TC252: Saving Hours of Your Time Through Newzik with Paul Leverger

Do you use your computer, laptop, tablet or phone to access your sheet music for practice, performance or teaching? If you do or are considering doing so, this episode is definitely for you. 
Paul Leverger of Newzik will give us an in-depth overview of the app they’ve created and how it can help you as a teacher, composer, performer, and musician. The features of the app will blow your mind, particularly the new Maestria program that uses artificial intelligence to do awesome things to your music sheets.
Join us in this conversation to know more about how it may be helpful for you  as a teacher or performer and how you can access your free one month Newzik app trial!

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[03:30] Learn about the Newzik app and what it does.
[05:23] The collaboration and cloud-based connectivity on the Newzik app.
[06:31] The difference between a digital score and just a pdf score.
[08:35] How Maestria can help you listen to your sheet music and take it to the next level.
[13:22] Using the app to practice and collaborate with others when you’re unable to do so face-to-face. 
[15:36] How Newzik is different from forScore
[19:24] Getting music sheet pdfs into the Newzik.
[24:31] Newzik subscription prices and free forever version.
[28:18] Extended free trial for podcast listeners.

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Today’s Guest

Paul Leverger is a trained drama and electronic musician who is passionate about music technology. Before taking over as chief marketing officer of Newzik, he spent three years travelling the world to train people to use their software with digital scores. 
A true music expert, he now dedicates his time to help music teachers innovate in their teaching and save time by using digital score technology.
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TC250: Creative Piano Mashups with Rebecca Singerman-Knight

With COVID and lockdown, a lot of teachers and students have been faced with the challenge of learning online. Teachers, especially, have had to think of ways to make online lessons more fun and engaging.
In this episode, Rebecca Singerman-Knight, shares how she did this through her Lockdown Mashups activity with her students which has encouraged them to compose, sing, and play music that they really love.

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[02:37] Rebecca shares about her teaching and studio.
[04:02] She talks about her childhood piano lessons.
[06:16] How her teaching looked before she joined TopMusicPro membership.
[08:58] Pain points of teachers who join the membership.
[10:14] Coping during the time of lockdown with her students and working on Lockdown Mashups with them.
[20:29] Steps she took to do the Lockdown Mashups with her students.
[21:16] Resources and apps she used for checking her lessons.
[25:36] Rebecca shares the mashups of her students.
[38:52] Tailoring the activity for the students.
[40:30] Mashups and combinations she has up her sleeve at the moment.
[42:40] Teaching tips for teachers.
[45:55] How she came across the TMP community and how she uses it.
[52:26] Advice for teachers who want to join the membership.

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Today’s Guest

Rebecca Singerman-Knight is a piano teacher based in Teddington, South West London. Rebecca worked in the corporate world for 15 years before leaving to set up her own private studio. She tailors her teaching to her students’ specific interests and provides a varied musical experience in her lessons. In this podcast episode she shares how she got creative with her lessons during lockdown doing piano mashups with her students.
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TC248: Building community with the help of piano parents coupled with other teachers with Shelly Davis

The encouragement of piano parents to their children plays a huge part in their growth as a student. But, as piano teachers, we also have a role to play in collaborating and connecting with parents and other teachers to help our students succeed.
In this episode, Shelly Davis shares the lessons she has learned over the years by  teaching piano, as well as interviewing so many teachers, parents, and students on her podcast, the Piano Parent Podcast.

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[02:40] Shelly gives us an update and peek behind the scenes on her Piano Parent Podcast.
[05:17] The technological advancements she has gained since starting the podcast.
[07:10] Lessons from the podcast that she has applied in her teaching life.
[10:40] Shelly tells us about how music teachers have a different level of parent support at home.
[15:12] Advice for teachers to help connect with their studio parents better to inspire students.
[19:01] Having parents feel that they are in a combined partnership with the piano teacher.
[23:21] Challenges that make it hard for parents to help at home.
[27:25] Shelly tells us more about the concept of the community of teachers.
[34:08] Advice and thoughts about parents and music education.
[38:32] Shelly tells us more about her new project.

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Today’s Guest

Shelly Davis is the host of the Piano Parent Podcast. She’s been an independent piano teacher since 1990 and has worked with hundreds of children. She currently lives in Texas, has been married for 32 years, and is the parent of four musical children. 
Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.
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TC247: It’s Just a Paid position! with Rachel California king

Have you ever felt that sense of dread or burnout over teaching? Well, today’s member spotlight really shines a light on this feeling that we all have from time to time.
Rachel King had these negative feelings for quite a while but, thankfully, found a way out of it which is what she shares in this episode. She is now enjoying her teaching like never before.
I’m so thankful because Rachel really lets us into her life and how she’s feeling. She also shares the shift she made, how it came about, and the impact it has had on her teaching and students.

