Pumpkin Squeeze

Building on Pumpkin Hand Piano and Pumpkin Tapping, Pumpkin Squeeze gets students to feel their hand and fingers working together. I really could not be happier with the

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Pumpkin Tapping

In last week’s post, Pumpkin Hand Piano  I presented the use of a pumpkin as a metaphor and prop for teaching kids how to use their

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Pumpkin Hand Piano

Perhaps the greatest struggle young beginning piano students have is with learning to use their fingers effectively. Teacher’s have generally agreed that curved fingers are

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How Do You Judge Success?

I have had students place first in competitive contests. I’ve had students earn the highest rating of Superior Plus in Piano Guild auditions playing a National program

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Detective Work

Names in this post have been changed to preserve the privacy of those involved.  John is a great student. He’s had the benefit of growing

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When Hard is Easy

The conundrum many young (4-7), beginning piano students face is that ineffective practice is easy, but is also soon boring and frustrating because it’s ineffective.

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Practice Tools

If you don’t have an ax or a saw, you might “cut” a tree down by building a fire on the ground around its trunk.

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