Rhythm skills are so important for piano students. I try to squeeze rhythm activities into as many piano lessons as possible. I find that it really helps students to work with rhythm outside of the context of playing music so that they have a good foundation and skills to draw from when tricky rhythms show up in music. Here are five rhythm resources that I use regularly in piano lessons. … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Teach Rhythm To Piano Students
Thanks for all of your excitement about SmartKidsPiano! If you missed the big news, you'll want to head over to this post to find out about my big project. I wanted to share some free sheet music with you today. Take Me Out To The Ball Game is a song in the Smart Kids Piano library. If you're a teacher or you already play piano, I'm happy to share this sheet with you. However, if you … [Read more...] about Free Sheet Music: Take Me Out To The Ball Game
It can be hard to get piano students excited about playing scales. They can be messy, confusing and complicated. But, once they start making sense, most piano students take off with their piano playing. Sight reading skills, technique, understanding of music theory and many more musical skills all start coming together when students master scales. As a piano teacher, playing scales can get … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Learn Piano Scales
A common first question from new piano students is, “What do the pedals do?” The pedal on the right clearly changes the sound of the piano, but the other pedals might not seem to sound very different. Let's learn about the purpose of the pedals, starting with the pedal on the right. Sustain Pedal The sustain pedal, also called the damper pedal, is the pedal you will use the most at the … [Read more...] about What Do The Piano Pedals Do?
Here's a favorite holiday song that is super easy to play on the piano: We Wish You A Merry Christmas. This is song is festive and perfectly encapsulates the Christmas season. Here are two super easy versions of We Wish You A Merry Christmas in Middle C Position. One is notated on the staff, the other is off the staff. Click here to download sheet music: We Wish You A … [Read more...] about Free Easy Piano Sheet Music: We Wish You A Merry Christmas
This post is a sponsored post in partnership with Skoove. All opinions are 100% my own. I'm always on the lookout for great online resources to help people learn their favorite piano songs. I wish I could pull up a chair at the piano and give you your own personalized lesson every week. But, time, distance and money are often factors that make in-person piano lessons a challenge. … [Read more...] about Learn Piano Online: Skoove Review