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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 […]



And We’re Off…with the September Surprise!

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:17:46 +0000

As has been our tradition for many years, we launched our new year of piano lessons last weekend with the September Surprise! Each returning student had a piece ready to perform for the rest of us we played a fun rhythm get-to-know-you game (in keeping with our rhythm theme for the year!), and we had […]



Win a Music Giveaway Worth Over $500!

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:37:22 +0000

To celebrate the launch of the brand new Musicality podcast (1st episode is going live on Monday!), MusicalU is offering a giveaway of over $500 worth of music-related prizes (including my For the Love of Music course!). I only listen to a couple of podcasts regularly, but I’m really excited to see what Christopher Sutton […]



Treble Maker – a Fun 5-Minute Piano Lesson Game!

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:07:02 +0000

Matt, of Music For Little Learners, recently shared a link to their Treble Maker game with me and it looks fabulous! They have several sets of colorful cards you can download and print, depending on what you want to review with your student – note names, key signatures, symbols, tempi. The directions are simple to […]



10 Mini Song-Writing Challenges

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 18:42:28 +0000

Sabrina Peña Young, of MusicalU.com, has just posted a fun and inspirational collection of 10 Mini Song-Writing Challenges that would be super fun to use as composition starters with piano students as well! Check out her list for details on suggestions like: superhero songs, using art for inspiration, finding random lyrics, postcard songs, and more!



Piano Explorer – A Rediscovered Gem!

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:57:57 +0000

Years ago, I subscribed to the Piano Explorer magazine for my studio, letting students take home a copy if they were interested and archiving the rest in a notebook for future reference. Eventually, I let my subscription expire and its existence faded from my memory. Something recently reminded me of the Piano Explorer and I […]



The Math Behind an Octave

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:06:16 +0000

There are so many things that are easy to take for granted as musicians. We are standing on the shoulders, as it were, of many who have gone before us, making observations and discoveries that have been instrumental (:-)) in the progress and development of music as we understand it today. Even this tidbit that […]