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 […]

The Book Every Beginner Pianist Needs: The Beginner Piano Book!

The Book Every Beginner Pianist Needs: The Beginner Piano Book!

Going into 2020, I made a list of books I planned to launch to the market within the year. I am thrilled to say that I’ve been consistently adding to The Cascade Method Book Collection and one of my favorites is finally released: The Beginner Piano Book!  Oh boy, am I excited about this one! […]

The Best Part About Being a Composer

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For those of you who don’t know; in addition to being the creator of The Cascade Method, I’m also a recording artist. I currently have released four albums to the market and I’m in the process of working on my fifth album. Although it’s “cool” to consider myself a true recording artist, that’s not the […]

The Chords 1 Book Release | What You Need to Know

The Chords 1 Book Release | What You Need to Know

As most of you know, The Cascade Method has added many more additions to our book collection! We are continuing to release more as they come, but we wanted to prepare you for a BIG one coming soon! Read along to find out everything you need to know about the launch of our Chords 1 […]

The Cost of Getting an Album on the Market: From A to Z

The Cost of Getting an Album on the Market: From A to Z

For all the musicians who follow me because you listen to my music, this blog is for you! This month, we’re going to dive into each step on how to create a tangible product (an album) that’s ready to hit the market.  If you’ve been staying up to date with the Cascade Method blog, you […]

Helping Your Students Find Passion In Piano

Helping Your Students Find Passion In Piano

Being a teacher isn’t easy. Regardless of what you teach, it takes a special person to guide others to understand something new. Anyone can play by the book but how does that help your students find passion in the piano?  It’s hard enough to teach in a way that gets through to your students, but […]

The Piano Has All The Keys To My Heart | V Day Freebie!

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It’s the month of love! 💗🌹 In honor of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share my personal love story with the piano and gift all my lovely readers with the sheet music to a new song I wrote called Forever Loved. I’m not kidding when I say the piano has all the keys to my […]

Cue the Confetti, it’s our Founder’s Birthday!

Cue the Confetti, it’s our Founder’s Birthday!

Founder of The Cascade Method, Tara Boykin is celebrating her birthday this month! In honor of her special day, we’re sharing the inside scoop on the Cascade book collection, Tara’s piano must-haves, and gifting a FREE piano worksheet!  🎉 Read along to hear from Tara and grab all the Cascade Method Resources!  Who is the […]

Why Your Students May Need a Mini NoteMatch

Why Your Students May Need a Mini NoteMatch

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years of teaching, it’s that if one person has a certain question or challenge, there are more people who struggle with that same thing. That’s exactly why I created the mini version of the best piano reading tool, NoteMatch! Read along to discover if your students need […]

You Don’t Have to Be An Expert to Teach or Play Piano

You Don’t Have to Be An Expert to Teach or Play Piano

*GASP!* Yes, it’s true! Piano surely takes skill, but what if there was a way you could teach or play piano without being an expert? If there was a way to do so, that’s something you’d want to know more about, isn’t it?  How can I teach or play piano with little-to-no piano knowledge?  The […]