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How to Teach Group Piano Lessons

If you’re a piano teacher, you might be feeling frustrated that you can’t accommodate as many students as you’d like. Perhaps you have a waiting list and phone calls from parents eager to get their children started on lessons but there are no time-slots available.  Maybe you’ve been teaching piano lessons one-on-one for a while […]

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What the Pandemic Teaches us About Practice

In March, 2020, we were unexpectedly handed a new script with a redefined reality. As music teachers, we’ve suffered the loss of most everything held dear: Interacting with students in the same room. Playing on or listening to quality instruments with genuine acoustic sound. Singing or playing shoulder to shoulder with a fellow musician. Sharing […]

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Helping Your Music Students Feel Connected

By Nicole Douglas Music is about connection. Connecting with the composer. Connecting with the instrument. Connecting our experience with the past. And at the heart of it all, our music teachers are the people who help us discover these connections. We are used to building connections by being in the same room with each other—we […]

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A Short History of Stringed Instruments

What exactly counts as a “stringed instrument”?  The main thing is, it has strings, of course, stretched over the length of the neck of the instrument. There is some kind of sound-box which can be round, square, pear, guitar, or violin-shaped. The sound is produced either by plucking or by drawing a bow across the […]

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Practice Tips for Teachers, Students and Their Parents, Part 2

By Leila Viss Leila Viss generates creative-based, tech-savvy instruction and resources for her private studio, the University of Denver’s Piano Preparatory Program, LeilaViss.com, 88 Creative Keys events, music industry magazines, and frequent speaking engagements. This article was originally posted here at leilaviss.com on August 29, 2019, and is reprinted with permission. As music teachers, we […]

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