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REGISTER NOW for the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers with Marvin Blickenstaff!

So excited to announce our guest clinician for this year’s Piano Camp for Piano Teachers, the highly sought-after and beloved Marvin Blickenstaff!  For years Marvin has been providing teachers worldwide with insightfully creative, thoughtful teaching techniques that just work and he’s the one they flock to for workshops, lectures, and master classes.

Now you can see Marvin in-person at the 2017 Piano Camp for Piano Teachers in the lovely San Antonio, TX or at home via your computer!

JOIN US on Friday, June  30, 2017 at RBC Pepper South Texas in San Antonio (formerly RBC Music Company) if you would like to see Marvin in action, ask him questions, and share a lovely lunch with him. OR…..Join him via your computer or mobile device beginning on/around July 10 and watch the videotaped lectures from that day.  All participants, both LIVE and online, will have access to the recorded version of the workshop (4 sessions) thru December 31, 2017.

Click HERE to view all the details plus the workshop topics. You may early-bird register NOW for either the LIVE workshop on June 30 or the online version.  Early bird pricing goes away on June 20, so grab your seat!

******IN-PERSON participants: I really do urge you to book early. Seats are truly limited due to the filming crew that will be on site. All of you will have a chance for Q&A with Marvin, and the door prizes are looking quite mah-velous, too!

Yes! I’ll RESERVE my EARLY BIRD SEAT NOW!

Look forward to seeing you in person on June 30 or ONLINE!

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JAN-FEB 2017 READ-ALONG: Josef Lhevinne’s “Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing”

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Wow!  It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, but things sure have been busy on the live streaming end of things.  You could say that most of my “blogging” now has been in-person and LIVE.  There’s much more emotion and tone you just can’t put into writing.  I’ve truly enjoyed connecting with you in this way.

A new year is great time for goal-setting, new inspiration and a “re-start.”  What better way than with a project to get your wheels spinning in new directions for 2017.  Instead of our usual Play-Along, the gang over at the FB Play-Along group has voted on a Read-Along, the first ever in the blogisphere I think.  If you’re reading this after Jan. 10, 2017, no worries!  Jump in at any time during our schedule since the book is not sequential and you can always catch up later by watching the previous replays.  I’ll post the replays here on the blog about every 2 weeks.

FROM JANUARY 10  thru FEBRUARY 14 (approximately), we’ll all be reading “Basic Principles of Pianoforte Playing” by Josef Lhevinne.  Click HERE for all the info you need to get started.  There’s no official sign-up, but purchase a copy of the book soon if you don’t have one.

Basic Principles in Pianoforte PlayingYou can grab a copy HERE on Amazon if you like.  If your book arrives after we begin, no worries. You can still watch the 1st LIVE broadcast on Chapter 1 on Tuesday, January 10 (or the replay) and catch up on the chapter afterwards.

WATCH THIS video introduction of the Read-Along for all the specifics.

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Click HERE to read all the info you need to get started.


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Donald Waxman’s “Piano Pageants, Book 1A” Piano Play-Along: Post One (Discussion Starter)

2So excited about the April Play-Along!  We just kicked it off today with both a Periscope and Facebook Live broadcast.  A first for me! Great to see all of you who were able to join in.   If you missed it, you can view the REPLAY BELOW.   You’ll learn what to prepare for our First Discussion next TUES, April 19, at 10AM Central on Periscope and Facebook Live.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts LIVE!  And tell your teacher friends – it’s not too late to join.

PDF Download IconHere’s the PDF download with the discussion points for Tuesday’s broadcast.  Just make notes in the margin of your book. Simple thoughts are OK.  The pdf will guide you.  And if you don’t have the book yet, please join us anyway.  You’ll be able to get the gist of it even without the book for now.

Please try, try to join the Periscope broadcast if you can, because it allows me to interact with you a bit more, but if you prefer Facebook LIVE that’s OK, too.   Just be sure to comment and let me know that you’re there! 🙂


TO BUY the BOOK at a 20% discount, go HERE.

SEE the FULL PLAY-ALONG SCHEDULE HERE.

