Discover a new Creative Library of videos to power up your teacher toolkit! Your hosts Randall Faber and Brian DiBlassio show how bursts of creativity, spinning from favorite Piano Adventures songs and arrangements, make lessons exploratory and fun. Confidently go beyond the written page and guide your students to improvise, compose, and create at the […]
Happy New Year, Mr. Hanon! And to all teachers, students, adult learners, colleagues, and those who enjoy playful patterns, ceremonial chords, and an adventurous Auld Lang Syne—fueled by Mr. Hanon’s first pattern in “The Virtuoso Pianist.” Charles Louis Hanon (1819-1900) has helped develop the technique of thousands of pianists through his patterned exercises in “The Virtuoso […]
Curious about how the Atlas can help your online teaching even if you already have a library of books in print? Want to get more from your current subscription, including faster navigation and coordinating screen share while video conferencing? Join Landon Baumgard on an informal walk-through full of convenient tips and tricks. Learn how to […]
To bring our MTNA Showcase right to you, we captured a live stream video on March 25th at the home of Nancy and Randall Faber. Here, Dr. Faber discusses the unique challenges facing piano teachers today, and puts these challenges into a framework of compassion and understanding. Within the context and juxtaposition of “new tools […]
Once again we arrive at this special time of year. We send to you and your students our warmest holiday wishes! Let’s imagine we are all chatting around the table drinking hot cocoa: What kind of fun things do you and your students do this month? Do you have a favorite holiday song to teach? […]
To welcome in the season of thanks, we offer a well-decorated performance of “God Bless Us Everyone” from FunTime Piano Disney (Level 3A-3B). May your holidays be sweet, musical, and full of cheer. Thanksgiving wishes to everyone!
For this week’s musical treat, watch a pup turn pages at the piano for one of Disney’s favorite songs about a “freaky fashionista.” The costume is spots, the rhythm is swing, and the key is C—for candy, of course, and Cruella de Vil. Enjoy this jazzy arrangement in FunTime® Piano Disney, for Level 3A and up.
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” from ChordTime Piano Hits may be the favorite wedding song of our generation. It also happens to be the perfect song to learn four chords that define western popular music: I, vi, IV, and V. These chords surely sound familiar by now—they’re the same four chords we looked at last week. If […]
“I wanna see you be brave!” This chorus from Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” offers words of encouragement for each of us—as piano teachers, students, and performers. How many of us grew up playing only classical piano, while listening to the Beatles, Billy Joel, and Coldplay? Perhaps being brave as a teacher means exploring music with our students, […]
Sharing a chord progression from your student’s favorite pop song is a sure-fire way to engage and connect. In addition to rocketing your cool status, brain neurons will spark, as your students explore music theory and creativity in ways that complement traditional repertoire. This week we take a look at “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine […]