Monthly Archives: April 2009

A Little Music Humor for your studio door

Here’s a link to a site where you can print some crazy musical scores. Somebody sure had a sense of humor. This would be a great gift to send home with your students on April Fools Day. :]

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Congrats to Elizabeth!

Congrats to my student, Elizabeth, who won the 3-part Invention division of the local Bach Competition earlier this year. Last Sunday afternoon she performed in the winners recital. It was her first entry in a piano competition, and she played fabulously!

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Program Notes from 2009

My senior recital was last night!  Let me tell you, it feels GREAT to have that accomplishment behind me!   Here’s the program notes: Prelude & Fugue in C minor, from Book II WTC (BWV 871)………J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 “Tempest”………..Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)      […]

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Program Notes from 2008

I’ve been working on the program notes for my senior recital, which is coming up….and thought I’d look up my program notes from my junior recital last year!  They’re kind of fun to read. Für Alina…………………………………………Arvo Pärt (1935-present)        Préludes, Book I……………………………Claude Debussy (1862-1918) …La danse de Puck …Minstrels

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An Inspiring Reminder…

The following is a something that has been recently circulating via email forwarding (thanks Dr. Le!).  I thought it make some excellent points, reminding us of our ultimate goal as musicians.  Hope you find it as inspiring as I did!  (Sorry for its length — but let me tell you, it’s definitely worth taking the […]

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Accuracy vs. Musicality

There are many performers who I consider to have amazing accuracy of notes, but minimal musicality….others who hit many wrong notes, but have AMAZING musicality.  The greatest performers, I think, are those who manage to do both successfully.  But if I had to choose between one extreme or another, I would choose the musicality over […]

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Student Composition Recital

On Friday, April 3, a Student Composition Recital was held at my college.  Two of my pieces were performed!   Here’s my horn solo with French horn accompaniment…

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Recital Preparation

My students are currently preparing for our studio piano recital in May.  They are all doing great.  I was doing some brainstorming (which can be dangerous), and decided to hold a “practice recital” the weekend before the actual recital.  I envisioned all my students cramming into my music room, listening to each other playing their […]

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I found this cool link among the resources on my friend’s vocal studio site. provides an interactive way to practice note names, key signatures, intervals, piano key names, among other things.  Just think of it as “interactive flashcards.”  It’s a great to site to refer to your students!

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