lessons can seem a little “boring” sometimes. But just like anyth ..read more
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3 Fun Things To Do If Your Student Forgets Their Piano Book
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by Tara Boykin
6M ago
We’ve all been there before… You are waiting for your student to show up for their piano lesson, excited to see them and dive into what you’ve prepared for the day. But then they walk in…and it’s pretty apparent that they’ve forgotten their book. The ONE must-have item!!! I know the initial reaction is often to feel frustrated…and maybe a little bit of panic wondering “what do I do now?!” I know it can feel like a setback for your lesson, however this situation provides an opportunity for you and your student to be flexible and get creative! While it’s totally natural to feel a little bit ..read more
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3 “Non Stressful” Things You Can Do This Summer To Make Next Year Amazing
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by Tara Boykin
9M ago
You know how it goes…the recital is over, you’re finishing up your last week of lessons, the weather is ahh-mazing, and you are already thinking about how to make the most of your summer. And after all of your hard work during the year, you deserve it. It is time to RESET. Thank goodness for summers We teachers need a physical and mental break. Okay, I knooooow you’re ready to relax – trust me, I get it. But before you completely check out and settle in for summer, I want to share 3 non stressful things you can do this summer that will help you feel prepared for next year. I know you ..read more
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Everything To Know About The Beginner Piano French Book
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by Tara Boykin
9M ago
Translating my piano books has been on my bucket list for quite a while – and what better language than to start with one that I’m fluent in: FRENCH I decided I would start with translating my Beginner Piano Book, since it’s a popular one… …but then I realized translating all the English pieces to French made no sense because the kids don’t know the songs.  Sooooo I recreated a beginner piano book with popular French songs that kids would be excited to play. (I am also lucky that I’m French and grew up listening to these songs so I knew which ones I liked and could go in the b ..read more
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Work Life And Mom: How I Balance Both Roles
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by Tara Boykin
10M ago
Being a mom is a full time job — then add a business on top of that? Whew, you got a real balancing act on your hands. While I want to succeed and flourish with my work, I alsooo want to give all my time to my boys!! I need MORE time!! Anyone else relate!? Finding the balance between work and motherhood isn’t always easy and it definitely takes effort, (especially because we know as business owners, the work is never finished!). I feel like I say this all the time but I truly can’t believe how fast time flies when you have kids, and I just want to soak up every second that I can get with ..read more
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