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[03:34] Rachel shares an update on her current studio and students.
[04:36] Her feelings regarding her teaching before.
[07:29] What she did to make herself feel enthusiastic in teaching again.
[11:12] How she felt after her mindset change.
[12:23] The outcomes that happened after.
[14:13] The reaction of students to the change.
[15:53] Her new approach to teaching students.
[17:32] Feeling less anxious and frustrated about lessons.
[19:30] Rachel talks about liking her students better and students performing better after the change.
[20:00] The changes she saw in her relationship with money and the income that she’s making.
[20:58] Being able to stand firm on her studio policies and increasing rates because of her new mindset.
[24:29] Rachel’s response on emotional investment in teaching.
[27:54] How Rachel found out about TopMusicPro.
[30:33] Sharing how she justifies the investment she’s making at TMP.
[31:54] Future plans for her studio.

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Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.
Thank you for tuning in!
Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.
If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.
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TC246: Why ALL job hopefuls need to sing through Nikki Loney coming from the Full Voice Podcasting

Have you ever considered implementing singing in each of your lessons? Or is it already a part of your teaching routine? There is so much benefit to be gained from this exercise and this is what Nikki Loney and I are going to talk about today.
Nikki is the owner of The Full Voice, The Full Voice Music (a publishing company), and host of The Full Voice Podcast. In this episode, she shares some practical tips and ideas for getting started in including singing in instrumental lessons.
It is so valuable in teaching and learning instruments which is why singing is also a core part of my No Book Beginner Framework. It’s about how I teach in those first 3 to 10 lessons without any reading and without any method books. But there is a lot of singing, chanting, and clap backs, and musical conversations, and percussion, and all that kind of stuff because it’s so important.

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[03:16] Nikki’s story of how she came to do what she’s doing now.
[08:21] The importance of singing for instrumentalists.
[15:45] Initial things we can do with students ages 6 and 7 for singing.
[20:45] Enhancing lessons with singing work.
[23:26] Her take on Kazoos.
[24:03] Improvements teachers who start encouraging singing in their lessons can expect from their students.
[27:55] Nikki tells us about the Full Voice Podcast.
[30:59] She shares about her publishing company Full Voice Music.
[36:15] Final thoughts from Nikki. 

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Today’s Guest

Nikki Loney is a voice teacher, podcaster and vocal music resource creator from Canada. Nikki has been working with singers of all ages and abilities for 30 years. She discovered her teaching inspiration came from her youngest voice students. Her evil agenda is to inspire teachers to welcome young singers into their teaching studios. And her publishing company, Full Voice Music, has been intriguing voice teachers with fun and educational, vocal music resources for more than 20 years now.
Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.

Thank you for tuning in!
Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.
If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.
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TC242: Understanding Dyslexia: How teaching language relates to teaching music with Becki Laurent

Did you know that 1 in 5 people in the USA have dyslexia? So, if you’ve got 20 students, the odds are pretty high that at least four are dyslexic. Therefore, understanding dyslexia is an important tool to have.
In today’s episode, Becki Laurent joins us to talk about how we can better reach our music students that struggle with this learning challenge.
We discuss myths, misconceptions and tips for teaching students with dyslexia. Becki also shares the components of the Orton Gillingham method of teaching reading and how we can incorporate these in music teaching.
It’s a super informative and interesting episode you won’t want to miss.

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[03:13] Becki shares how she got on the journey of teaching music to kids with dyslexia and ADHD.
[13:41] The conversation you need to have with your students’ parents.
[15:54] Top 5 Myths for teaching students with dyslexia.
[23:03] Understanding dyslexia and why rhythm is so important in teaching dyslexics.
[28:02] How using the process of teaching dyslexics can help any student become better. 
[34:42] Components of the Orton Gillingham teaching method and how we can apply it to music.
[43:19] Sample strategies you can use to teach students.
[51:02] Tips for making the process of learning fun for students.

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About our Guest

Becki Laurent is the director of a music school in West Texas. Her superpowers include ADHD, listening, analyzing and getting things done. She doesn’t sleep much and can often be found on Facebook at all hours of the day and night in all the time zones of the world.
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Are virtual lessons with ZOOM driving you MAD?Audio issues, trouble connecting?
RockOutLoud.LIVE is a virtual music lesson video platform made for music teachers who want to provide their students with the ultimate virtual music lesson experience. Inside the RockOutLoud.LIVE video application, you’ll have access to resources like sheet music searches of a library of songs along with chords you can share across screens to your students in real-time. Plus, your student can download their virtual lesson notes while inside the virtual session! It’s cheaper than your Zoom account and gives you all of the tools to teach in an interactive lesson. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial by visiting RockOutLoud.live today.

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