Five Ways to Play Games With Interval Flashcards In Your Piano Lessons

Five Ways to Play Games With Interval Flashcards In Your Piano Lessons

If you’ve been following along on our Instagram, you know that we have had a busy summer releasing more piano books to the Cascade Method book collection, as well as creating fun, interactive games!  It’s no secret that this school year is going to look different in every aspect. All my students are currently learning […]

What is NoteMatch and Why You Need It For Your Piano Lessons

What is NoteMatch and Why You Need It For Your Piano Lessons

If you hang around here long enough, you’re sure to hear about NoteMatch, the key element to reading notes on the piano. 🎶If you want to understand what NoteMatch is and why you need it for your piano lessons, keep reading to explore all the possibilities within this one tool!  We also happen to be […]

Piano Teacher Checklist: Everything You Need this Fall for Piano Lessons

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Fall is around the corner! What are you doing to prepare for piano lessons? There’s no better time to share a piano teacher checklist than right before the school year starts. Below, you’ll find everything you need this fall for your piano lessons — Cascade Method Edition!  The Cascade Method is a movement for all […]

Level Up Your Piano Lessons This Summer by Taking This Online Teacher Program

Level Up Your Piano Lessons This Summer by Taking This Online Teacher Program Online teacher program for piano teachers

I know what you’re thinking. The last thing you want to do during your summer break is to go “back to school.” As a piano teacher myself, I know how much I look forward to these few months off that allow me to unwind, reflect, and relax from the school year. However, I also spend […]

How Do I Get My Students Excited About Piano Practice?

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We’ve all heard the phrase before… Practice makes perfect. For some reason, the term “practice” has a bad reputation… especially with KIDS. Perhaps it’s because kids are constantly having to “practice” their math equations and writing skills at school. That type of practice definitely isn’t always fun.  Whatever the case, we carry this negative connotation […]

My Passion for Piano is Stronger than Ever: Here’s Why

My Passion for Piano is Stronger than Ever: Here’s Why

Although I’ve made a successful career out of playing the piano, that’s not the only way I embrace my talent. I’ve been composing my own music since I was 16 years old. I’m currently working on my fifth album. The piano has always been my remedy to everything. It’s truly my first love. However, my […]

I’M PREGNANT! All About Baby Boykin and What This Means For The Cascade Method

I’M PREGNANT! All About Baby Boykin and What This Means For The Cascade Method

If you’ve been following along on any of my social media, you’ve heard the news… I’m PREGNANT! Let me just say, I’m finally pregnant and my husband and I could not be happier. I’ve never been more happy in my entire life!  I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post that I’ve lost two babies through […]

My Favorite Composition and The Reason Why

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Rest in Clouds is my favorite composition because I wasn’t alone in recording it.  I was working on my third album when I got the news. My great grandmother, Mamie Malou was everything to me. The day I heard she passed away was absolutely devastating. Mamie was the kind of woman who didn’t ask for […]

How to Teach Theory the Fun Way

How to Teach Theory the Fun Way

What if there was a way you could learn a variety of proven methods to start teaching theory the fun way? It’s so important to grasp an understanding of music theory, yet so many teachers are intimidated to teach it or don’t understand it themselves!  If you’re looking for fun piano teaching techniques and resources, […]

Why I Host A Teacher Concert Every Year

Why I Host A Teacher Concert Every Year

Once a year, The Cascade Melody School of Music hosts a teacher concert where we have the advanced students and the teachers perform. It’s not super common to host a teacher concert and that’s why I wanted to share why we do it!  As you may know from my previous blog, I believe in hosting […]

Your Go-To Guide for Hosting a Piano Recital In-Person and Online

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When I thought of what topics I wanted to share this month, I originally was planning a go-to guide for hosting a piano recital in-person. After all, that’s how I’ve always hosted my piano events! However, now that COVID-19 is putting all of our plans on hold, I still want to share what I normally […]

A Guide to Online Piano Lessons: What You Need to Know

A Guide to Online Piano Lessons: What You Need to Know

My heart aches as I continue to hear the news of COVID-19 sweeping the entire world. I know we all are experiencing a little bit of uncertainty during this pandemic, but if there’s one thing I think a lot of us are realizing it’s that the internet is holding our lives together as we experience […]

The Top Three Teaching Methods Every Piano Teacher Needs

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The sole intention of The Cascade Method has always been to teach students a fun way to learn piano. I love coming up with new ways to integrate easier learning techniques so that each student becomes a piano lover! Here are the top three teaching methods every piano teacher needs.  Throughout my piano teaching career, […]

A Message For The Piano Teacher: You’re More Important Than You Think

A Message For The Piano Teacher: You’re More Important Than You Think

It takes a special type of person to be a piano teacher. It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun but it is always rewarding. I have a message for all the piano teachers out there- a message you need to hear to remind yourself how important you really are.  This is a topic […]