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 […]

George Winston Live in Livingston County!

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♫Our Piano Mascot, Winston’s Name-Sake is Performing Live in Livingston County! ♫ YES, I’m going! ♪George Winston Concert♪ -Dec. 8, Saturday @7:30 Location – Hartland Performing Arts Center, 9525 E. Highland Road, Howell, MI 48843 Tickets – $35 and $50 Information – click here “Innovative, Celebrated, and accomplished, Winston is the real deal.” — RAB, […]

Best ‘Kid-Friendly’ Classical Music

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We want our students to listen to the best classical music, but let’s face it, most of us just don’t know where to start when it comes to finding good pieces that connect with kids. Let’s be honest here; if we choose the “wrong” kind of classical music as a first exposure, it might not […]

Get Out of Your Own Way:Finding your Heart in Art

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     On Monday, I heard this: “Get out of your own way!”  My own way that’s what it is!  It is me that is stopping me.  It is me that speaks doubt into my own heart, even as I encourage others.   It is me that tells myself, “You aren’t good enough.  You know you […]

The Rest In-Between

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“Music is not in the notes, but rather in the silence in-between.”  Amadeus Mozart The space in-between.  I’ve been a mother for 25 years, and just this week, I realized that my mothering days have mostly spent in-between something.   Some of those days were perfectly wonderful, yet other days were edgy and uncomfortable. What […]