Monthly Archives: October 2009

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues.  The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket.” – Henri Rabaud Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog…in the form of a musical quote […]

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Creativity in the Piano Lesson | Part 1 of the series

I’ve been reading a lot about improvisation (non-jazz, particularly) and creativity in the piano lesson lately, as I’ve been working on a paper for my Into to Music Research class for college.  It’s interesting to me how today there seems to be a trend for exact, literal performances of composers’ works.  It was not always […]

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New Piano Method: Piano Safari

I recently heard about a brand new piano method series, called Piano Safari, written by Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr, both grads from University of Oklahoma’s excellent Piano Pedagogy program.  The series looks very intriguing.  I would like to try out the series the next time I get a new beginner student! The element that I find most […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music is what feelings sound like.” – Author Unknown 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 off to admin[at]colorinmypiano.com.

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My Favs: Jim Brickman solo piano music

In a post last week, I mentioned Jim Brickman — composer of new age solo piano music (as well as some pop music with vocals).  His music is great to play when you are stressed out and just want to play something relaxing that doesn’t require as much concentration as classical music.  =D  I thought […]

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New Nat’l Music Achievement Program in the US?

I recently heard that Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School are considering the possibility of implementing a National Music Achievement Program in the US.  Here’s the lowdown: The program would include the following characteristics: Students would be evaluated by regional, reputable adjudicators using a pre-defined syllabus and repertoire list Evaluations would be available several times […]

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Free piano arrangements of anime music

I recently received a new transfer adult student.  She’s an excellent sight-reader and a fun person to be around!  She has a great interest in anime (for those of you not familiar with anime [AH-nee-may], it is “a style of animation developed in Japan,” according to Answers.com).  Shehas been teaching me quite a bit about anime […]

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Highlights from Michigan Music Teachers Conference 2009

This past weekend was the Michigan Music Teachers Association 124th State Conference, taking place in Bay City, Michigan.  A couple of my fellow college piano pedagogy majors and I drove over to Bay City on Monday, to hear the conferences of the day.  Conferences are so great because they give you all sorts of new […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” – Leopold Stokowski 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 […]

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free Renee Fleming download @ Amazon.com

Run on over to Amazon.com!  They currently are offering a free mp3 download of La Bohème/Act 3 – Addio! Che Vai?…Donde Lieta Uscì by the amazing Renee Fleming.  It is not often that Amazon includes classical music among their selection of free mp3s, and it won’t last long.  If you are a fan of opera […]

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Just Added! Flashcards: Naming Notes (Middle C Position)

Just added to the Printables > Other Resources page: Flashcards: Naming Notes (Middle C Position) There are two pages in this file: Page 1: Contains 10 flashcards for reinforcing the notes of the Middle C position (i.e., Bass F through Treble G). Page 2: Contains the “answers” to the note name flashcards, to be printed onto the backside […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“If the king loves music, it is well in the land.” – Mencius 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 off to admin[at]colorinmypiano.com.

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