Musical S.T.E.M: HOT new resource for piano camps and group lessons

Summer is just around the corner. What are your plans?

With family vacations and overnight camps, regular weekly lessons during the summer may be tricky to schedule.

Coupled with the fact that students seem to slide into a summer practice slump, you need something new and different up your sleeve when it comes to summer teaching!

Changing things up can be just the ticket to

  • secure enrollment 
  • maintain a steady income and…
  • attract new students. 

I began this tradition of summer piano camps instead of weekly lessons in my studio years ago and now every summer, I (and my students!) look forward to new adventures on and off the bench. 

So…that’s why I’m over-the-top excited about sharing this innovative and imaginative resource created by good friend and colleague, Dorla Aparicio–remarkable teacher and expert at group instruction–and her co-author, Stephanie Ivery–science expert.

Whew…my summer plans are all set, thanks to them.

Read on to learn how Dorla developed Musical S.T.E.M. with Stephanie and how to use it in your studio.


Dorla Aparicio, imaginative expert in group instruction

I wish there was a fun and exciting story to tell about the birth of Musical S.T.E.M. A story about me growing up with a scientist father that was also a genius at the piano. Or that I was never allowed to play the piano until I finished my science homework.

The truth is… I am a homeschool mom.

I also have degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy, and I’ve always taught piano.

The spark for Musical S.T.E.M. came from reading my son’s high school chemistry textbook. Chapter 5 was all about Covalent Compounds and their Molecular Geometry. Not necessarily words in my vocabulary.

The Idea

The experiment due for his lab was bending water. We had to do it several times. We finally got it right and I had enjoyed every minute. Now I wanted to somehow share it with my piano students!

At this time my son was also being tutored in Algebra by a lovely teacher. Stephanie, a chemical engineer and also a musician, met my son on a weekly basis. When Stephanie would give me updates about tutoring progress, we would get sidetracked. We started talking about summer plans. Then talking about working on a project together. Very quickly we thought it would be an awesome idea. And Musical S.T.E.M. was born.

We (Stephanie and Dorla) decided to call it S.T.E.M. instead of S.T.E.A.M. on purpose. The focus is mainly music instead of science with an art component. We wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between subjects. School subjects are consistently separated from the arts, when in fact, if combined add a new richness to learning.

What Is Musical S.T.E.M.?

Musical S.T.E.M. is an elementary level curriculum for playing the piano alongside science, technology, engineering and math. It is different from many music camp curriculums because it includes playing the piano.

Piano teachers were the reason for putting it together.

Specifically, those that would like to include students of different ages and piano skills into one class.

Check out a sample lesson page.

Why consider Musical S.T.E.M.?

If you are searching for a piano camp that will be totally different than anything else you have planned before, this is it!

Musical S.T.E.M. is a curriculum for playing the piano in combination with science, technology, engineering and math.

Musical S.T.E.M. is for your if you…

  • Want to teach your students to play the piano by rote.
  • Need a day by day complete lesson plan.
  • Love to teach music and how it relates to other subjects.

Musical S.T.E.M. is NOT for you if you…

  • Avoid learning new things.
  • Want to teach piano the same OLD WAY you always have.
  • Don’t really care if your students are having FUN.

Musical S.T.E.M. lessons include:

  • Group Time and Game Time
  • Science Lesson
  • An experiment
  • A Piano Lesson
  • Original videos and links to YouTube videos
  • A Worksheet
  • No Books

There are NO books to purchase for the students because they will be playing by “ear.”

A list of suggested repertoire is included if you are not sure how to go about teaching by rote.

Follow this link if you can’t see the clever video!

Musical S.T.E.M. is flexible

The structure and format of the curriculum is strong enough to withstand changes that you need to make for your students. There is a list of optional materials that you may or may not decide to use. Think of this curriculum as a springboard to creating your own studio experience!

What questions do you have about Musical S.T.E.M.?


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and set your studio apart this summer!

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Leila Viss

Creative Pianist, Piano Teacher, Organist, Blogger and Author of The iPad Piano Studio

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