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Bonus Beans, or How to Boost Motivation

Until I ate them…I mean… stored away the leftovers, the top of my piano was covered in little heart-shaped tins and bags of jelly beans, jelly hearts, and small chocolate hearts. Yup, it was another BoB blitz (Bum on Bench) to entice my students to get … well … their bums on the piano bench. Read More

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Motivating student practising with Cadenza: FREE WEBINAR

You may have noticed that we’ve been working closely with a UK-based group of teachers called The Curious Piano Teachers. On January 12, they’re hosting a free webinar to introduce teachers to Cadenza. The webinar will feature examples of students and teachers using Cadenza, and will also address the nitty-gritty details of setting up teacher and Read More

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Building the Buzz about Cadenza!

The Royal Conservatory just sent out a message telling teachers about Cadenza, an online notebook that streamlines the process of making lesson notes and motivates students to practise. Feedback about the tool,  from teachers and students and parents, has been very positive. We’re excited that so many teachers across Canada have now heard about this Read More

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Cadenza and Notemaker – what’s new, FAQ?

Congratulations! We’ve made it through the usual September and October “getting back into the groove” issues, and will soon be done with November’s “post Halloween sugar” roller coaster! Amidst all this fun, have you managed to start using Cadenza to encourage more intentional practising and clearer teacher-student communication? A few? Many? Gold stars to all! Read More

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Cadenza in the Real World, Part 1

As a long standing teacher advisor on the Music Tool Suite project (the creators and developers of Cadenza, Notemaker, and DREAM) I’ve recently been blogging with great excitement about Cadenza. I’ve played around with demo versions in the development stage, and I’ve play tested the final version with “dummy” student accounts. I originally titled this Read More

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Cadenza and Notemaker, Together!

Do you remember that old commercial for those peanut butter cups? “You got peanut butter on my chocolate!” “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” Then both parties take a bite and suddenly their irate expressions turn ecstatic? Well, that was me and several of my best “music geek” students a short time ago when Read More

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Cadenza for Teachers

Welcome to Cadenza for teachers.  Back in Part 1, I waxed poetic about Cadenza’s student features, including features for students to: upload their recordings and videos directly via the Notemaker app for teacher feedback and self assessment take ownership of their practice sessions through the use of the timer, planning and reflection tools, and end-of-practice Read More

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On the Learning Curve – Behind the Scenes

Like so many teachers, my year is marked and subdivided by memorable events – the first day back to regular teaching, Christmas break, and spring break. Since joining the Music Tool Suite team, I’ve added the annual “Wintergreen Camerata” gathering to that list. Whimsically nicknamed after the 16th-century “Florentine Camerata”, this August event is an Read More