Piano and Pizza

How KC & Friends Uses Pizza to Teach Kids Rhythm

In KC & Friends land pizza is the best food, so it might as well teach rhythm also!  You’ll notice that teaching rhythm via pizza isn’t the only different approach in the KC & Friends method.  In Level 1, we let kids create a relationship with the Friends/notes/keys. By the time they get to Level …
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Monkey Lawyer

Time to Monkey Around!

By the time kids get to Level 3, they are playing songs, writing songs, and are excited to learn more (and meet new Friends)! For you teachers, when you get to Level 3, you want to take the time to start really emphasizing the correct way of doing things. Maybe you let some things slide …
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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, is a favorite in the KC & Friends world.  As a kid I never really understood rhythm. My teacher thought he had taught it to me, but I didn’t understand and I was too scared to tell him otherwise.  So I knew black notes went faster and whole …
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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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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 do. I began lessons with a teacher who was very serious …
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