Many of you knew the celebrated piano pedagogue Suzanne Guy through her published series entitled Expressive Etudes. Perhaps you have copies of her books, If…You Would Add Beauty to the World or Wit and Wisdom from the Piano Bench. Maybe you were lucky enough to have her as a teacher or known her as a […]
If only we had 20/20 vision for the new and unpredictable 2020 decade. Forever change—we hear the persistent battle cry! And yet, if we pause, look closely and listen intently, perhaps we indeed can attain “a kind of 20/20 vision.” Some things never change and that is so good: the shy smile of a beginning […]
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!
New Piano Adventures Sightreading Coach Offers Smart Assessment Technology to Instantly Grade Rhythm and Pitch During At-Home Practice — Nancy and Randall Faber are pleased to announce the release of their newest digital support tool, the Piano Adventure Sightreading Coach. This innovative technology provides immediate feedback and assessment, making it the perfect companion to the […]
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 […]
Do your students like to listen to current pop hits from Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth and others? This month, we invite you to take a “color tour” through the Hits, featuring top pop artists. Our first lesson with Dr. Faber is a twofer with “No Tears Left to Cry” by Ariana Grande, and […]