Welcome to the new weekly series “Indispensables of Piano Teaching.” Like me you probably have several teaching manipulatives, tools, gadgets, or maybe a reference book that you always find yourself reaching for during lessons. I’ll be sharing one of my “can’t do without” items each week here on the blog for the next several weeks (not games or a specific activity, but an actual tool or gadget that I can’t do without). Please comment if you use any of the same tools and don’t hesitate to tell us how you use them in your studio. And maybe later I’ll highlight one of your favorite tools!
#1 – COLORED HIGHLIGHTER TAPE
I have found more uses for this tape than I could have realized! It’s fantastic for highlighting troublesome spots in a student’s music. You can write on it, see through it, remove it when a problem is corrected, and then reuse it! Students love the colors (pink, green, blue, yellow, red or purple) and I find it the MOST useful in guiding their home practice. Read More
FEBRUARY 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.
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!
Many apologies for not posting in almost 2 months! I know many of you have been wondering what happened to our Bartok Play-Along. GOOD NEWS! – it will resume the first week of January 2015 and I promise, we will indeed finish the entire set! 🙂
So where have I been? Well….an opportunity to create some new piano materials arose and I’ve been busy writing and arranging like mad. I am pleased to announce that I am editing and arranging piano publications for a new digital piano publishing firm , Piano Passport. There is so much coming up in 2015 that I’m ready to bust my buttons!
* View the first 4 Piano Passport publications here and read about the focus of the company: www.pianopassport.com
* Please LIKE the Piano Passport Facebook page here, and share, share, share!: www.facebook.com/pianopassport
* And sign up for the Piano Passport email list here. There will be discount opportunities for subscribers. Emails will not be shared.:
Many of you may know I’ve been an avid researcher and proponent for Latin American piano music. Here is one of my discoveries from Brazil that is now in print via Piano Passport. It will lift your spirits and start your toes tapping. It’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds. My students at the high-school level have really enjoyed it. Great rhythmic training and students never tire of it. Enjoy!
Tango Brasileiro by Alexandre Levy
Wishing you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and a joyous NEW YEAR filled with beautiful music!
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!