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Strengthening the Left Hand from Day One.

Glenn Gould dazzled the classical world with his 1956-released recording of Bach’s at the time, dusty, out-of-fashion, piece called the Goldberg Variations. There’s much to write on both Gould, the music, and his history and much has been written (or documented by film). But one of the universally-agreed-upon reasons for the jaw-dropping playing that took…

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Listening Homework; Bach

Students will be learning about concertos for a bit in my piano studio. We will be using this book (pictured) and picking pieces therefrom. To start, we will be listening to the Bradenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach. There are six concertos, so it’s a fairly long listen, but some of them are quite short. Notice…

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Freebies: Color by Musical Note Worksheets for Beginners

I’ve been making these sheets on my own for students. I’d tried using the Color by Note series, which is great, but it doesn’t match the other methods I use with these beginning students. So I’ll be sharing a lot of these over the next few weeks. Here’s a preview of the worksheet. To download,…

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Download: Music Math and Rhythm Quiz

If you follow my blog, you know I routinely share worksheets and resources that I make for my own piano students. Toda I created a new worksheet or quiz that is a mix of the following types of questions: music math questions, circle incorrect measures complete the measures The worksheet is intended for beginner students…

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Some music apps I recommend for piano students

1. Note Rush – $3.99 on iOS App store This app is a great app for training students to quickly connect notes displayed on the staff with the actual key that it connotes. The app works by calibrating first to middle C. After that, the app listens to what you play in response to the”questions”…

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Freebie Friday! More Color-by-Note worksheets

This worksheet reinforces finding C, D, and E on the keyboard as well as asks students to recognize quarter notes and half notes. This sheet is a little more advanced. It asks students to recognize C, D, and E on the treble clef and recognize quarter, half, and whole notes. I hope you enjoy these…

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