Music Speaks to Me

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Being a piano teacher, I think most people expect me love classical music. Generally, I do enjoy it, but it is not my “go-to” genre.  The California Conservatory of Music (https://www.thecaliforniaconservatory.com), gives an excellent list of reasons why we study classical music: “1) Classical music is the basic building block for all other genres. Think […]

Performance Butterflies

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TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PERFORMANCE BUTTERFLIES Thank you Shelly Davis @pianoparentpodcast for this article on Recital Butterflies.  Listen to the podcast here:  http://www.pianoparentpodcast.com/140-2/ “Today I am aiming my comments toward the piano kids so I really encourage parents to listen to this one with them. If you are a teacher listening, consider […]

Spring Piano Recital – WHY??

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Today, I want to repost (in large part) the text from a podcast that I frequent, the Piano Parent Podcast by Shelly Davis. http://www.pianoparentpodcast.com/139-2/ I know that Spring is a busy time for all of us – sports, graduations, weddings, and end of school events abound – and yet a culminating Spring Piano is important. […]

The Summer I.S.P.

Posted Leave a commentPosted in chords, Composing, improvisation, lessons, Movies, parents, student, Students, studio, Summer

Summer is coming…finally!  And, I know some of you are thinking, “YES!!! I get a break from taxi service to piano lessons.”  In fact, historically, I know that about 60-70% of you must be feeling that way! But, what a break from piano lessons became more of an exploration project for your student?  What if […]

Practice Makes Permanent

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Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi Ahhh, all of those words of wisdom about practice!  Practice is defined as follows: Prac·tice  /ˈpraktəs/verb perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or […]

Ages & Stages: Piano Lessons Through the Years

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You’re a parent.  I’m a parent. But, I am not your kids’ parent.  I’m the piano teacher. (“Really?,”  I can hear you say.) But, as a teacher/coach, I see my role as piano teacher as an extension of parenting; and, my role changes with each student’s life stage. Let’s categorize students into three stages:  Elementary […]

H.B.P.H.D.: True Confession

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True Confession: In the past, I have suffered from HBPHD:  Happy Birthday Public Humiliation Disorder.  I have been asked to play Happy Birthday in public settings only to be totally humiliated by not knowing what to do without a piece of music in front of me.  NO MORE! I am committed this year to not letting that happen to […]