Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dribble Specs in the Piano Studio? Yes, Please!

This post has been revised, updated, and expanded, and is now available at my new blog at MelodyPayne.com. Please CLICK HERE to read the new post. 

This post is dedicated to students around the world who just can't help but look at their hands to be sure they are playing the correct note, on every single beat!

It's so tempting. Just like a decadent piece of extra dark, smooth, silky, melty chocolate. Extremely tempting, and very satisfying as well!

To what am I referring? Students who love to look at their hands as they play every note! Students whose heads bob up and down like they are watching a kangaroo on a pogo stick. 

Thanks to a super idea from a wonderful friend of mine (Yay, Heidi!) who knows a lot more about basketball than I do, and whose daughter is taking Skype piano lessons with me, here's a new way to help students learn to trust themselves to look at the page as they play the piano while reading the score. 

Check out these "Unique Dribble Specs" (which I purchased at amazon.com). My awesome student Tyler was kind enough to demonstrate their use in his piano lesson last week. Check out the glasses in his photo above. Do you see the wide black bottom rim? The wide bottom rim prevents basketball players from looking at their hands as they dribble. The wide rim blocks their view of their own hands so they learn to trust themselves and dribble by feel. So, why not use Dribble Specs in piano lessons? 

Check out Tyler in the two photos below. You can see that the glasses (which are rubber and do not have any lenses in them) prevent Tyler from seeing his hands without bending his neck to an almost 90-degree angle. That makes looking at his hands extremely cumbersome, so he trusts himself to play the correct notes, peeking only if his hands change positions, and his accuracy improves like magic! 


Do you have any piano lesson magic tricks up your sleeve? If so, please share a comment below!

Friday, October 25, 2013

An Inspired Freebie: Interval Flurries

Today I awoke to WAY below-freezing temperatures and the first snowfall of the season. Brrrrrrrr!! As I was watching the snowflakes dancing from the clouds to the ground, I was inspired to create these new activity sheets for elementary music students: Interval Flurries. This set of activity sheets can be printed or used with iPad.

Enjoy this freebie page from Interval Flurries, and enjoy the upcoming season of COLD weather! Click the image to open it in a new window, then right-click or control-click to save the image. If you'd like the complete set of Interval Flurries, it can be purchased in my store.

Stay warm and cozy, friends!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Advice from Someone Who Knows

If you don't know about The Musician's Way Blog, check it out. This post is a gem.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Transform Your Studio Space on a Budget, Part 4: The Reveal

It's finally time to "unveil" the budget music studio makeover! Before you read the rest of this post, you might want to take a minute to read the first three parts of this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

All done? Buckle in... Here we go!