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 […]

It’s about Motivation (even with a Fancy-Schmancy name)

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I just love it when I discover that I’ve doing something that really has a ‘fancy-schmancy’ name.  Somehow, I feel validated…dare I say, important?   What I’m talking about is called the “Self-Determination Theory.” It was coined by two psychologists,  Richard Ryan and Edward Deci. I promise not to toss a bunch of esoteric psycho-theory […]

Where? will music find your child.

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I was a kicker.  No, girls weren’t allowed to play football in the 80’s, nor did my rural school in Kansas didn’t offer soccer.   But, as a little girl, I distinctly remember sitting at the piano bench.  I wore a handmade dress and black patent leather Mary Janes, knee socks to match.  My long […]

Rewards…Going beyond $$$

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re·ward rəˈwôrd/ noun –  a thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement. I recently spoke at a teacher training course at an Arts School.   Of course, the age-old question popped up:  “How do you get kids to practice?”   “Yup, there it is,” I thought to myself.   Really, I don’t have […]