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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

So, He Wants to Quit…

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in frontal cortex, lessons, parents, passion, quit, self worth, student, studio, teens

“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 […]

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 […]

Knock, Knock. Is Nancy NeverPractice Home?

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I hated to practice. I’m not proud of it, but I gouged deep scratches in our burgundy spinet, thanks to sharp, low-heels on my Mary Janes, and a good, swift kick. I could throw a youngest-child tantrum with the best of them. You see, I’m from a long line of tenacious women. A less-kind description […]

The Practice PACT: it’s a lot like life.

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Have you ever made a pact with yourself, only to find that a few weeks later you have broken it already? How about that New Year’s diet resolution? Or, remember that exercise faze you started before Spring Break, and then fell out of last summer? Exercise is one habit, however, that I have not broken […]

Halloween Piano Performance Workshop

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Activities to Scare Away Stage Fright! The Addams Family and ‘Cups’ Rhythm Games + More A Halloween Recital Trick or Treat fun $5 fee (at the door – $10 per family cap) + 1 Bag of Trick or Treat candy per student (30 piece bag)  [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label=’GOING?’ type=’checkbox-multiple’ required=’1′ […]