Category Archives for Piano

Piano Wizard P.S.

I have had a lot of questions and feedback from my local homeschooling community and I hope this post may clarify some things or you too. First of all, Piano Wizard launched it’s Kickstarter campaign yesterday, and I am excited to have an i-pad app to go with the game.  Check it out.  They have […]

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Piano Wizard Review

Piano Wizard, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  But first, let me give you a tour. I love the fun animation that draws my children to the program.  They can practice the same song on levels one and two in several different “worlds”, with a variety of icons.  They can choose […]

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Free Piano Lessons 4 Kids Review

Today I’m so excited to share a wonderful resources with you- FREE piano lessons!  No joke, check it out. https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/ His videos are also available on YouTube, like this one. When I was a teenager, I remember asking my Dad, an entrepreneur, why he one of his products was so much less than his competitors.  […]

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John Thompson Review

I highly recommend John Thompson as a method.  There are a lot of piano teachers that ultimately recommend the piano series they were taught with as a child, and, well, I guess I’m no exception.  However, when I first started teaching piano lessons, I told the parents that I would use whichever method they wanted […]

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas

My son requested this song, so I’m sharing it with you.  It was designed to use with the Movable “Do” Piano Insert We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Online or product alternatives to private lessons

Don’t get me wrong, private lessons definitely have their place.  As a former student, I know that reporting to my teacher and wanting to please her was highly motivating for me.  You really need a good teacher/mentor to get a good polish as you become more advanced. Having said that, private lessons can be very […]

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Rainbow Castle for the international crowd

Recently one of my reviewers in Germany told me that she loved the Rainbow Castle game, which is part of “Beginning Rhythm”, except that she could not use it  with her child because Germany uses a different notation system than America.  I forgot to compensate for that when I made the game.  In Northern and […]

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Rain, rain, go away, piano chords are here to stay.

Last time I showed you how to “build” a major triad with Lego blocks.  This video shows a little application, and how building a piano model with your blocks is an effective shortcut for building more triads.  Lead sheet music is also introduced.  By the way, you don’t have to actually play the melody line […]

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“Building” a major triad.

Music has lots of patterns.  Patterns are an idea that repeats itself again and again.  Learning to recognize and recreate patterns on the piano is going to help you create music in a beautiful, fun way.  One of the first patterns we see when we look at the piano are the black and white keys.  […]

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Purchasing legos as a teaching manipulative

Welcome to a mini-course about building and working with chords on the piano.  I am excited to share some ideas with you that I have used with my students for about three years, and which has gone over well with them.  My secret?  Using lego blocks to visualize the building process!  Over the next couple […]

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