25 episodes

The Piano Sensei Way is a podcast where I help piano teachers minimize stress and maximize success! I share my way of doing things, which in my opinion is the best way! It’s similar to Mr. Miyagi in the movie The Karate Kid where he tells Daniel to wax the car, sand the floor, and paint the fence. Daniel thought he was crazy just doing Mr. Miyagi’s chores for him. But Mr. Miyagi knew what he was doing! He was training Daniel’s muscle memory so he could defend himself! Similarly, I am so confident in my ways, if you trust me and try it, you’ll see the results!

The Piano Sensei Way Clinton Pratt

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The Piano Sensei Way is a podcast where I help piano teachers minimize stress and maximize success! I share my way of doing things, which in my opinion is the best way! It’s similar to Mr. Miyagi in the movie The Karate Kid where he tells Daniel to wax the car, sand the floor, and paint the fence. Daniel thought he was crazy just doing Mr. Miyagi’s chores for him. But Mr. Miyagi knew what he was doing! He was training Daniel’s muscle memory so he could defend himself! Similarly, I am so confident in my ways, if you trust me and try it, you’ll see the results!

    24 The Way to Evolve Your Studio (w/ Amy Chaplin)

    24 The Way to Evolve Your Studio (w/ Amy Chaplin)

    Amy Chaplin is a piano teaching entrepreneur — In addition to running her private studio, she is a blogger, podcaster, and presenter! Today we discuss three of her “big picture” studio evolutions: lesson formats, group class scheduling, and dabbling in other ventures. We talk about the motivation behind making changes and advice on evolving your studio. You’ll enjoy hearing her stories even if you aren’t looking to make any major changes!
    Podcast: https://pianopantry.com/podcast/
    Presentations: https://pianopantry.com/speaking/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PianoPantry/
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/pianopantryamy

    • 41 min
    23 The Way to Engage Parents (w/ Barbie Wong)

    23 The Way to Engage Parents (w/ Barbie Wong)

    How do you help parents motivate their children to practice? Is there such a thing as a parent who is too involved? Should parents sit in on lessons? Barbie Wong joins us to discuss how to educate and engage parents so their children will thrive in piano lessons! Lots of great tips and stories in this episode!
    10 Ways to Inspire Kids to Make Music — Mini Guide https://barbiewong.com/inspire/
    Website: https://barbiewong.com/teachers/
    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/barbiewong
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barbiewongmusic

    • 46 min
    22 The Way Mnemonics Don't Work (w/ Samantha Coates)

    22 The Way Mnemonics Don't Work (w/ Samantha Coates)

    Every Good Boy Deserves . . . ? We’re all familiar with these sayings, but maybe every good teacher should think about the usefulness of mnemonic devices for reading music. Samantha Coates is here to explain and demonstrate how these traditional teaching tools are confusing and a waste of time! 
    Samantha Coates is an internationally regarded piano pedagogue and presenter. In addition to running an active teaching studio, she is the creator and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has brought laughter and creativity to music theory, sight reading, and piano repertoire. Samantha’s sense of humour and ability to connect with students through her books and online resources reflect her ongoing dedication to making all areas of music accessible, enjoyable and memorable. She is well known for her entertaining presenting style, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences around the world on a wide range of pedagogical topics. Samantha has never lost touch with what students want; she has been running her piano studio in Sydney for almost four decades and is passionate about helping students achieve the goal of a lifetime association with and love of music.
    Here is the blog post and bonus video we talked about, showing Samantha playing the mnemonics game with teachers. It’s a hoot!
    https://blitzbooks.com/every-good-boy-deserves-forgetting/
     
    Creative Teaching Conference
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    • 37 min
    21 The Way to Spark Motivation (w/ Amy Immerman)

    21 The Way to Spark Motivation (w/ Amy Immerman)

    Amy Immerman, Founder of Cincinnati Music Academy (a school that she helped grow to 750 students), joins the show to discuss motivation! Is it our job to motivate students? How can we help spark motivation? How can parental involvement help? We both talk about our own practicing and motivation growing up. Amy describes some engaging practice games, a 100-Day Practice Challenge, how events keep students excited, and advice on vanquishing “energy vampires!”
    Some great takeaways from the show:

    Fast practice equals slow progress, slow practice equals fast progress. No practice equals no progress.
    You don't practice until you get it right, practice until you don’t get it wrong.
    Students do not fail. Teachers fail, parents fail, and society fails.

