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The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast | Proven and practical tips, strategies and ideas for music teachers

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A weekly Education, Music and Arts podcast featuring Nicola Cantan
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Found a great music theory game but it’s just not quite right for your student? Here are some ideas to adapt any piano teaching game for your students.
Have you ever had a piano parent complain that you’re playing too many games in lessons? Maybe they’ve asked you to take out all the games and just spend the whole lesson time on the bench? Party poopers!
If you're tired of the traditional holiday recital or studio party, try this Blitzen Bash complete with gig-like performances & Christmas piano party games!
When a new transfer piano student arrives in your studio, we have to assess their skills and gaps quickly. Here are 7 great tools to help.
https://colourfulkeys.ie/shop/practice-pie   https://blitzbooks.com/why-piano-playing-is-like-bike-riding/   In this masterclass, Nicola Cantan and Samantha Coates will discuss their favourite analogies for educating parents about music pra
If you've ever struggled with the parents of transfer piano students, here are some strategies to teach an “old” piano parent new tricks.
If you have a transfer student with an entirely wrong method book match, let me help smooth out the switch to more suitable piano methods.
Piano transfer students get a bad rap, but they can actually be wonderful. Let me help you make them a favourite in your studio, too.
If you want to teach technique to your students in a deliberate, systematic way, here are 8 of the best piano technique books to try.
Let’s get you teaching what all of these piano articulation signs mean so your students play in a healthy and expressive way.
Yoga is a fantastic tool for piano teachers and students, both in lessons and before home practice. Let me share what yoga has taught me.
Teaching proper piano posture can be a challenge when students are little and struggle to sit still. Here are some tips to get you started.
The old paradigm for how to teach piano technique worked OK...ish.  I mean, it got many of us through our studies and towards teaching. But how many other students dropped off because of aches, pains, injuries and inefficiencies? In this epis
If you’re just getting started, your instinct might be to start to teach beginner piano students first. After all, they’re just at the start too so how hard could it be? Teaching beginner students actually requires great skill and care. In thi
Here are some solutions to help you keep the balance, stay zen and develop healthy habits while teaching piano lessons from home.
We often hear about dressing for success.  Let’s take a look at what that means for piano teachers and why it matters even if we’re teaching a few students from our living rooms.
Want to feel like a successful music teacher? The journey to becoming a successful music teacher can be scary. Avoid the quicksand and head straight for the goal with this helpful advice.
Here are 14 of the best lyric writing prompts to inspire your piano students to dive into songwriting with confidence. These are perfect to use when a student can’t find inspiration for their song-writing project.
Students often compose really interesting rhythms…but then have trouble figuring out how to notate them. In this article, I’ll help you as you help your students with complex rhythm dictation.
Teaching‌ ‌songwriting‌ ‌to‌ ‌piano‌ ‌students‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌hard‌ ‌when‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌not‌ ‌a‌ ‌master‌ songwriter‌ ‌yourself.‌ ‌This‌ ‌article‌ ‌will‌ ‌give‌ ‌you‌ ‌everything‌ ‌you‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌guide‌ ‌your‌ students‌ ‌who‌ ‌want‌ ‌to‌ ‌become
150 characters. That’s all I’m allowing you for your music teacher vision statement. If you had to whittle it all down, what would you say? Why are you doing this?
Teaching piano, violin or voice doesn’t have to be a risky career path – making a steady income as a piano teacher CAN be done. I’ll show you how in this article.
Project management software can help to add structure to scattered to-do lists. Finding the right project management tool for your music studio can feel like a holy grail. But, as always, we’re here to help make it simple.
Creating a music studio system might sound like a boring endeavor. But if you do it right – if you make a model studio – it can be exciting. It can change your whole game.
Do you wish you could take paid holidays and sick leave? Think paid time off is just a pipe dream for self-employed piano teachers like us? I have the solution for you.
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