Check out this cool video from TED-Ed that uses a circle to visually represent rhythms:
A student's drawing inspired by Haydn's Farewell Symphony. Notice the empty chairs and musicians walking away!
Tomorrow is Halloween! So, when a student today asked if she could learn a Halloween piece, there really wasn't time to learn a whole new piece. Luckily, I'd read this blog post by Diane Hidy last year! I suggested to my student that we could try taking a piece she already knew and make it more Halloween-y instead. The piece was A Prairie Dog Companion from Piano Safari Level 2.
We changed the key to G minor and then she decided it would sound better in a lower register. She marked the new notes (B flats) with pumpkin stickers :-)
These Piano Safari Level 3 Sightreading and Rhythm cards just arrived in the mail today. Very excited to try them out with my students!
One of my favorite projects from the last year. I created a homemade velcro staff to help young students explore the grand staff in many different ways. Here's an example of how we used colored dots to differentiate the staves, as well as lines and spaces.
Thoughts on Piano Teaching
Lauren Sonder is a piano teacher in Norman, OK.
She loves to apply creative teaching techniques to help students get the most out of their lessons.