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 […]

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 […]

Thinking about Performance

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in fear, perfection, performance, practice, self worth

I really dislike performing.  No, scratch that.  I like to perform but it scares the {expletive} out of me.  There I said it.  I’m not good enough.  Someone will judge me.  After all, I should be a flawless pianist.  I’m a teacher aren’t I? The Back Story There’s always a back story, huh?  Here’s mine. […]

Teen Students: A Heart Wants What a Heart Wants

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in instrument, parents, student, studio, teens

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 […]

Practice 101: Scrapping it All.

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A few weeks ago I penned the article I intended to post today. This morning, however, I scrapped it all.  I didn’t like it. It didn’t feel right.  It didn’t fit me; it didn’t fit my style. Sometimes, music is like this.  No matter how much I would like a student to learn a particular […]