Monthly Archives: January 2011

Musical Jenga!

I did it!  I created my own Musical Jenga game. I got the inspiration from the Sing A New Song blog, who in turn got the idea from someone on the Faber Piano Adventures forums. (To view a list of other favorite games with musical spins, click here.) I found an off-brand version of the Jenga game […]

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The Winner of the Music Ribbon Blanket Giveaway…

Congratulations to the winner of the music blanket, selected via random number generator……. Beth Henderson-Tadeson! Congrats, Beth!  I will be in contact via email to get your mailing address. Even if you didn’t win, there’s still a chance for you to get a shot at a music ribbon blanket like the one pictured here.  There’s […]

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Teaching With the Student’s Goals in Mind

This week I gave a few first lessons to some new students.  One of the things I always ask during the first lesson/interview is: What are some of your goals in taking piano lessons? Here are some examples of answers I’ve received from students: I want to be able to play classical pieces that everyone […]

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iPhone & iPod Touch Apps Suggestions, Anyone?

My husband gave me an iPod Touch for Christmas, and I’ve gradually been downloading various apps to personalize it for the things I do.  It’s very exciting!  I love that I can access my email and the internet easily while I’m on campus, without going to a computer lab or hauling my laptop along with […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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Master’s Recital Program Notes

Well, my master’s recital has come and gone, and IT FEELS GREAT!  Compared to my undergraduate recitals, this recital was a much greater success.  I felt much more prepared and didn’t experience as much performance anxiety as I had expected to either.  I was actually able to enjoy myself throughout the process!  My family came […]

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Giveaway Extension and More

Hello folks, This week is a busy week for me – my Masters recital is on Saturday (wish me luck!) and so I am taking most of this week off from blogging.  I did want to let you know, however, that I am extending the giveaway of the music blanket which my sister made.  The […]

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January 2011 Giveaway: Music-Themed Ribbon Blanket for Baby

Hello readers, Can you believe it??  TWO giveaways in the same month! My sister made the music-themed ribbon blanket pictured here.  She is selling similar blankets on her Etsy page.  I thought her ribbon blankets were so precious that I requested that she make a music one that I could give away here on Color […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to… Wendy M. Sarah Sara K. You’ve won a magnet set!  Winners, please email me at admin[at] with your home address and I will get them mailed out!

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DIY: Ribbon Rings for Music & Movement Activities

I got the idea for this craft from Kara’s Creative Place blog (thanks for the brilliant idea, Kara!).  Ribbon Rings (Kara’s example is pictured at right) are a fun prop for movement activities with young students during group lessons, camps, or early childhood music classes.  Kids love fluttering the ribbons of these props while they […]

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Reminder: Enter the Giveaway before Midnight Tonight!

Just sending a quick reminder out – don’t forget to leave a comment or two in order to enter the magnet set giveaway!  Read all the details here.  The deadline is tonight at midnight.  The three winners will be announced tomorrow. Good luck, all!

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