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The ONE thing that holds the power to...

Stickers, charts, money, candy, points, and prizes are frequently used to motivate students but, do they really work?  Is it our job as teachers to motivate our students? From what I’ve experienced, incentives and even teachers do NOT...

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How a Teacher Empowered her Piano Students...

Renée Holliman is a fine teacher who lives close to Atlanta, Georgia who came up with a brilliant idea for a studio recital. I know she’s a fine teacher because I saw her in action at the Savvy Musician in Action. You can read all about...

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Essentials for the Worship Team Pianist

Equipping a student with reading and memorizing skills may develop a capable pianist but, nowadays those limited skills aren’t going to cut it. Most pianists are or will be called upon to play beyond the score and read chord charts and play...

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Celebrate the Season with Winter Window...

Growing up in Iowa made me extremely thankful for the promise of Spring. While we waited for a hint of green grass, my family hunkered down on winter break afternoons in down vests and heavy sweaters to stay warm in the house. My dad made every...

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Drumming Cards 9-12 and Three Reasons to...

We fast forwarded the 12 days of drumming into 7 and now the final round of holiday bucket drumming cards are included below. Thanks for your patience as we drummed up ideas for your holiday fun! Pun intended. Another thank you to SO many of...

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12 Days of Drumming: Cards 5-8: Make Rhythms...

As promised, we are putting a rush on the 12 Days of Drumming cards so you can make your plans for your upcoming holiday parties, groups lessons and camps. If you haven’t been following this series of posts, Heather Nanney and Marie Lee...

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12 Days of Drumming Cards 1-4 and Tips on...

You asked for it and you got it! Some of you have wanted all the holiday bucket drumming cards in a rush to make plans for upcoming group lessons, parties and camps. I get it, I feel the same way. Also, I’d like to take a break from...

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Twelve Days of Drumming Ideas for the...

The well-known carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”  is a series of cumulative verses that list increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. Take note that the 12th day isn’t just 5 golden rings...

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12 Days of Drumming Ideas for Holiday...

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Five    ___ ___ Four   ___ ___ Three ___ ___ Two    ___ ___ and a partridge in a pear tree. Did you easily “sing in” the blanks? If so, good for you. What if you...