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Review of New Piano Music by Lynette Sawatsky

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 01:18:23 +0000

One of my favorite things to do as a pianist is to play through new music. It’s so fun to pick up an unknown book and anticipate the gems that might be hidden within its pages! These delightful books, Waddle & Quack and Shimmer & Strut by Canadian composer Lynette Sawatsky contain many such gems. […]

Free Piano Masterclass with Robert Levin

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:07:23 +0000

One of the teachers in our local music teachers association alerted us to an initiative by Juilliard to live stream a series of masterclasses by various musicians. I am thoroughly enjoying watching the recorded masterclass with Robert Levin and appreciate his down-to-earth style coupled with incredible insight into the music of various composers and how […]

Awesome Folding Standup Desk for Teaching Piano!

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:36 +0000

I am not exaggerating when I say that I spent dozens of hours typing in every search string I could think of and perusing every shopping place that came to mind in order to find my newest piece of studio furniture. Although I’ve made many efforts over the years to do a better job of […]

Rockin’ Around the Rhythm Clock – A Fun Game for Piano Lessons!

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:48:26 +0000

A pair of super cool light-up rhythm sticks that my husband brought home from a work conference and a Rhythm Clock game idea from Janice Tuck, of the Fun Music Company, inspired this week’s rhythm activity: Rockin’ Around the Rhythm Clock! I used the rhythm patterns emphasized in Piano Safari Level 1, notating a pattern […]

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A Simple Fun Rhythm Game

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 10:00:49 +0000

It’s working! You might remember that the big objective with this year’s practice incentive theme, Beat the Pirates!, is to make rhythm “the cool part of the lesson.” I was thrilled when after today’s rhythm activity at the beginning of the lesson my daughter Claire exclaimed, “This is fun!” (This is especially encouraging since she […]

Pianissimo Courses Offers Teach Preschool Music Course!

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:15:51 +0000

One of the best things I ever did in my studio was implement monthly group classes that are open to all students in addition to their regular lesson for that week. These monthly gatherings have done wonders to build camaraderie in my studio and give students myriad experiences to help build their confidence as performers. […]

A Virtual Visit to Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:53 +0000

As much as I love to travel, sometimes I just can’t make it to all the cool places to enjoy all the unique experiences the world has to offer. At least with the internet we can sometimes get a small taste of it! For example, from the comfort of your own home, you can pay […]

Loving Piano Lessons

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:53 +0000

After one week back to teaching in the studio, I am reminded of the value of trying new ideas and approaches to connect with each student and engage them in the learning process in a meaningful and enjoyable way. The end result is that I love teaching more and they love their piano lessons more. […]

Finding the Best Seats in the House

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:47:03 +0000

Having just gone through the process of trying to determine the best seats for the money at an upcoming Broadway show, I was delighted to discover this authoritative advice from a design engineer on how to select the best seat in the concert hall based on the shape of the room. I will definitely be […]

It’s Live!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:00:56 +0000

After months of anticipation, Musical U has finally launched their brand new podcast: The Musicality Podcast! Here’s a quick link to the audio file and shownotes for the interview I did for one of their episodes titled, A Mindset for Musicality. I already subscribed via my podcast app and am so looking forward to tuning […]