014: Keys to Imagination Games with Michelle Sisler

TMPiano Podcast 14 - Keys to Imagination Games with Michelle Sisler

In today’s episode, we’re joined by Michelle Sisler, founder of Keys to Imagination and a nationally recognized figure known for her creative use of technology and dynamic presentations. Michelle takes us on a journey through her teaching studio and shares how she revolutionized piano education by integrating technology and engaging games through Keys to Imagination. From the importance of incorporating games into lessons to practical advice on game selection and seamless integration into teaching, Michelle offers invaluable insights into enhancing learning outcomes in both individual and group settings. Join us as we explore the transformative power of technology and creativity in music education.

  • Michelle shares a brief overview of her background and her music teaching studio.
  • How she started Keys to Imagination to incorporate technology and games into piano teaching.
  • The importance of incorporating games into lessons, even within the confines of 30-minute sessions.
  • Her favorite beginner games from Keys to Imagination, including Noteworthy and Rhythm Riot.
  • She addresses the concern of time constraints in lessons and how games can be seamlessly integrated to enhance learning outcomes.
  • Advice on choosing appropriate games for teaching.
  • How Keys to Imagination games can be used both in individual lessons and group settings.
  • She highlights the success of her summer group lesson program aimed at reinforcing fundamental skills in a fun and engaging way.
  • The value of technology in piano studios, offering lab time for students to work independently on rhythm, ear training, and more.

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Today’s Guest

Michelle Sisler’s use of technology, creativity and presentations have gained her national recognition. Along with teaching 30 students per week, Michelle is the founder of Keys to Imagination LLC and MusicEdConnect.com. She is a favorite presenter and is frequently sought after for presentations across the nation. Michelle serves on the technology committee for NCKP and has served on the technology committee for MTNA and the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Foundation Board of Directors. She has written articles for Clavier Companion and American Music Teacher and is an active author of technology curriculum, engaging theory games, and motivation programs. In 2023, Michelle was honored with the Frances Clark Center Outstanding Service Award.

About Rachel Ehring

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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