Monthly Archives: September 2009

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.” – Gustav Mahler Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog…in the form of a musical quote or joke, intended to bring inspiration or humor to the […]

Posted in Words of Wisdom | Leave a comment

Checklist for Planning Student Recitals

Student Recitals are great because they give students a goal to work towards, giving their lessons more direction and increasing the student’s motivation for making progress on their pieces.  Parents and grandparents also love them, because they get a chance to watch the students play their pieces onstage. Here’s a checklist for when you plan […]

Posted in humor, recitals / performances, settings: | Tagged , , | 7 Responses

“Printables” page has been updated

If you head over the the Printables page, you will see that it has undergone a complete makeover!  I was having a great deal of difficulty with the WordPress plugin I was using to organize and display my printables, so finally I scrapped it totally and found another one.  Although it is not as fancy […]

Posted in lesson plans, music image files (tif), music theory, printables, what I'm up to, worksheets | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 Ways to Stay Connected with Parents

Sometimes it’s difficult to stay in contact with the parents and keep them informed about the students’ progress.  Here are some ways to improve the lines of communication: Newsletters.  Create a monthly or bi-monthly newsletter, and send it out via email or snail mail.  In it, congratulate student accomplishments (participation in competitions or other music […]

Posted in improving as a teacher | Tagged , , | 1 Response

Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio

If you like new age or solo piano music, check out Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio.  You can listen to new age / solo piano music for free on their website.  It’s a great place to listen to relaxing piano music while checking email or surfing the web.  =)

Posted in resources / links, what I'm up to | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music produces a kind of pleasure with which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog…in the form of a musical quote or joke, intended to bring inspiration or humor to the middle of your week.   Have suggestions?  Send an email […]

Posted in Words of Wisdom | Leave a comment

Free Sheet Music @ pianostreet.com

Free sheet music is always a good thing, right?  :] By signing up for a free Silver membership over at pianostreet.com, you’ll have access to free pdfs of classical music scores, including: Bach – 15 Inventions Beethoven – 32 Sonatas Burgmuller – 3 pieces from 25 Easy and Progressive Studies Schumann – Traumerei Tchaikovsky – […]

Posted in advanced level, by student's level, intermediate level, repertoire / methods, resources / links | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Response

55 reasons why you might be a theory geek

You might be a theory geek if… your favorite pickup line is, “What’s your favorite augmented sixth chord?” your second favorite pickup line is, “Would you like to raise my leading tone?” you dream in four parts. your biological clock follows a non-retrogradable isorhythm. you can improvise 16th century counterpoint with no trouble, but you […]

Posted in humor, music theory | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Resources @ makingmusicfun.net

Have you seen makingmusicfun.net yet?  This site is full of free resources for both teachers and students.  All the materials available at Making Music Fun have super-cute graphics in an “under the sea” theme. For teachers: Sheet music (both arranged and unarranged, organized by level) Composer worksheets Music achievement certificates Practice charts Manuscript paper Intervals […]

Posted in beginners / elementary Level, intermediate level, music theory, resources / links, technology | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Response

Best free manuscript paper

Just thought I’d share a little tip today about where to find THE best free manuscript paper (in my humble opinion): Antonjazz.com   There are hundreds of sites out there that offer free manuscript paper (aka staff paper).  But this is my absolute favorite.   Now, you must know, I do a little composing every now […]

Posted in composition, humor, music theory, resources / links | Tagged , , , , | 1 Response

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“There’s nothing remarkable about it.  All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.” – Johann Sebastian Bach Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog…in the form of a musical quote or joke, intended to bring inspiration or […]

Posted in Words of Wisdom | Leave a comment

Value of Teaching to Play By Ear

A couple weeks ago, I posted a list of melodies that work well assign piano students to take home and learn to play by ear.  Over at ComposeCreate.com, Wendy Stevens talks about the value of teaching students to play by ear during a lecture she gave, Composition for Kids: Time-Saving Ways to Teach Composition in your Studio. […]

Posted in beginners / elementary Level, composition, ear training, improving as a teacher, private lessons, resources / links, settings: | Tagged , , | Leave a comment
css.php