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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Monkey-Lawyer

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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Luigis

Pizza For The People

Luigi, the pizzeria owner who teaches rhythm with our Pizza for the People approach, is a favorite in the KC & Friends world.  I came up with the idea of Luigi because as a kid I never really understood rhythm. My teacher thought he had taught it to me, but I didn’t understand and I …
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The Magic Moment

Sometimes in a creative life, you wander out, create something, and aren’t sure if others will think it is as great as you do.  If you’re lucky someone will let you know and in my experience kids are the best judges. Sometimes they’ll tell you, but other times they simply engage, dive in and laugh. …
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I Hated Piano Lessons as a Child

As the title states, as a child, I hated piano lessons. Growing up, my mother decided that all 6 of her children were to take piano lessons from the first grade until they were 16. She did this not because of some great love of music but because that is what her mother made her …
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