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Webinar Series: 05/12/2019 – Piano Stories Behind the Songs, Part 2

Continued from Piano Stories Behind the Songs (Part 1), Neil shares the inspiration behind many of his songs and song names, beginning in Foundation Level 5 through Development Level 12. Topics include: Introduction Introduction (00:05) (FL5) Shoo-Fly, The Gaz, Sit By My Side (02:59) (FL6) Chorale, One More Time (09:24) (FL6) Classical Pieces, Home (13:11) (FL7) Old Man Whistle, Church Song (17:24) (FL7) Miles, ‘57 12/8 Blues (20:25) (FL8) Shadow, D-Part (23:41) (FL8) Caught Between the Daybreak, Beautiful Boy (26:48)…

Webinar Series: 02/15/2019 – Gateway – Skills & Mindset of a Successful Gateway Teacher

Teaching students with profound special needs is a different experience than teaching typical students. Karen discusses this in relation to goals and expectations, your own confidence, and dealing with parents' expectations. Topics include: Introduction (00:05) Teacher Temperament (04:18) Readiness to Progress (10:11) Visually Impaired Students Learning Tactilely (14:08) Teacher Expectations & Flexibility (19:48) Relating to Parents (30:20) Helpful Books on the Autism Spectrum (38:31) Teacher History & Meeting with Parents (40:16) Persisting with Very Slow Progress (46:02) Click through the…

Webinar Series: 2/12/2019 – Piano – Stories Behind the Songs

This is a fascinating look at Neil’s compositions and the inspiration behind them. You will learn some things about Neil by listening to these stories, and have some cool things to share with your students as they learn them. Topics include: Background & Context (00:05) Dreams Come True (02:37) Night Storm (05:49) Jackson Blues, Honey Dew & Chester Chills Out (09:53) Bishop Street Blues & Fur Elise (14:13) Alma Mater Blues & I’ll Be There (16:04) Dog? & Sleeping (20:57)…

Webinar Series: 01/11/2019 – Piano – Retention & Attrition in Commercial Studios

Don’t miss this conversation among several long-standing, experienced Simply Music teachers! They have all operated large commercial studios and experienced managing and employing teachers in their studios. They discuss several topics which have impacted their student retention rates. Topics include: Teacher Introductions (00:05) One Thing that Improves Retention (10:18) ‘Pre-Screening’ Potential Students, Using the 4-Song Workshop (20:39) The Importance of Core Conversations (33:34) Auto Billing, Who Conducts FIS’s (36:36) Quality Control with Employed Teachers (42:24) Click through the video to…

Webinar Series: 11/20/2018 – Piano – Managing Multiple Streams

In this webinar, Laurie discusses some tips for managing several different streams in the curriculum and answers teacher questions. Topics include: Introduction & Purpose (0:05) When to Teach Variations & Arrangements (1:05) Expected Level of Mastery (07:25) Planning Your Training (11:03) Teacher Questions: Comp & Improv; TFMM; Jazz Clues (14:16) Determining Order of Programs/Songs (16:55) Keeping Arrangements Alive (19:01) Managing Multiple Streams in Class (28:45) Managing Repertoire Review; Planning Lessons (40:42) Click through the video to hear Laurie discuss the…

Webinar Series: 08/16/2018 – Piano – Turbo-Charge Your Studio with the Playlist Management Program

Hear from Jy Gronner and Sheri Reingold, creators of our Supplemental Program, Playlist Management. Learn about all the wonderful content included in this program as well as how to implement it in your studio. Topics include: Introducing Jy & Sheri, Creators of Playlist Management (00:05) Teacher Questions (03:53) Communicating Reasons for the Playlist (05:24) Double Pipes (11:20) Parties & Fun Ways to Keep Playlist Alive (14:39) Utilizing the Playlist from the Program (23:16) About Arrangement Names (28:56) Conclusion (35:29) Click…

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…

Webinar Series: 06/15/2018 – Gateway – Music Stories from Karen’s Studio

In this webinar Karen shares videos of her teaching her own students with learning disabilities and discusses their stories and their successes with the Gateway program. Introduction (00:05) Student Video 1: Nikos (00:43) Student Video 2: Rick (09:35) Student Video 3: Eytan (22:28) Student Video 4: Jewels (29:37) Student Video 5: Shane (37:34) Teacher Question: Student with Cerebral Palsy (40:37) Click through the video to hear Karen discuss the previously stated topics.

Webinar Series: 04/20/2018 – Gateway – Improving Fine Motor Function at the Piano

Karen discusses some very common fine motor challenges in students with special needs and ways in which teachers can address them in the Gateway curriculum, and addresses teacher questions about some of their students’ fine motor issues. Topics include: Typical Fine Motor Issues (00:05) Fine Motor Challenges Addressed in Gateway (8:43) Teacher Questions: Crossing the Midline – Finger Isolation (13:05) Finger Exercises (22:21) Trouble with Finger Isolation (33:05) Students with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome (40:53) Click through the video below…

Webinar Series: 04/19/2018 – Piano – Ask Neil Anything

This webinar is driven by teacher questions. Topics range from the rationale behind some of the curriculum to supporting coaches to the future of Simply Music. Enjoy! Topics include: Intro: Funny Story About Neil (00:05) Helping Parents be ‘Requirement-Based’ (2:06) How Teachers Can Improve Their Rhythm Skills (12:55) Engaging All Students in Shared Lessons (20:04) Rationale for Repertoire of 30-40 Songs (28:13) Reason for Notation Changes in Foundation Music (31:23) Blues Songs – More Common Keys Used (33:58) Developing Our…

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