The Vibrant Music Teaching Podcast | Proven and practical tips, strategies and ideas for music teachers
170 – How to Set Up a Piano Studio Lending Library

170 – How to Set Up a Piano Studio Lending Library

October 25, 2021

Having a lending library in your piano studio is a great way to expand the resources available to your students. Whether you’re just starting a library or extending your existing one, there are a few things you can do to make it go more smoothly.

169 – Adapting Piano Teaching Games in an Instant

169 – Adapting Piano Teaching Games in an Instant

October 18, 2021

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.

168 – Help! My Piano Parents Don’t Want Us to Play Games!

168 – Help! My Piano Parents Don’t Want Us to Play Games!

October 11, 2021

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!

167 – 4 Fun DIY Christmas Party Games

167 – 4 Fun DIY Christmas Party Games

October 4, 2021

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!

166 – 7 Awesome Tools to Assess and Address Transfer Piano Student Gaps

166 – 7 Awesome Tools to Assess and Address Transfer Piano Student Gaps

September 27, 2021

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.

Bonus - How to talk to parents about practice

Bonus - How to talk to parents about practice

September 24, 2021

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In this masterclass, Nicola Cantan and Samantha Coates will discuss their favourite analogies for educating parents about music practice. You'll bake a metaphorical practice pie with Nicola, ride a fictional practice bike with Samantha, and by the end you'll feel much more confident discussing practice with parents in your studio.

165 – How to Teach Old Piano Parents New Tricks

165 – How to Teach Old Piano Parents New Tricks

September 20, 2021
If you've ever struggled with the parents of transfer piano students, here are some strategies to teach an “old” piano parent new tricks.
164 – How to Smoothly Switch Piano Methods Midstream

164 – How to Smoothly Switch Piano Methods Midstream

September 13, 2021

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.

163 – Piano Transfer Students: Looking at the Sunny Side

163 – Piano Transfer Students: Looking at the Sunny Side

September 6, 2021

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.

162 – 8 of the Best Piano Technique Books to Transform Your Teaching

162 – 8 of the Best Piano Technique Books to Transform Your Teaching

August 30, 2021

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.

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