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ONLINE LESSON Preparation Tips

posted Mar 22, 2020, 6:44 PM by Wendy Moyer   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 6:49 PM ]

With the switch to online lessons this week, I thought it would be helpful to list some ideas that will make the lessons go smoother for all :)
  • For the 1st week, send me a picture of their current assignment from their assignment book so I can have           duplicate copies of their music on hand
  • Have your student put measures numbers in their pieces - it's much quicker for me to say jump to  measure 10, than to say, go to the third line and.......
  • Prior to the lesson, have your student get all their books in order so that we can quickly go from one book to the next
  • Have a pencil and some stickers at the piano
  • Place the camera so that I can see a side view of the student at the piano
  • Make sure any necessary bathroom breaks happen PRIOR to the lesson :)
  • Check the piano bench placement - is it high/low enough for the student to reach comfortably? I saw a lot of  students sitting way too low at the piano last week. When their arms are relaxed at their sides, they should bend only at the elbow to reach the keys - the arms and hands should be straight across and not up or down to reach the keys
  • If you notice any problems with their assignment/practice during the week, drop me a quick email to let me know so that I can address it during their lesson

November Newsletter

posted Nov 12, 2018, 12:02 PM by Wendy Moyer


October Newsletter 2018

posted Sep 30, 2018, 7:49 PM by Wendy Moyer   [ updated Sep 30, 2018, 7:53 PM ]


Our incentive program this year is the Rock Star Challenge. Students will be earning “brag tags” that they can add to their “bling” necklaces and earn prizes as they reach different milestones. So far it has been a big hit. I do these programs to encourage the kids to become well-rounded musicians. We cover sightreading, rhythms, solo and group performances, theory, composition, listening, technique, analysis notereading, etc……. I think it’s important for their overall musicianship to be proficient in a variety of ways. In line with the “Rock Star” theme we will also be doing some contemporary music and have two pop music showcases this year in addition to our regular recitals.


Our first informal Pop Showcase Recital will be on Sunday, October 13th at 4-5pm. (Place TBD) This is an optional recital for those that have a “pop/jazz” piece ready to perform. We will have our bigger Pop Showcase (complete with lights and a combo band) in February of 2019.

Our Christmas Recital is scheduled for Friday, November 30th from 6-9pm (3 recital times will be available). This will be at Calvary Church in Roseville.


Due to the tight schedule this year, I am making a concerted effort to put any and all makeup lesson times available on the website each week (A makeup day is also offered the second Saturday of each month). If you know that you will have a conflict, you can simply go to the Music Teacher’s Helper Website https://moyermusicstudio.musicteachershelper.com/login and sign up for a makeup time for your student. You should also be able to cancel a lesson in this same way. If you ever have problems with the website, just email me and I will make the changes for you. Please, give at least 24 hours notice for changes when possible. This way I can list your canceled lesson time as a makeup time for someone else. Also, please don’t send your student to lessons if they have been home sick from school that same day.


There will be NO LESSONS from Friday, October 19th (MEA Weekend) through Sunday, October 28th. This is a planned break so lessons will not need to be made up from that week.

Students that have lessons on Halloween have the option to do a makeup lesson on Friday, November 2nd or Saturday November 3rd - times will be listed on the website.

Makeup lesson times will also be available on Saturday, October 13th from 9-12 – times will be listed on the website.


Should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is by text or email. Thanks for a great start to the new school year – I LOVE working with your kids!!!

Happy New Year!

posted Jan 6, 2017, 12:24 PM by Wendy Moyer

I'm excited to see everyone back to lessons in the next week! We will be focusing this month on rhythm skills and each student will be completing at least 6 different rhythm worksheets. So break out the drums, rhythm sticks and plastic cups. I also have several new "CUP" rhythm exercises that we will explore in lessons each week. 

I Love This!

posted Aug 8, 2016, 11:58 AM by Wendy Moyer

The best part of the year has been hearing these actual statements 

from my amazing students:

I'm playing at my school talent show.

I played for my music class at school.

We played duets at the piano in the restaurant.

I played piano at the airport.

I accompanied a hymn at my aunt's wedding.

I gave a recital over the phone to Grandma.

I played piano for a wedding.

I wrote my own song this week.

I'm playing in the worship band at church.

I'm playing piano in the school jazz band.

I figured out how to play this song from the radio.

I learned how to play the Tetris music by ear.

I want to play another instrument now too.

This song made me cry.

This song was my favorite! (and saying this about EVERY song assigned)

I'm so glad I didn't quit piano lessons.


Year in Review

posted Aug 8, 2016, 11:56 AM by Wendy Moyer

This past year we accomplished A LOT!
A Look back at the year (by the numbers):

Students: 67 (18 new and 49 returning)
Lessons Taught: 2,103
Stickers used for lessons: At least 4000

MMTA Piano Exams Taken and Passed (23 total):
Prep Level: 1 with High Distinction
Level One: 6 total with 1 High Distinctions and 5 Distinctions
Level Two: 3 total with 2 High Distinctions and 1 Distinction
Level Three: 8 total with 2 High Distinctions, 3 Distinctions 
        and 3 Excellents
Level Four: 4 total with 1 Distinction, 1 Excellence, 
        and 2 Satisfactories
Level Seven: 1 with Excellence

MMTA Theory Exams Taken and Passed:
Level One: 3, all with high distinction

MMTA Music Bridges Exams Taken and Passed:
1 Entrant – Superior Rating, 5 Stars

238 pieces performed

Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever

posted Sep 8, 2015, 7:59 PM by Wendy Moyer

YouTube Video

Happy Birthday Mozart!

posted Jan 27, 2015, 9:14 AM by Wendy Moyer

YouTube Video

Updated Christmas Recital Information

posted Nov 3, 2014, 6:38 AM by Wendy Moyer

Our Christmas Recital will be held on Sunday, December 7th (this is a change from the 13th), from 3-6pm. There will be two or three separate recital times offered and more information about signing up will be coming soon. This is a fun recital - we set up the room cafe style, everyone brings a plate of Christmas goodies to share, and we get to sit and listen to great music! Looking forward to it.


posted Nov 3, 2014, 6:35 AM by Wendy Moyer

Here is a great resource for free Christmas music downloads in a variety of levels:

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