Elisabeth C. Swim, M.A., OAK to NYC to HTX

If you’ve been to therapy, you know about self talk. How is your self-talk supporting your learning process and how is it getting in the way?

One of the most heart-wrenching things for me to hear is the way my students talk to themselves in our lessons. …

Learning to play with a relaxed, but rounded, hand helps immensely with piano or organ technique. A rounded hand transfers energy from the shoulder all the way through the fingertips. One of the things I say most often in my intermediate and lessons is “high wrists, round fingers, please.” …

This Preschool counting trick will help your young ones stop doing one thing and start doing something else.

When I have a long to-do list, it’s easy for me to feel stuck. Even with clear priorities, getting started on any one thing can feel very, very new. That’s when I…

Here is a quick way to find your center even in the midst of a hundred thousand things to do. ​​​​

My mind tends to go extra fast when I have a lot on my plate, jumping from need-to-be-done tasks to concerns about things that haven’t happened yet. It can be easier said than done to take a deep breath.

When my mind is loud, it helps to have a physical…

Why pencils and erasers are not just for young children

I was shocked and saddened when a fellow teacher told me that when he was in gradeschool, his teacher told him to always write in pen. He had “outgrown pencils,” which were for little kids.

My grandfather used soft-graphite pencils up until he left this earth at 93. His father…

Have you ever been somewhere waiting, in traffic or on a telephone hold — and a song came on that you’ve heard countless times? A song that you would just rather not hear again? What if one of your family’s ipads is playing a song for the umpteen thousandth time? What do you do?

I like to use my active listening to turn moments like this into mindfulness games. As I absorb the song through my sticky ears (songs get ‘in my head’ really easily), I might hunt for the following:

*Where is the beat? Finding the beat of the song and tapping it…

It’s difficult to create if whatever comes out has to sound or look a certain way, or if there is a list of things that ‘should not’ be done. Sometimes my music students know better what they don’t like than what they do. …

Elisabeth C. Swim, M.A., OAK to NYC to HTX

Teaching Piano, Voice & Preschool Music for 10 years in Houston, Texas: Playful Mindful Music in person and online https://notearspiano.com

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