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A Lovely Night

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:13:01 +0000

Due to a number of unexpected circumstances last year, I made the difficult decision not to host any kind of Christmas recital for my students (after 20 years of that annual tradition!). Instead, my husband suggested that we do something for Valentine’s Day. I decided to give his idea a try, and we had an […]



An Interview with Murray Perahia

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:00:52 +0000

Some of my favorite CDs growing up were those of pianist Murray Perahia, so a recent interview with him in Listen magazine published by Steinway & Sons grabbed my attention. It was so refreshing to read Perahia’s comments relating to contemporary music and his preference for tonality, in particular the ingenious work of J.S. Bach. […]



New Free Piano and Music Worksheets Every Week!

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:22:38 +0000

If you haven’t checked out the Music Matters Blog store in a while, you may be pleased to know that there is now a Free Resources section and every week I’m working on adding new free music theory and piano worksheets to the collection. Many of these have been posted over the years, but have […]



Best Easy and Effective Note Identification App

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:22:59 +0000

Alyssa and I have been focusing a lot the last several months on her note identification speed. We’ve been doing a modified version of our NoteStars Challenge and she has made great progress, so when I came across this NoteRush app recently I immediately thought of Alyssa. The app is simple and intuitive, so in […]



Questions to Ask Students

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 02:19:04 +0000

At our local music teachers association meeting this morning we watched a webinar by Dr. Barbara Fast and Dr. Andrea McAlister on Overcoming the Brain’s Negativity Bias: Empowering Students Through Positive Engaging Language. From Dr. Fast’s segment, I especially appreciated the specific questions she suggested using during a piano lesson (some she gleaned from a […]



Unlimited Repertoire All Year? Yes, Please!

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:14 +0000

After a quick glance in July, I mentioned Chris Owenby’s new Practice Habits Online Community. However, over the last week I’ve spent more time digging into all that is included in the membership and I’m even more excited about the prospect of utilizing this throughout the coming year! If you sign up for a Gold […]



Start the New Year by Sharing Your Resources and Making Money!

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:00:31 +0000

I know there are many music teachers who have websites or blogs and produce all kinds of cool resources for their students, but have never set up an online store to share those products with others. If that sounds like you, perhaps as a New Year’s goal you’d like to delve into the world of […]



$10 Off Any Item or 50% Off in the Music Matters Blog Store!

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:20:23 +0000

As we finish out these final few weeks of 2017, I wanted to offer a small gift to all of you Music Matters Blog readers. It’s been a full year with lots of unexpected happenings in my life, so fewer posts have made it to the blog, but I am still so grateful for this […]



Free Downloadable Rhythm Cards and Game Idea

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:35:03 +0000

One of my studio go-to’s for an easy, educational game for group classes is Team Rhythm Dictation. The students are split into two teams and are given a set of individual rhythmic note cards to use. (Click here to download a free set of individual note cards to use in your studio.) The barlines are […]



A Fun Simple Rhythm Game for Piano Lessons

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:24:21 +0000

In keeping with our rhythmic focus for this year’s practice incentive theme, Beat the Pirates!, I’m trying to come up with new ideas we can implement in the form of simple, fun activities incorporated into a few minutes at the beginning of each piano lesson. Our latest one proved to be a big hit! (This […]