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New Arrangement for Piano Solo: “It is...

Perhaps you know the tragic story behind the lyrics of the hymn, When Peace Like a River? They were penned in 1876 by Horatio G. Spafford after losing four daughters in a shipwreck. His wife survived the wreck. This was just one of many...

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What’s a Senior Showcase and How Do...

What do you do when you have have four marvelous, faithful, dynamic and long-time pianists who are graduating from high school and leaving your studio? You throw a Senior Showcase. What’s a Senior Showcase? I held one other such event...

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Celebrate 150 years of Canada with these...

Did you know that Canada is celebrating it’s 150th birthday? Nope? I didn’t either! Not until fellow teacher, Swan Keizebrink filled me in and was requesting a recital program cover for her studio recital in honor of her native...

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Use a Green Screen for Virtual Performances

The recital venue that I’ve enjoyed for years is no longer available for me to use. It’s a long story so I’ll save it for another post. This turned my world upside down and has had me looking for other possible venues and...

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Let’s Meet Up at MTNA!

Are you heading to Baltimore next week? It’s too late to register for the annual MTNA conference held March 18-22, but, you can do so at the hotel. Here’s all the info. If you are registered and ready to go, let’s get...

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Have a ball at group lessons!

Starting a composition and naming it can be tough. To charge up the creative juices, we played a game called “Would You Rather” with the help of a groove and a beach ball at this week’s group lessons. When I rang the bell...

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NEW GAME! Reinforce Note Values with Rhythm...

During Off Bench Time, I assigned students to complete worksheets in the app called SproutBeat which challenged them to add up note values. I noticed this was difficult for some. Many students (even though I stand on my head and do back flips...

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Classical Repertoire that Appeals to Teens

First, congratulations to Sara, Chris and Leticia for winning a free code to Waay–a hip app that teaches the theory behind songwriting. This tutorial app passes the hard-to-please teen test. Check it out here. Speaking of teens… In...