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

The video below (click here if you can't see it) expands on these four items. Read the article found here and then watch the video.

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:

FYI: My cool t-shirt in the video is courtesy of Heather Nanney. Take a look at her blog here.

If you'd like to create your own Make-a-Wish Jars and wish cards for your studio, just enter your name and email address below.

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!

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