Category: Teacher Training Tips

Preparing for Piano Lessons during the Holiday Season: What You Need!

Preparing for Piano Lessons during the Holiday Season: What You Need!

Teaching piano during the holidays is supposed to be nothing but fun! However, if you don’t have the right resources or plan in place for your student’s lessons, it can be a little chaotic. The Cascade Method Book Collection features two Christmas books that have everything you need to prepare for piano lessons during the […]

What To Do In the First Lesson With a Transfer Student

What To Do In the First Lesson With a Transfer Student

Many times, I get new students that are transferring over from another piano teacher because they are losing interest in their current lessons. A lot of my transfer students come as referrals from the parents of the students I’m currently teaching. I like to say these parents hire me so I can revive their kid’s […]

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 […]

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

Your Go-To Guide for Hosting a Piano Recital In-Person and Online guide for hosting a piano recital blog banner

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Gift You Can Give to Yourself, Your Students, and Your Studio

The Ultimate Gift You Can Give to Yourself, Your Students, and Your Studio Piano Teacher Program

As Christmas comes to a close and everyone gets ready to bring in the new year, we’re here to shed some light on the ultimate gift for all the piano teachers out there. We’re still feeling the Christmas spirit, but we’re also getting ready for big things in 2020. Piano teachers, this is the best […]