By Dr. Julie Knerr

I tried to go to the beach today, in cold, snowy, Connecticut. The beach soothes my soul, so I try to go as often as possible. I don’t mind the cold, but today it was too cold and too windy!! So instead, I am drinking chai at Starbucks while working on the update of the Teacher Guide for Repertoire Book 1.I thought I would take a break from commenting on the Art of Pedagogy Facebook page about rote teaching to write a blog post, as one of our Piano Safari New Year’s Resolutions is to write more blog posts.

Yesterday I had a fabulous teaching day. I realized anew that if I just take three minutes to actually stop and think about each student before the lesson, I …