Monthly Archives: November 2009

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music is the universal language of mankind . . .” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 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 […]

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Best Free Sheet Music Sites

You can never have too much free music!  Head on over to musictechtips.wordpress.com and check out this post:  11 Best Free Sheet Music Sites.  It is an excellent list of sites that contain free pdfs of sheet music.  A word of caution: not all free sheet music online is copyright free.  Always be careful to observe […]

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Teacher Resources @ Clavier’s Piano Explorer site

Many piano teachers subscribe to Clavier magazine, and some even subscribe their students to Clavier’s Piano Explorer, the music magazine for kids.  I recently found out that their site contains some great resources for teaching about various composers and concepts in music history.  This month, there have some great resources about Beethoven, including: Links to YouTube recordings, […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“The notes I handle no better than many pianists.  But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides!” – Artur Schnabel 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 […]

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Piano makes taking the stairs more fun!

Here’s a fun idea for making the stairs more fun to use!  Watch the video below:

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6 Ways for Teachers to Stay Current

Although many of us teachers are no longer in college, I think it’s safe to say that we all want to stay connected with other teachers/musicians and continue to improve and grow both as teachers and musicians.  Here are six ways to do just that: Stay in touch with any previous teachers or professors you […]

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What Motivates Musicians and Music Students? – Part 2

This post is Part 2 of the two-part series: What Motivates Musicians and Music Students?  Here’s a quick recap and then the conclusion of the series: This goal [creating students who can convey musical meaning] in itself is an intrinsic motivator, for even the youngest of students can appreciate the value of musical meaning and […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“You can’t possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven’s Seventh and go slow.” – Oscar Levant, explaining his way out of a speeding ticket 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 […]

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What Motivates Musicians and Music Students? – Part 1

I found an interesting post over at the Third-Stream Music Education blog.  It includes a link to a fascinating video of Dan Pink’s presentation about motivation in the business world (be sure to watch the whole thing!).  The post at the Third-Stream Music Ed blog makes some interesting connections between ways of motivating employees and ways of […]

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Just Added: Answer Keys to recent worksheets

It occurred to me that it might be helpful to also make answer sheets available for the worksheets of the Analyzing and Composing Music of the Romantic Period lesson plans.  So, I have scanned my answer sheets and made them available on the Printables page.  You can find them here!

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Using Adjectives to Capture the Imagination

One of the ideas I’ve been exploring extensively throughout the research I’m doing for my paper for college (the one about improvisation) is making music musical.  This seems so obvious, but really, what would music be without musicality?  Check out this video, of a robot playing the violin. Speaking of which, have you ever had […]

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@ PrimaMusic.com – 25% off Music Gifts

For those of you teachers who are already thinking ahead to Christmas time, head on over to PrimaMusic.com, where they are offering a special 25% off sale on all music gifts for the next two weeks.  As always, shipping is free.  PrimaMusic has one of the largest online selections of music gifts I’ve seen.  Be […]

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