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Grab a traditional method book and take a tour. Chances are, as you flip through the book, each page looks the same as the last. There is nothing that makes you go, “Wow!” And this is a problem when it comes to kids learning piano. Research has shown that the human brain is wired to […]
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When a preschool piano student gets bored he sticks a pencil up his nose, hangs upside down from the piano bench or asks you questions about Paw Patrol. When a teen piano student gets bored she stays seated at the piano and plays dutifully. Teachers of preschool piano students know that if they want to […]
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When students return to lessons in the weeks and months ahead, resist the urge to charge forward into their method books. Our first impulse as teachers is always to get right to work. Kids have been away from the piano bench too long and its time to get things done. This impulse, however, can lead […]
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Piano teachers fight a constant battle against overscheduled children. These days, piano lessons are just one aspect of a family’s weekly schedule. Chances are, your students also partake in dance, baseball, hockey, and theater, to name a few. Overscheduled students used to frustrate me. I always wanted my students’ number one priority to be piano. […]
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We have all done it. We have all asked a piano student to play “it” one more time. And there’s nothing wrong with this request… Unless, of course, you have already asked your piano student to play “it” one more time. If this is the case, then it’s very likely you have a frustrated child […]
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Keeping teenagers interested in the piano is not as difficult as one might think; choose the right repertoire and teens will choose piano! Our recently released piano book, The Guardians Of Castlemore: WunderKeys Teen Celtic Piano Solos is exactly that: the “just right” repertoire for your older students. Introduce your teens to this resource and, […]
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It’s human nature to shy away from asking for honest feedback. Deep down, we want to believe that we’re all like Mary Poppins: “Practically perfect in every way!”. When we walk out of a fitting room and ask, “How does this look?” we actually want our shopping partner to tell us that we look as […]
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Last month our daughter left her track jacket at the field. Last week she left her running shoes at a cross country race. Yesterday she forgot to bring her saxophone to school. What is going on?! She is the sweetest, most caring child, a dedicated student, and a responsible member of our family. Is she […]
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The sun is out, recitals are wrapping up, school is ending and many piano teachers are getting ready to close their studio doors for a much-needed summer break. This means that in the next few weeks you’ll have a host of piano students lining up at your studio door for their final piano lesson. Whether […]
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By now you have probably heard a lot of chatter in the Teach Piano Today community about the “Sessions Books”… “This is the best piano book ever!! My students and parents both love it. I even have a few parents playing out of it when their kids aren’t around.” “Finally, music my tween and teen […]

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