Never Too Late

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For any parent who’s lamented not pursuing a long-shelved hobby, there’s good news: Your ship hasn’t sailed. Her’s how to harness your inner child and learn something new as a grown-up – plus teach your kids something in the process. By Wensdy Von Buskirk [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="110"] Wensdy[/caption] Ever since I was little, I’ve […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

It Takes Two…Generations

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So you are not a musical parent?  No worries.  As a parent, are you overwhelmed with all the things I might take for granted of you along the way?  I understand.  As time passes, you’ll become an expert at supporting your child’s music education. But, until then, here are 10 absolute basics to keep in […]

So, He Wants to Quit…

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“We taking a ‘break’ from piano lessons.”  Note:  ‘break’ is code word for ‘quit’. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” This is my head and heart’s reaction when I hear these words from a parent whose child is giving up on piano lessons before I am ready to give the student up.  You see, as a teacher, it’s *all about […]

Nervous Nellie

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With a Christmas Recital coming up, I’ve devoted these past two posts to stage fright, performance jitters, etc.  Call them what you will, but nerves are a very real part life! Hi ‘Piano Parent’, I can relate to Nellie on so many levels.  If you doubt this is true, check out my last blog post […]

Teen Students: A Heart Wants What a Heart Wants

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I have people in my house that sleep in my beds, yet refuse to make them; eat my food at midnight, and leave dishes in the sink; and, have strong opinions about literally everything.  Yet, these people can be the most delightful individuals, except when they’re not!  TEENS! Teens. They are my favorite students. They’ve […]