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Shoo-Fly LH and Generativity

I’m learning Shoo-Fly. Any thoughts on reminder clues for the LH runs in the second part? It starts on D and goes up, then starts on C and goes up, and both have a black note but in a different spot. I find myself coming…

Practice Pads and Controlling the Events

I’m in my second month of teaching Simply Music, and I have groups of mostly 3-6 kids. I have four practice pads that I got laminated but not mounted.  Initially I tried using the practice pads, but I found it frustrating, especially with the younger…

Using Practice Pads

With regard to the recent discussions about Practice Pads, I wish to add a word of caution. Please be careful to make sure that only a small or modest percentage of your class time is spent with individual students processing content on their individual Practice…

Shared Lessons, Private Lessons and Observatory Learning

I am responding to Kerry H’s e-mail about shared vs. private lessons in response to Cheryl G’s questions. I found myself nodding in agreement as I read Kerry’s document about the reasons she gives to parents for why she believes shared lessons are preferable. Her…

Justifying the Benefits of Learning with Others

For the teachers who do mostly groups: Is group lessons mentioned in your advertising or not? How do you handle objections from parents who only want private? Do you take these students or not? Would you mind saying what you tell the parents are the…

Need Large Class Tips

I remember Neil brilliantly teaching a large group at a recent seminar but I didn’t take good enough notes. I have just combined kids from 3 different lessons into one group of 6 and two of the moms are balking—want more playing time and individual…

Bringing Hands Together (Shared vs. Private)

When you have students unfold the patterns on their (printed) keyboards, do you also have them put both hands together first on their keyboard? I have tried this but found that I can’t watch them all and so don’t know if they are doing it…