Laurie Richards

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Jazz Clues Order

Hi everybody – is there an optimal/preferable way to process Jazz pieces and JC 1-4? Option 1: start with the Mirron and process all 4 Jazz Clues, then move on to the next piece, all 4 clues….vs. Option 2: Learn each song with Jazz Clue…

Self-Generating in Development Levels

I’ve been pondering the self generative nature of the Developmental levels lately and how I can sharpen up my game. I have students up to L 15 atm. So I started crafting more How, Why, Discover What, I wonder if..’ type questions/phrases to sprinkle through…

Preparatory Learning

Tip for ya. I remember several teachers commenting a while back on how challenging it was to teach Sonata in C (Level 4) online. I have found that ‘preparatory learning’ has made this piece SO much easier to learn. Beginning a song or two before…

Blues Infusion Flipped Classroom

Wondering if anyone has used the Blues Infusion program in a “flipped classroom” way, where you send students to watch it on their own and follow up in class? I feel it could be a good extra project for students in groups who want more.…

Teacher Playing with Music at Recital

At my end of year recital, for the first time I will be playing and one of my choices is Silent Night Blues by Neil Moore and my own composition Bush Christmas. I enjoy playing and hope that feeling is felt by others. Do you…

Students Playing at Retirement Homes

I mentioned in another post that my students have the opportunity once a month to play at a retirement center. We go to the same one each month. I just wanted to share last week’s experience playing there. I only had about 12 students sign…

Longer Pieces in Recitals

I’d like for students to have some longer pieces for the recital. Any thoughts on doing this? I could have students do some variations/arrangements together into one piece or perhaps have them make up their own variations for arrangements to add. Any thoughts on how…

Piano Parties & Recital Ideas

Would anyone like to start a discussion re piano parties? I’m most interested in tools that might help the families of the kids be involved and that sneak in some SM concepts. But if you have any other suggestions for things that were really wonderful–…