TO VIEW on FACEBOOK:  Go to facebook.com/pianoteachercamp.  LIKE the page and sign up for Notifications (either “default” or “see first”)

TO VIEW on PERISCOPE:  The Periscope app is FREE for your mobile device.  Read about how to download it HERE.

piano_periscope_icon_mThe little buttons at the top left of this post will allow you to SHARE with your friends. See you on TUESDAY at 10AM CENTRAL!

 

 

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April 2016 PIANO PLAY-ALONG: Donald Waxman’s PIANO PAGEANTS, Book 1A

Begins April 19 - Click Piano Play-Along above!FROM APRIL 16  thru MAY 6 (approximately), we’ll all be studying/playing Book 1A from Donald Waxman’s beloved series “Piano Pageants”  Click HERE for all the info you need to get started and learn about the purpose of the Play-Along.  There’s no sign-up, but start now by purchasing or locating your copy of the book.

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We begin on April 16, so hurry and grab a discounted copy HERE or two!  Use CODE:  APRILPLAY to receive 20% off any no. of copies.  If your book arrives after we begin, no worries. You can still watch the LIVE broadcasts on April 16 & 19 and review the summary blog post later.

WATCH THIS video explanation of the Play-Along (it came from a Periscope!) Read More

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Welcome to the GET IN SHAPE Piano Play-Along!

First, thank you all for submitting your votes for a summer Play-Along topic.  The majority of folks voted on getting their fingers in shape for now, but not to worry… we’ll cover the other Play Along topics later this summer.   

FROM JUNE 1 through JUNE 15, we’ll be practicing Stephen Heller’s “L’Avalanche.”  Click HERE for all the info you need to get started and learn about the purpose of this particular Play-Along. Read More

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REGISTER NOW! With Early Bird Bonuses, too!

Register Blog GraphicJOIN US!  – Susan Paradis and Elizabeth Gutierrez on Saturday, June  27, 2015 at RBC Music Company in lovely San Antonio, TX!

  • CLICK HERE for complete info, including 2 EARLY BIRD BONUSES and ONLINE REGISTRATION via credit card or Paypal.
  • DOWNLOAD a print version of the brochure HERE if you prefer to mail-in your registration.
  • Hotel info is listed under LODGING in the menu bar above.
  • NEED MORE INFO? – contact Jim at info@pianoteachercamp.com

RIGHT-CLICK and COPY the 2 buttons below (or drag to desktop if on a Mac) to share these on social media, your studio newsletter to parents, your email signature, etc.  We appreciate your spreading the word!

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And… give us some love on Instagram!  Go to @pianoprof on IG and LIKE our camp post.  We’ll certainly FOLLOW you!

Hope to see ya there!

Elizabeth and Susan

 

 

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Indispensables of Piano Teaching #4 – Interlocking Plastic Keyboard

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Here’s an oldie, but a goldie tool for studio teaching, especially if you teach in groups once in a while.  I recall using these in group theory classes when I was child.  How’s that for dating this item? and myself….

#4 – PLASTIC INTERLOCKING KEYBOARD

I didn’t really think I’d have a need for these in my private piano studio since I have 2 pianos in the studio, several flat laminated keyboards, a floor keyboard, and even a fabric keyboard, but this plastic dimensional keyboard has really come in handy.

This interlocking keyboard features full-sized white and raised black keys. Each two-octave keyboard can be interlocked to make a longer keyboard.

Here’s a close-up of how two interlock: Interlocking keyboards copy

I occasionally take this little keyboard with me to piano teacher workshops especially when I know there won’t be a projected view of the piano keyboard on an overhead screen. I just hold this up in the air for all in the audience to see as I demo a maneuver with my opposite hand.  Of course it goes without saying that these are great for any sort of group teaching you might do when there’s just not enough keyboards to go around.  They are light and sturdy, and they store easily too.

Here’s a few photos of how I’ve used them:

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I.D. of black-key groups

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I.D. of Half and Whole Steps using Susan Paradis’ clever Robosteps

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Excellent silent-practice keyboard while at the dining room table waiting for your lesson!

The possibilities are endless….

BEST PRICE:  $9.95 at Valentine’s House of Music in Houston, TX.   Amazon or other online retailers in my Google search couldn’t beat Rick Valentine’s price. I don’t see it listed on Valentine’s website at this writing, but you can call (713) 868-7447 to order.  He says he has plenty available. Rick is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about educational piano music and keeps his shipping affordable for piano teachers (free shipping on all orders over $50).  Certainly try your local sheet music retailer first.  They may be able to order them for you.

