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.
JOIN US! – Susan Paradis and Elizabeth Gutierrez on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at RBC Music Company in lovely San Antonio, TX!
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Hope to see ya there!
Elizabeth and Susan
This indispensable seems like a no-brainer, but how many of us really give our studio lighting proper attention?
#5 – GOOD LIGHTING
I used to think that a “proper” piano lamp should be one of these:
While it does look lovely on a grand piano and illuminates the music rack quite well, I later discovered just how hot these little babies get when I accidentally burned my hand on one. Ouch! I learned fast not to reach up and adjust it while it was on (!).
As I started adding more young students to my studio, I began to worry about their little hands reaching up to adjust it and forgetting about my warning to them about the lamp’s heat, so….. I now use this one instead:
OttLite Battery Task Lamp
I originally purchased this compact Ottlite for my needlework (it’s intended for craft work), but it’s been wonderful sitting on the left side of my music rack shining clean “daylight” on sheet music. I can see all the fine print with ease with hardly any glare and almost no heat. And who needs more heat while teaching during a Texas summer?
I also like that this little lamp is energy-efficient and I just fold it down to turn it off like this:
Mine can run on a rechargeable battery so I can move it around to wherever I need it, but not all styles have that feature. It weighs only 4 lbs with a very stable base and so far it hasn’t fallen over. There are some that weigh less, and besides black or white, Ottlite offers them in some cool nifty colors. I purchased a floor lamp style (for almost 1/2 price!) which I now use for my needlework and sewing. Love it!
BEST PRICE: 23.68 to 49.99 for a desktop version at Amazon HERE, depending on the particular features you desire. Joann Fabric and Craft stores has them on sale this week HERE and in their stores. The store will always honor the online price. If you miss the sale, check for weekly coupons at their site. They come in handy!
So do you have a particular lamp you really favor for your studio or studio piano? Please share if so. Remember….be kind to your eyes! And that of your students as well!
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!
#3 – ONLINE MUSIC TEACHER DIRECTORY SERVICE
Every music teacher’s studio needs some type of web presence these days. An online music teacher directory is a key tool if you want to maintain a steady flow of interested prospects headed in your direction. And of course if you’re new to an area, this is definitely an indispensable! Plain and simple — people interested in musical education need a way to find you and online directories work for you 24/7. Read More
If you’ve found this post, you have probably just watched my webinar “Discover the Magic of Teaching Young Beginners” at the inaugural online music teachers conference: MusicEdConnect (www.musicedconnect.com). I hope you enjoyed it! or enjoyed your recording of it if you missed the LIVE session.
As promised, I have 2 GIVEAWAYS for all participants! LEAVE A REPLY (see it above) and tell me what you thought of the session &/or what you thought of the conference. Enter your reply by midnight, Saturday, Feb 8. I’ll then do the drawing and will contact the winners by email. Winners will be announced here!
Stay tuned for more from Piano Camp for Piano Teachers. This is just the first day of our blog so pardon our appearance! We’ll be adding more bells and whistles soon and look forward to serving piano teachers everywhere!