Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 2012 Giveaway Winners

I am completely blown away by (1) the number of entries in last week’s giveaway (over 100!), and (2) all of the wonderfully ideas you shared for motivating to students to practice!  (Check out all the responses here!)  It’s so great to be a part of this teaching community online.  We benefit SO much from […]

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July 2012 Giveaway Reminder

Just a little reminder…the giveaway of Andrea & Trevor’s pdf book “Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Practice” ends tonight at midnight EST!  If you haven’t entered yet, you’d better do so soon.  The winner will be announced tomorrow. I know my summer posts have been a little far and few between, and mostly about […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“No music, no life. Know music, know life.” — 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 me a message here.

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“So, You Want To Be A Composer?” Camp – Now Available!

Hooray, the “So, You Want To Be A Composer?” camp has just been added to the Color In My Piano Shop! You’ve already seen the photos from our composition camp that was held a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday, I posted a sample student composition and a freebie from the lesson plans. Now, you can read […]

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Music Camp Freebie from “So, You Want To Be A Composer?”

Good morning!  The “So, You Want To Be A Composer?” camp is ready to be listed in the Color In My Piano shop……but I’m just waiting to hear back from one more student to get permission to share their composition in the lesson plan as an example.  I will post it as soon as I […]

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July 2012 Giveaway: Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Practice

Andrea & Trevor Dow of Teach Piano Today have recently created a resource called, “Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Practice.”  She kindly sent me a copy to review, so I’m going to tell you about it — and give you a chance to win your own copy! First, here is Andrea’s description of the […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved by concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; the motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted.” — Shakespeare, from “The Merchant of Venice” Every Wednesday brings Words of […]

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So, You Want To Be A Composer? – 2012 Summer Camp Details

Last week, I held my second summer music camp for my piano students!  It was called, “So, You Want To Be A Composer?”  I am so excited to share with you some details about our camp.  We had a really great week! Here’s where all the magic happened:

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Check out Facebook group: The Art of Piano Pedagogy

Irina Gorin recently started a facebook group called The Art of Piano Pedagogy.  There are some great discussions going on over there, and I highly recommend joining the group and check it out!  Here’s the link. Happy weekend, all!

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Teacher Feature: Jeff Wille

We are long overdue for another Teacher Feature!  (Learn more about Teacher Feature posts here). A big thank you to Jeff Willes for being willing to share with us today.  Meet Jeff Wille from the JW Music Studio in Texas! Name: Jeff Wille Area: Savannah, TX Website: Please tell us about your piano and/or teaching background: […]

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Introducing…The Color In My Piano Shop!

Greetings! I have a big announcement today: I have just added a “Shop” page to, where I have listed a few items for sale!  Don’t worry…I’ll always share lots of freebies too, but I have some bigger projects that I’d like to make available in the shop.  :)  Right now, I’ve got two items […]

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So, You Want To Be A Composer? Summer Camp 2012

Here is what I’m up to this week!  :)

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