When I was a young teacher, I believed students should have lessons year-round (I still believe this). I taught 50 weeks out of the year, only taking off the week of Spring Break and Christmas. It didn’t take me long to discover parents forced their children to take all those weeks. Students resented lessons, eventually ceasing lessons. As I grew older, had a child of my own, I realized that it was healthier to take more breaks throughout the year. Students were eager to come back to lessons, ready to tackle their music. I also discovered that I was in a better place. I missed their smiling faces, excited to see them come into the studio and have avoided burn-out. Taking a week here and a week there to rejuvenate your soul is a good thing! You will want to engage and so will your students. Hoping you are taking off this Thanksgiving week, spending it with loved ones and getting you ready for the rest of the holiday season.
As a piano/music instructor for almost 20 years, The Piano Lesson is one of the most thorough, versatile, and well-written texts on the market. I love it because I can use it with the very young as well as on the college level with my private and group piano students. The wide scope of material allows […]
I have been teaching for over 30 years and am thrilled with The Piano Lesson! It is so convenient to have several books melded into one. My students like the idea of having fewer books to keep up with and they don’t misplace their binders. The Scale portion of the book is my favorite. The order […]
Dear Elise, I just want to write and tell you how wonderful it was this last semester to have your books for my piano pedagogy class. They are a perfect guideline for aspiring and/or inexperienced teachers who are unsure of the best order of progression in the students’ learning process and how to implement it […]
The Piano Lesson series is truly one of the most superior organizational tools I have ever seen! Every level, from primer through Grade 12, is thoughtfully outlined and includes EVERYTHING a well-rounded musician should know at every step along the way. I’m particularly impressed with the attention given to technical development, theory, vocabulary and basic […]
I have been using The Piano Curriculum Series for 3 years now and am grateful at the success and progress of each of my students. The Piano Curriculum Series organized the lessons for you so all you need to do is follow the curriculum. What I like most is the variety of music elements being taught; […]
Thank you, Elise….you have taken piano lessons and brought them up to the professional level they deserve. I am grateful to you because you have given me the confidence to begin my piano studio again here in Northwest Montana. Ellen Calvi