Creating an Effective Progress Report

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself, it’s that I am always looking for ways to make something better. Perhaps it comes from all those years of piano lessons where we ask ourselves the question “What can I do differently next time to make it better, more musical?” My latest project has been to…… Continue reading Creating an Effective Progress Report

Analysis of Beginning Piano Literature Series Part One: Why analyze music?

“What do I teach, and when?” Within my teaching career, both in the classroom and in private lessons, the above question has been my biggest obstacle. There is a lot to think about: What concepts do I teach, and in what order? What songs and pieces do I use to teach each concept? What concepts…… Continue reading Analysis of Beginning Piano Literature Series Part One: Why analyze music?

Secret Pain of a Musician

Midway through playing piano at Mass tonight, my eyes were stinging with tears. The pain in my wrist was back. The sharp, searing pain of tendonitis, followed by the constant burn. It is a familiar pain and discomfort. One that I have fought for the past 15 years, and is the result of injury caused…… Continue reading Secret Pain of a Musician

A Discussion on the Challenges of Incorporating Kodaly Method into Piano Lessons

Last summer I completed my Kodaly levels, and although it has completely changed how I teach my students, I want to continue to include more of the philosophy, structure, ideas, and sequence into piano lessons.But before I can truly change my piano teaching, I refreshed my memory on what the ideal music education looked to…… Continue reading A Discussion on the Challenges of Incorporating Kodaly Method into Piano Lessons