If you’ve used these keyboards in your teaching, please comment and share your ideas!

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2015 MusicEdConnect Giveaways Announced!

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I was honored to present for the 2nd MusicEdConnect Webinar last week.  The feedback was amazing and thank you to those of you who were able to attend my session “The Trouble with Transfers: Tips for Transitioning without Tears or Fears.”  This topic is a loaded one and a one-hour session just doesn’t begin to cover all the different problems we encounter with transfers, SO……keep an eye on the blog.  I have plans to continue the discussion about transfer students right here in some form.

If you missed the Webinar, it’s not too late to access a replay of all 15 sessions by 15 different presenters. Register HERE and you’ll have immediate access to all the videos now thru Dec. 31, 2015.  Tell your friends!   Giveaway-WinnersNOW …. for those MusicEdConnect participants who listened last week to my “Transfers” session and my hopped over to the blog here with a reply (or on my Instagram) ….  DRUM ROLL please…..

1.  Winner of The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook by Beth Gigante Klingenstein is:  Heather B.!

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2.  Winner of an assortment of Piano Adventures books I use often with transfer students:   Dorla A.!

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Heather and Dorla ~ Congratulations to you both.  I will be contacting you for your mailing addresses, but if you see this first, please email it to me at elizabeth@pianoteachercamp.com.

Thanks to both Hal Leonard and Faber Piano Adventures for their giveaway contributions!

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MusicEdConnect.com starts tomorrow!

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MusicEdConnect.com starts tomorrow, WED., Feb. 4! Join the live sessions February 4-7, 2015 for $129 or purchase only the replay pass for $99 to access sessions on-demand at a later time.  You won’t want to miss the 15 fabulous presenters including:  Scott McBride Smith, Jennifer Foxx, Fred Karpoff, Leila Viss, and others, who will share inspiring ideas and techniques. If you attend LIVE, you can interact with the presenters and other attendees.

I am honored to be presenting among these talented people.  My session, “The Trouble with Transfers: Tips for Transitioning without Tears or Fears” will be tomorrow, WED. Feb. 4, at 1:00 Central Time.

There’s even a virtual exhibit hall!  Your conference book will contain additional freebies, codes and coupons from these exhibitors.  Click HERE and scroll down for the Exhibit Hall Preview.

REGISTER HERE!

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Don’t Miss It! MusicEdConnect.com

MEC GraphicFEBRUARY 4 – 7, 2015

For the second year, 15 nationally-known presenters are all coming together, in a powerful LIVE online event, focused on one thing – getting you inspired and motivated for teaching in 2015!

The MusicEdConnect ONLINE national conference is hosted by Michelle Sisler and her team from Keys to the Imagination and she has gathered a top-tier list of experts that include Scott McBride Smith,  Leila Viss,  Jennifer Fox, Fred Karpoff and more!

How Do You Participate?  Register HERE and then VIEW LIVE on Feb. 4-7 from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device.  If you can’t make it, you get to view later on your own time (thru Dec. 31, 2015)

Any Other Benefits?  No travel expenses!  Network with other teachers around the world.  Visit exhibits. See new products. Take advantage of conference-only specials.

Cost?  Less than $130, depending on which option you choose.

COUPON CODE!  PCPT blog followers receive a $10 discount on registration NOW thru Friday, Jan. 23 at midnight! Just use coupon code: “EG1” at registration.

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SAVE $20 BY DOING THIS…..BEFORE MIDNIGHT on TUESDAY, Jan. 20!  Head over to INSTAGRAM on your mobile phone or tablet and FOLLOW me, Elizabeth Gutierrez.  Enter “@pianoprof” in the search box and you’ll find me.  Click on “Follow” and then click on the photo of the MusicEdConnect event to view your $20 discount code!  Give me a shout-out (comment) when you get there, OK?

NEW TO INSTAGRAM ? This LINK will tell you more about IG and what makes it so interesting as a social media tool.  You can download the app for FREE at the App Store.

SEE YOU at MusicEdConnect.com!