Hello, wonderful teacher friends! I’m thrilled to welcome you to our very first episode of TopMusic Piano Podcast. Today, it’s just you and me, as I unravel the magic that has been transforming my piano lessons and igniting a passion in my teaching — the enchanting power of stories. Inspired by a recent experience in church, where a guest pastor held me captivated with a story, I couldn’t help but reflect on the transformative potential of storytelling in piano lessons. Stories, as I discovered, have the extraordinary ability to turn the mundane into the incredible, making learning a symphony of joy. Join me as I share insights, experiences, and even some delightful stories, including a free sound effect story named “A Whale of an Excuse.” Let’s dive into the world of storytelling and bring back the play into piano playing.
Dr. Rachel Ehring is a pianist, teacher, music administrator, and lover of piano teaching gadgets. She holds a DMA in Collaborative Piano from the University of Colorado Boulder and a MM in Accompanying from the University of Kansas. She currently serves as Director at St. John’s Conservatory of the Arts in Orange County, CA. Previously, she held positions at Concordia University Irvine and Henderson State University. Rachel is passionate about empowering music teachers to create engaging and exciting lessons for students of all ages. When she isn’t playing the piano, you might find Rachel reading books with her son or walking her beagle Frieda.
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