Do Simple Better
As teachers, it’s our job to make things clear. This often requires introducing new concepts by breaking them up into bite-sized nuggets that can be quickly understood. We must make the seemingly difficult appear simple. I recently stumbled upon this quote by Joe Maddon, the manager who led the Cubs to their first World Series title in over 100 years:
“Do simple better.”
It got me asking: what would Maddon’s challenge look like on the piano bench?
I came up with four examples of doing SIMPLE better and labelled them:
- Expand then extract
- Play then say
- Explore then explain
- Lead then let go
Make sure to READ MORE so you can learn about a fantastic idea for your next piano party or studio event...
I mention a number of teaching tools in the video so here are some links to them:
- Cowboy World by Lynda Lybeck-Robinson
- Rainbow Prelude by Jennifer Linn
- More about the MusiClock app
- Rhythm Produce by Leila Viss
- Hal Leonard All-Purpose Flash Cards
FYI: My cool t-shirt in the video is courtesy of Heather Nanney. Take a look at her blog here.
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I used these jars at a recent Piano Party for student families. I asked my parents and students to write down their wishes for their piano study in upcoming year and place them in the jars. It was like opening a gift every time I read each wish. You DEFINITELY should do this!