Monthly Archives: May 2012

Student Humor

Just a quick story to share today… I was teaching my homeschool music class this morning, and we started learning about Franz Liszt today.  After talking about his life, I played this YouTube video of Evgeny Kissin playing a Liszt etude to listen to as they colored a picture of Liszt.  As usual, I had to […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music is an outburst of the soul.” — Frederick Delius 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 me a message here.

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Giveaway Winners of eBook “Matthew 6:33 Piano Teacher”

My goodness, because of those two weeks I took off from blogging, I completely forgot to draw the winners of the “Matthew 6:33 Piano Teacher” eBook giveaway!  Sorry about the delay.  Here are the 5 winners: Rachel Cohick Suz Nona Nancy Potoczky Janelle Congrats to our winners!  Winners — stay tuned for an email from […]

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Spell-A-Keyboard Game

This morning with my homeschool music class, I played this game with my students: As I was lesson planning last night, I was trying to think of a new way to practice the names of the piano keys.  My homeschool music class is mostly a music history class, but we’ve been learning basic music/piano concepts […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not to dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they can go out and find the answers themselves.” — Herbie Hancock Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in […]

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Joy Gets Interviewed… :)

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a 16-year-old homeschooler, asking if I’d answer some interview questions for a research project about piano teaching.  I was happy to oblige, and she was willing to let me post my answers here too.  It was kind of fun! How old were you when you first […]

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Piano Student End-Of-The-Year Evaluations

I’m back!  I ended up taking two weeks off instead of one, I know.  :)  But it felt great.  It feels great to be back too. At the MTNA National Conference in NYC this year, one of the sessions I attended encouraged teachers to do yearly or quarterly assessments/evaluations of their students.  Some teachers accompany […]

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Blogging Break

Just a quick post to let you know that I will be taking the week off from blogging.  My brother is getting married this weekend, so my husband and I will be staying in Michigan with my family for a few days.  And the early part of this week is going to be busy with […]

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Music Motor Match – A Rhythm Matching Game

A large percentage of my studio right now is beginner/early elementary students.  I like having simple and short games to play with them at the end of the lesson that reinforce concepts we are learning in their books.  Motor Music Match is a game that I created with these things in mind.  Take a look: […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

A reader sent me this amusing story: I taught a beginning keyboard group experience for 4-5 years olds – before anything was on the market – at a local community center.  I had 5 preschoolers per class and we got to know each other very well in the small sessions.   I was at the […]

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Spring Recital Details

As I mentioned yesterday, our Spring Recital was Saturday!  Here’s how it went down: It was held at the local library.  They have an atrium with a Steinway baby grand piano.  In the past, I’ve always held recitals at churches (and once at a school).  I look for churches with grand pianos that can be […]

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