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  • All-in-One book: play by ear, read & write notes with fun games and activities
  • 29 fun songs to learn and explore
  • Sing & play basic solfege (Do-Re-Mi), improve ear-training
  • Fun, colorful, playful illustrations 
  • Easy to follow, clean & simple layout
  • Play-along with recordings for at-home practice
  • Creativity is encouraged, attention to student’s ideas & interests
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Musical Go-Fish: Learn Treble Clef notes CDEFG. Kids love this game! I created these special 3-note cards for my students .. hope you enjoy them too!

Deck of 32 cards, 2 Levels: Blue: CDE Purple: CDEFG

GOAL: Students learn to recognize different starting notes, patterns of skipping and stepping up and down, and master CDEFG, all while having fun playing a game!

FREE SHIPPING of Cards when ordered with BOOK (shipping rate of $3.85)

Available for Pre-Order on Kickstarter through Sept. 19th midnight. Then available on my website. Will be shipped in approx. 3 weeks.

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DIY PROJECTS & GAMES

Welcome to my Piano Studio blog!  Fun ideas and games for teaching piano  :)  I have taught piano for over 15 years, and always strive to listen to & inspire my students.  They are so creative and I love finding new ways to keep up with them!  Hope you enjoy these articles & pics - Cynthia 

with my piano teacher from highschool, Ann Tanabe - reunited in Seattle, WA

with my piano teacher from highschool, Ann Tanabe - reunited in Seattle, WA

How to make the DIY Felt Board in 3 EASY STEPS: 

Materials available at Michaels:  1 foam board, 1 white, blue, & black felt sheets, tacky glue, velcro strips, scissors

1. Paste white felt sheet onto foam board

2. Cut 5 black lines of felt, paste onto board

3. Cut out blue note circles and attach velcro backs with paste

READY TO PLAY!! 

Creative activities list

Creative activities for the piano studio:

  • *FREE DOWNLOAD The "Challenge Wheel" - wheel of fortune type game, with music challenges in each pie!  I created this game because it is fun to spin a wheel :) Come up with challenges for the students on the spot based on their level. 
  • *FREE DOWNLOAD "Summer Bingo" - try something different this summer, and take on a weekly challenge!
  • Trip to the symphony - a one of a kind memory
  • Student music showcase - host at a local coffeehouse, or somewhere fun!
  • Ensemble workshop - get the kids together to jam!
  • Music festivals - the more live music, the better!
  • Recording project - you can add layers of tracks to their songs, and have a blast arranging with different sounds
  • Visit a nursing home - the smiles are so rewarding
  • Free-write while listening - some kids love making up stories to music :) and for others, it gets their creative juices flowing!
  • Research music history - illustrate, write a book report on a composer, song, or musical period
  • Original compositions - give them tools to create, a blank manuscript book, and the courage to try it! 
  • Transcriptions of popular/movie/video-game music - nothing is as engaging as a song you LOVE already
  • Improvisation - jazz, free improv, blues, playing over a couple chords - give them a chance to say something
  • Peer buddies - have students write each other & share their recorded songs via mp3
  • Benefit concert for charity - it's fun to create a concert together supporting a great cause, students can be in charge of tickets/posters, etc.
  • Studio music project book - make a collection of everyone's projects to view 
  • Score a "film" clip - set music to a scene from a favorite film, or slideshow of photos
  • Mini-choir - get the studio singing together for a song at the recital! Piano students always need more collaborations
  • World music map - put a pin in a map to show where everyone's songs are from!
  • Involve students' 2nd instruments - show them how to accompany a melody on their 2nd instrument, or create ensembles at the recital for variety
  • Duets at Piano recitals 
  • Moody keys game - improvise in a key and ask your student to describe the sound of that key, then guess what key you're playing in.  Then they improvise for you!
  • Summer practice challenge - kind of like summer reading at the library, you can collect stickers for every song you learn and get a prize at the end of the summer.

Have fun!! :)  A few more ideas on my Pinterest Board -- 

at Soundbridge music discovery center, Seattle, WA, signing a card for Maltiti Girls School at our benefit concert

at Soundbridge music discovery center, Seattle, WA, signing a card for Maltiti Girls School at our benefit concert

with my student, Emily, at a coffeehouse performance for students ..

with my student, Emily, at a coffeehouse performance for students ..

Favorite Piano Books

Check out my Favorite Piano Books here, or visit my Pinterest page below for a colorful & interactive experience! Do re mi fa sol la ti do! :) 

My original sheet music arrangements

Buy on Sheet Music Plus:

*First Noel Christmas duet 
late-intermediate

*Pachelbel's Canon 
early-intermediate 

*Arirang Korean folk song

*Moli Hua Chinese folk song

*Old Joe Clark American folk song

*Eileen's Waltz

Plus many more Christmas songs!

Buy on Sheet Music Plus:

*First Noel Christmas duet late-intermediate

*Pachelbel's Canon early-intermediate

*Arirang Korean folk song

*Moli Hua Chinese folk song

*Old Joe Clark American folk song

*Eileen's Waltz

Plus many more Christmas songs!

Piano Studio

I'm very happy to teach at Mikes Music, an awesome music store in Ellicott City, Maryland! Check em out here

I'm very happy to teach at Mikes Music, an awesome music store in Ellicott City, Maryland! Check em out here

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20 things every improviser should know <3

    Love this blog post from www.jazzadvice.com 20 things every improviser should know <3

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