How’s your summer been going? Can’t believe it’s already August and before you know we’ll be back in the swing of teaching again. Yikes! What happened?
Did you miss your own PIANO RETREAT this summer? We had a fabulous! Piano Camp for Piano Teachers with the brilliant Marvin Blickenstaff on June 30 in San Antonio, TX. If you couldn’t make it or haven’t yet enrolled in the ONLINE version, grab it by AUGUST 31. After that it will not be available anymore at the Camp pricing. And guess what? There’s now a summer budget-friendly payment plan as well. 🙂
Read all about it HERE. And snag it before enrollment closes on AUGUST 31 at midnight!
It includes these 4 Video Sessions:
- Warm-Ups? Who, Me? Technical Routines for All Ages Marvin Blickenstaff, presenter
- Performance Practice Made Easy: Rules of Thumb for the Student Marvin Blickenstaff, presenter
- A Simple Step-by-Step Start to Major Scales, All Without A Book Elizabeth Gutierrez, presenter
- The End is in the Beginning: Coaching a Piece to Performance Marvin Blickenstaff, presenter
- Downloadable handouts
- LIFETIME ACCESS to the videos, in addition to any content upgrades later.
- A bonus “dessert” video from Marvin.
- 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase if you aren’t satisfied.
View on a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device. No special software required for viewing.
What Teachers Are Saying…..
“Thank you Elizabeth, thank you Marvin – watching this conference right now on replay and finding so many teaching tips. A true gold mine of piano pedagogy wisdom. Such well spent money and time. The info is multi-level and plentiful – am going to have to write notes upon notes!”
Sarah Arnold – Brussels, Belgium
“Marvin’s wealth of wisdom and knowledge is remarkable, but I equally enjoyed his humility, kindness and joyful spirit. Thank you Elizabeth for another wonderful Piano Camp for Piano Teachers. I’m especially excited that I will be able to watch the videos over the next year. You’re a huge blessing to the piano community.”
Ginny Godsey – San Antonio, TX
Did you miss last year’s ONLINE Piano Camp for Piano Teachers (now a course called “Sorting Out the Piano Classics: What to Teach and When”)? Here’s your chance to enroll in BOTH the 2016 and 2017 ONLINE Camps at a very nice investment price of only $247 (w/ lifetime access). Even better…. it too is available on a payment plan, but hurry! This VIP BUNDLE of piano teacher education will also go away on August 31, 2017!
Click HERE to view the BUNDLE contents.
This package also includes 3 yearly Group Coaching Webinars where I answer your pressing questions about teaching classical repertoire.
See You On The Inside!
Hello Blog Readers!
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.
You 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.
Click HERE to read all the info you need to get started.
So 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.
Here’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.
The little buttons at the top left of this post will allow you to SHARE with your friends. See you on TUESDAY at 10AM CENTRAL!
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.
NEED A COPY?
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
JOIN 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.
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Hope to see ya there!
Elizabeth and Susan
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:
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:
I.D. of black-key groups
I.D. of Half and Whole Steps using Susan Paradis’ clever Robosteps
The possibilities are endless….
Excellent silent-practice keyboard while at the dining room table waiting for your lesson!
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!
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! NOW …. 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.!
2. Winner of an assortment of Piano Adventures books I use often with transfer students: Dorla A.!
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 email@example.com.
Thanks to both Hal Leonard and Faber Piano Adventures for their giveaway contributions!