Category Archives: piano studio, responsibility, teaching

War of the Worlds

There’s more to teaching piano than a degree. Play with fingers, think on your feet, yes – but hear with your heart. Continue reading

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The High Cost of Ignorance

What are five things you wish you had learned earlier in life? Everyday I am learning new things. A couple posts ago I mentioned the shortcuts some artists take that’s pretty much akin to a vocalist lip-synching at a concert. … Continue reading

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What is Christmas Anyway?

  What is Christmas Anyway?   I remember teaching from a Christmas favorites book and my piano student asked me why do we celebrate Christmas. So I told him that it is a day to remember the birth of Jesus. … Continue reading

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What do you value?

We just passed the season of gifts and giving. What was your favorite gift? My husband and I had the privilege of spending time with both our children and their families. That’s priceless. You only have a set time to … Continue reading

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Music Notation – Help!

Music Notation Software – A Blessing or Curse? This month was filled with making up level appropriate tests for my piano students. Testing is so important for both students and teacher. Students have a sense of accomplishment knowing they learned … Continue reading

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Stocked pantries and Piano Repertoire

Preparing for Opportunity Before you can seize the opportunity, you must prepare for it. Starlings outside the breakfast nook windows found the down from the ducks. They are stuffing their bills with as many as possible before flying to the … Continue reading

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Culinary Snobbery & Teaching Flexibility

Confessions of a Culinary Snob I like to cook. If an ingredient is missing – no worry-improvise! My daughter does me proud by following in my footsteps. We may improvise but we would never, I repeat, NEVER use put cottage … Continue reading

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Do more with Chords, Time & What to practice

Using Chords Differently in Improvisation. It’s the last day of February and I left my readers in Impro Limbo. So check out the next step in my Improvisation pages. Time and responsibility A dear friend of mine, Sandy, lost her … Continue reading

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When Do You Dump the Method Books?

Michael Peterson Going to State! I lie in bed fighting off the bronchitis that followed my case of flu and suddenly the phone rang. It was Michael calling to tell me he placed a rating of #1 at the KSHAA … Continue reading

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How Do You Open A Closed Mind?

Art Supplies I’m getting excited about painting. I used all my Christmas and B-day gifts to buy some materials. Since I’m usually house bound, I shop online. It’s hard finding what I need in the Wichita area anyway, so I … Continue reading

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