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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…

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…

Webinar Series: 03/23/2018 – Gateway – What Can I Do If…..?

In this webinar you will hear about actual situations that teachers have encountered with their special needs students and learn from Karen’s expertise how best to handle those situations. Topics include: Using a Schedule with Students on the Spectrum (00:05) Difficulty Finding Black Note Groups (2:57) Starting Your First Gateway Student (6:08) How to Handle Challenging Behavior (9:02) Students Reluctant to Progress (18:24) Student Getting Distracted / School Setting Issues (26:18) Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviors (29:29) Accepting the Student as…

Webinar Series: 02/16/2018 – Gateway – Spotlight on Parent/Coach Role

The role of the parent or coach with Gateway students can differ quite a bit from the role they play in the Simply Music Piano program. Learn why this is often necessary, ways in which you can still keep parents involved, and hear some real-life examples of how to do so. Topics include: Introduction Initial Steps for Teachers Talking About Gateway & Expectations Teacher Relationship with the Student How to Involve the Parent Teacher Question: How to Encourage a Parent…

Webinar Series: 03/13/2018 – Piano – Crafting a Dialogue: Benefits of Learning with a Teacher

Online self-study piano courses and YouTube instructional videos are here to stay. There are populations of people who can benefit from those, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to, or choose to, learn with a teacher. We as educators are still a vital resource for everyone else; however we must learn to embrace the benefits of self-study programs while clearly communicating the benefits of what we offer with Simply Music lessons. Topics include: Introduction: Technological Transformations (00:05) Technology in…

Webinar Series: 01/23/2018 – Piano – Remaining Influential in the Digital Age

In this webinar we discuss the inevitability of technological advances, how those can affect our teaching studios, and the critical nature of remaining relevant and influential as music educators. Topics include: Introduction (00:05) What Does it Mean to be “Relevant”? (03:29) Paradox of Technology in Music Education (10:35) Role of Technology in Marketing (13:58) Technology in the Teaching Environment (19:17) How Do We Compete with Online Learning Platforms? (26:00) Teacher Question: Students Wanting Different Circumstances in Lessons (37:01) Teacher YouTube…

Webinar Series: 02/06/2018 – Piano – Becoming a Self-Generative Teacher

In this webinar you will learn the importance of developing your own self-generative skills in supporting self-generative students. Practical steps are shared with regard to how to accomplish this. Topics include: Distinction Between Receptive & Generative Skills (00:00) Importance of Supporting Self-Generative Students (05:55) Developing Yourself as a Generative Teacher (17:38) Relevance of Playlist & Long-Term Relationship Conversation (30:59) Recap - How Teachers Can Develop Generative Skills (33:51) Teacher Questions: Parents Helping Struggling Students (35:32) Transition into Development Program (38:58)…

Webinar Series: 01/12/2018 – Gateway – Enhancing Your Students’ Experiences Through Singing

Vocalizing and singing adds a rich dimension to your lessons with students who have special needs. Karen talks about why that is, how to do incorporate it into your lessons, and answers teachers’ questions about students with various ability levels with regard to verbal communication. Topics include: Background: The Benefits of Singing (00:00) Levels of Vocalizations (03:26) When to Introduce Singing (08:06) Nonverbal Student (11:06) Working with an Older Adult on the Spectrum (13:43) Role of Parent/Caregiver in Lessons (19:06)…

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