Monthly Archives: April 2011

Practice Performing

Perhaps you are wondering why there is a picture of a bunch of stuffed animals for this post.  Haha, I’ll get to that in a moment! My private students are preparing to play for the university’s Community Music School recital tomorrow!  There will be about 12 students performing, 4 of which are my students.  For […]

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Forum Q&A | Obtaining Student Materials & Reimbursement

I forgot to put up the week’s new Forum Q&A post yesterday, so here it is a day late!  Sorry about that…I think the term paper for my music history class is draining all my brain cells.  =D It was so fun to read the variety of approaches teachers use when it comes to summer […]

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Some Page Turning Humor

Whew, the semester is wrapping up!  My husband and I are looking forward to graduation, although it’s certainly bittersweet.  I will really miss being in school!  We’ll be moving sometime over the next few months, although a lot is still up in the air.  For now, I can tell you we are moving to Ohio! […]

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Improvisation Activity: Rory’s Story Cubes

Before I begin, allow me to give credit where credit is due for this wonderful idea: I got this idea from Laura on her blog (click here).  I was so thrilled to see her idea of using these “story cubes” for improvisation with piano students! Meet “Rory’s Story Cubes.” Rory’s Story Cubes consist of a […]

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Rethinking The Student’s First Lesson

Okay, so I’ve been thinking about this topic for a few weeks now, and today I’m spilling all!   Sorry about the length. =) Don’t Make My Mistake! When I first began teaching, I created a mental list of all the things I felt were essential for a new student should know.  I thought very […]

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Forum Q&A | What is your Policy Regarding Summer Lessons?

I had so much fun reading about what kind of pianos you all have on last week’s Forum Q&A!  And many of you with blogs posted photos of your piano too.  If you haven’t seen all the comments, click here and scroll down to check them out. This week, let’s talk about something less fun… […]

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Consider Supporting this Project for Classical Music CD for Kids!

Have you heard of  It’s a cool site where people can raise money for creative project of all kinds.  Ordinary people like you and me can support these projects.  Here’s the kicker: the team must reach the monetary goal by 3-month deadline or else they don’t get any of the money that was pledged. […]

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2011 MTNA Conference Loot

I finally got around to taking a picture of the free sheet music I took home from the MTNA conference.  A few books are not pictured because I already took them with me to my office on campus, including the RCM 2008 Syllabus and RCM Teacher Handbook.  I added everything up, and I took home […]

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2011 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy

This summer, I plan to attend another conference: the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy!  It’s being held July 27-30. Some fast facts: NCKP is held every other year. NCKP is sponsored by the Francis Clark Center and held in Chicago. Speakers this year include Dennis Alexander, Randall Faber, Forrest and Akiko Kinney, George Litterst, Mario Ajero, and many […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

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