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 […]

Momentum. Keep moving forward.

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You don’t have to understand it all to take the next step.  You don’t.  You really don’t.  In life.  In piano lessons. Why do we think we have to have it all figured out before we move on?  I challenge you in this belief.  Take piano lessons, for instance.  Sometimes your student comes to lessons […]

Say It! Being real meets being kind.

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Me: “What goals would you like to work towards? What do you need to improve upon?” Susie Student: “I’m pretty good at everything.” Me: “But what would you like to do even better?” Susie: “I don’t know… what do you think I don’t do very well?” Me:.… awkward silence… and then realizing I feel very […]

Winter Wonderland Christmas Album!

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Merry Christmas!  Santa (a.k.a. Tyler Floyd, proprietor and audio engineer at Summit House Studios) secretly set up equipment, recorded and posted a recording of your child on Bandcamp.com.   Tyler is a recent Audio Engineering graduate, alumni of Floyd Piano Studio, and a wearer of many musical “hats”.  He is establishing his mobile recording studio here in […]