Remembering to Show our Students We Care

It’s easy to get wrapped up in teaching the material and forget to check in with your students and find on what’s going in their lives. But getting to know your students is an important part of teaching, especially when you’re giving one-to-one lessons. We all have our own busy lives and our own things …
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Reaching Young Kids in the Modern Age

We all know kids can find it hard to sit still and concentrate. So how on earth are we going to get them to sit still long enough to learn piano? Here we share our top tips to help you turn your piano lessons from a dull chore to an absolute pleasure. Make Theory Engaging …
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Ready, set, play! Piano games to liven up your lessons

Here at KC & Friends, we believe that laughter is the key to learning. No more boring flashcards! Think back to your own experience learning the piano as a child… Do you remember using music note flashcards? Do you remember, like I do, frantically flipping over card after card, trying to make sense of that …
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Kids Write Songs with the KC & Friends Songwriting Event!

Springtime Songwriting Event We love it when kids write songs! Our goal is to have every student write at least one song this March and (we hope) to share them with you. Some songs may even be chosen for the new revisions of Songs for Kids (by Kids) Levels 2 and 3! How will they …
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Happy New Year from KC & Friends!

See ya 2020! Looking forward to 2021… Spring semester is January 4th – May 30th and has 20 weeks of lessons.  We are keeping the same schedule, so if you want a lesson time change please email your teacher.     We are very pleased to say we are almost full, thank you for your positive word …
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Zoom-ing Into Kids Minds with Piano Lessons

We are in a whole new world. We are all adjusting, and our kids are too. This is a lot to process, and the ups and downs are vey real. As a piano teacher, I was worried about this new Zoom piano lessons world that I jumped into. How would it work? Would it work …
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Piano and Pizza

Using Pizza to Teach Kids Rhythm

Using pizza to teach kids rhythm is one of the many unique methods we use in the KC & Friends books to keep kids engaged, having fun, and learning piano. In KC & Friends land pizza is the best food, so it might as well teach rhythm also!  In Level 1, we let kids create …
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Monkey Lawyer

Monkey Around With the Monkey Lawyer! It’s Time!

In Level 1 the kids met their first Friends, and started learning to play the piano. In Level 2, the kids meet Luigi, and learned how to play with rhythm. By the time kids get to Level 3, they are playing songs, writing songs, and are excited to learn more (and meet new Friends)! What …
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Piano Teacher

Teachers: Be SILLY!

When teaching with the KC & Friends I give you permission to be silly.  Please be silly! These characters are hilarious if you let them be, but it is you who has to bring them to life. Change your voices for the R Hand, L Hand, and the Teacher. The kids love it!  R Hand …
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Thank you, Tina Fey!

As the KC & Friends method expanded and I needed to get Level Three out there I thought, “how in the world am I going to make all the rules of music fun?”  Luckily, for all of us, Tina Fey exists. I was watching TV and saw a commercial where Tina was talking about a …
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