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Webinar Series: 07/18/2018 – Piano – Music & the New Case for Creativity

The Introductory Session has always been a successful marketing tool for Simply Music teachers. However, we live in a different world now than when the FIS was first created. We now have the opportunity to share how learning with the Simply Music method can equip students with ‘critical neurological nutrition’ to help them thrive in an unpredictable and ever-changing world. Every Simply Music teacher can benefit by incorporating this dialogue into their lives. Background of FIS Format (00:05) Why a…

Value of “easy” TFMM songs

I have an adult, private student who came to me already reading. She is near the end of Foundation Level 6, has completed Reading Rhythm and Reading Notes, and is working her way through Read n Play. I'm realizing I've procrastinated on introducing Time for More Music because it's so much easier than the reading projects that she continues to work on outside of lessons. I know she would beieft from focusing on playing-based strategies with…

Seeing and identifying chords in non-accompaniment pieces

In many SM pieces, learning by the playing-based strategies, I very quickly see chords. For example, Dark Blue starts with an A flat chord plus G. Lullaby has C, F, and G chords all over the right hand part. It's almost like my brain sorts the music into groups of chords. I have a couple of questions: Is this (seeing the music in groups of chords) a common experience for SM teachers and students? Would it…

Teaching half-steps

I taught a student yesterday who had trouble understanding half-steps (introduced in order to learn Bishop Street Blues). She successfully learned the chords just by learning their geography, but I'd like to return to the concept from another angle. Any suggestions? You know how the white keys are longer than the black ones, coming all the way out toward us, while the black ones end further away from us? So…

Recording students for teacher certification

When do you record your students' playing? I'm at a point where I should be able to become certified, but I haven't been good at doing the student recordings because I feel like it's unfair to them to take up their class time with recording them for my purposes. I also don't necessarily want to submit recordings of every student I have in any particular group. At the end of every…

Student learned more advanced Fur Elise already

I have a very talented student who has a keyboard and he learns songs from the tutorials on the keyboard, i.e. Fur Elise. The version he has learned is more difficult than the Fur Elise in Foundation 2. I'm afraid he won't want to learn the Foundation 2 version as he is already playing a more advanced version. What would you do? Foundation 1 and 2 strategies are more important than…

“What to do” vs “How to do”

Separating the "what to do" from the "how to do" - on a basic level, I see this as separating patterns of pitch from rhythm. But I know there is a better analogy for understanding this concept. Anyone have any insight? What to do: what notes or fingers you will use How to do: what rhythm, expression, tempo you will play these notes/fingers "What to do"…

Testimonial video: to use or not to use?

I'm still going through my TTMs so I can start doing FIS's but I'm running into an issue I'm not quite sure how to solve: The FIS requires playing the testimonial video, but our TV is in the living room and I'm going to be teaching in a separate room. I'd like to not have to use our main living space because my husband is usually doing stuff on his computer when he gets home (when I'd…

Teacher in a valley

I'm hoping to find some advice and encouragement. For several months, I have felt bogged down in studio management (mostly involving recruiting and keeping students since my finances are very restricted at the moment). In the process of trying to fill vacancies and keep my financial boat afloat, I am losing the joy of teaching and constantly feel drained. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to keep energized and excited about teaching while feeling totally…

The importance of the learning strategies

After learning Ode to Joy, mom said her son wasn't able to "get it" with the counting, so she tapped his hand when he was supposed to change the LH chord so he was able to learn the hands together. This week he only practiced Ode to Joy and Night Storm, no other songs. We had done the variation on Night Storm. Mom said Ode to Joy was really hard. I encouraged mom to have him…

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