Piano Teacher Performs as a Unicorn and Dragon to Motivate Her Remote Learning Students to Practice

New York City piano teacher Magdalene Rolka quite amusingly used an animation effect in the video chat program she was using to disguise her face as both a unicorn and a dragon in order to make the lesson more interesting. Rolka, who is a “music educator of children ages 4-99”, felt that this little animated tweak would help to motivate her remote learning students, many of whom are stuck at home, to practice.

Having a hard time getting motivated to practice your piano pieces because remote learning is rough? Let me turn into a unicorn real quick to get you excited about piano again! …Sometimes, the only way to really FEEL the music is to become a dragon while playing it. And that’s ok.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.