What Happens When You Ask A Preschooler If They Can Do Anything

Ask a preschooler and see what happens. Imagine this scenario. You walk into a preschool classroom of three year olds and pose a series of questions to the children: “Who here knows how to dance?” Every hand shoots up. “Who here knows how to sing?” Again, every hand is in the air. “Who here knows…

Surprising Secrets From A Grammy Award-Winning Arranger

Surprising secrets emerge in conversation with jazz legend Gil Goldstein on music education, color and music, polyrhythms and more. A few years ago, I met a man walking his two little dogs.  We got to talking and he told me his name was Gil.  He was a musician.  Hey, me too!    Over time, I…

How to make music practice effective – it can change your life

Men Wearing Makeup Playing Loud Guitars When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying! It was the rock band KISS. It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like…

How To Teach Preschoolers Piano And Fill Your Studio To Capacity!

Hello Music Teachers.  This is a replay of our Teaching Preschoolers Piano webinar from April 3, 2016.  We had a lot of technical glitches but we sorted them out in the end. Who is this for? This webinar was primarily for private piano teachers who own their own studios or are freelance teachers in bigger studios…

Seinfeld’s Simple Technique Is How To Practice Music

“My child loves the lessons but just doesn’t want to practice.”   It’s probably the number one challenge of every music teacher, parent, and music student:  how to make practice part of a daily routine. For young preschoolers, this is something that has to be taught and externally monitored by the parent.  It’s highly unusual…

Goals, Plans? Who needs it? I’ll Just Wing It

Or “I’ll Just Wing It,” and other famous last words… “What’s the plan?” These are three simple words that can guide you in your life and in your profession.  As a teacher, you need to have a plan.  This plan should be  scalable with multiple time-lengths.  Now that we’re close to the end of the…

Music from Frozen – Easiest Piano Sheet Music

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? I can’t ever recall a time when I’ve had so many requests for the same music from virtually all of my students.  Disney’s film Frozen  and it’s incredibly catchy music has captivated every kid I know.  And especially since the songwriters live in my neighborhood! I’ve taught Let it…

Let It Be, easy piano sheet music for intermediate players

The Beatles changed the world with their catchy pop melodies, excellent song structures and beautiful harmonies.  This song is long a favorite for pianists, but playing it in the original key of C is quite difficult for most young singers who have the heart of their range from middle C (C4) to the one above…