    Amy Immerman is the Founder of Cincinnati Music Academy, a school that she helped grow to over 40 teachers and 750 students. She has given over 80 presentations at local, state and national conferences in 19 states and Canada. She served on the Board of Directors for MTNA, is a past Ohio Certified Teacher of the Year, and an MTNA Foundation Fellow. She has served on local and state boards for OhioMTA and has an MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Ohio University.
    Energy Bus by Jon Gordon: https://www.theenergybus.com/
    E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber: https://www.michaelegerbercompanies.com/product/the-e-myth-revisited/
    Creative Teaching Conference: https://creativeteachingconference.com/

    • 45 min
    20 The Way to Count ... or Not!

    20 The Way to Count ... or Not!

    Prompted by a lively discussion in the Facebook Group Piano Teacher Central, I decided to host a live debate on YouTube! This is the recording of our “debate” on counting. The teachers who joined me were Mike Langer, Brian Lotter, Jeff Millis, Val Muller, Harrison Richter, and Jordan Thomas. It was a very thought-provoking discussion where we discussed the meaning of “counting”; if and how it helps students learn rhythms; other ways to learn, know, and feel rhythms besides counting; and using words and syllables instead of just numbers. Below are some of my favorite quotes from the episode.
    Jordan said, “They’re so worried about trying to figure out ‘am I saying the right syllable at the right time?’ that it impedes whether or not they’re able to even play the rhythm.”
    Jeff said, “Counting works for helping students understand mentally … it’s not really a feeling thing or a musicality thing, it’s purely academic, it’s intellectual. It’s to help students understand where we are in this music, in this measure, in this piece.”
    Mike said, “A metronome does not give you rhythm. It’s some sort of external thing. You have to feel rhythm. We have a heartbeat that beats at a regular interval and we can divide that in certain ways. We walk in a steady beat. So I think rhythm has to start internally.“
    It’s The Piano Sensei Way, so of course one of my favorite quotes is my own! I said, “Can you know the rhythm, understand the rhythm, understand where you are in the measure, and feel it without counting? I think the answer is yes!”
    I know this will stimulate your mind, enjoy!
    Creative Teaching Conference: https://creativeteachingconference.com/

    • 56 min
    19 The Way to Master a Multi-Teacher Studio pt 2 (w/ Jordan Thomas)

    19 The Way to Master a Multi-Teacher Studio pt 2 (w/ Jordan Thomas)

    This is the second of a two-part interview. In the last episode, Jordan interviewed me about teacher pay, asking me about fair rates, negotiating, benefits, living wage, tuition rates, and teacher raises. In this second episode, Jordan asks me about other aspects of running a studio such as: What do you look for when hiring a teacher? Do you train teachers? If so, how? How much leeway do you give teachers for how they teach or what materials they want to use? How do you keep continuity if a student switches teachers in your studio? How do you prepare teachers for transfer students from outside your studio? If you don’t have an administrator, how do you manage everything and when is a good time to hire one? . . .
    I’d love to hear from you if you have comments or questions!
    Related episode: Part 1 w/ Jordan Thomas
    Creative Teaching Conference: https://creativeteachingconference.com/

    • 30 min

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LMG5280 ,

Valuable podcast for any piano teacher

What a great podcast! Such a valuable information for piano/music studio teachers presented in a succinct and informative way.

I look forward to listening more!

pianoman232 ,

Wonderful resource

I am a passionate piano teacher and performer. I am so grateful I got connected to Clinton through the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. I am already inspired and excited after listening one episode of this podcast. The resources, practical perspective, and Clinton’s authentic, conversational style really stood out to me. I feel supported and lifted up by the Piano Sensei Way to improve my teaching so that I can have more joy and positive growth with my students.

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