Monthly Archives: August 2012

Review & Giveaway: SpeakBeat app

SpeakBeat – Cost: $1.99.  View it in the iTunes store here. SpeakBeat is a metronome app, but with a twist: it “speaks” the beats!  Just choose the time signature and choose whether you’d like sub beats counted (the “and’s,” “one-and-a’s,” and the “one-e-and-a’s”) or not.   The tempo can be adjusted from 20-240 bpm.  There are […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Paint pictures with sound. First, find your white—the deepest, roundest sound you can play on the guitar. Then, find your black—which is the most extreme tonal difference from white you can play. Now, just pick the note where you’ve got white, pick it where you’ve got black, and then find all those colors in between. […]

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Using the iPhone/iPad in Piano Teaching

I’ve been enjoying the wonders of my iPod Touch 4g for nearly two years now.  However, recently, my hubby and I upgraded our cell phones to the glorious iPhone 4.  There isn’t really much difference between the two, other than that now I don’t have to carry both a phone and the iPod around with […]

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Review: How To Listen To Great Music by Robert Greenberg

I was kindly sent a copy of a book by Robert Greenberg to review called “How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart.”  The book has about 330 pages and is organized into 33 chapters. The content of this book is mostly about its subtitle than about its title. […]

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Freebie: Music History Periods Lapbook Study

Last week, I blogged all about my recent Music History camp and I also promised a free download of the lapbook of the music history periods.  The pdf is ready for download!  Read on for the details.

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50 Piano Classics Album

EMI Classics send me an email informing me about a special promotion going on right now.  They are currently offering an album of 50 classical piano pieces for just $0.99 (USD) on  The artists include Martha Argerich, Andre Watts, Alexis Weissenberg, and many others! I just downloaded the album and am looking forward to […]

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Updated: Record of Attendance & Payment Printable

Just a quick post today to those of you’ve who’ve asked if I planned to update the dates of the Record of Attendance & Payment printable for 2012-13.  The answer is YES, and here it is!  Visit the Printables > Studio Business page and scroll down to the R’s. The “Student Information Form” has also […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Music is the art…which most completely realizes the artistic idea and is the condition to which all the other arts are constantly aspiring.” — Oscar Wilde 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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Forum Q&A | Keeping Teenagers Engaged

Our last Q&A Forum topic was about organization.  I loved reading your ideas — thank you all for your responses! I had a great topic idea from a reader (thanks, Amy!) who asked: How do you keep teenagers engaged?  As we know, sometimes they are taking lessons only because their parents want them to.  Or, […]

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2012 Music History Camp

Last week, I held my last music camp of the summer!  I called it “Music History Blast From the Past.”  I had a smaller group of students this time — which was actually very nice for a subject like music history!

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Another Peek

This morning was our last day of music history camp! We had such a great week. I can’t wait to share more of the details, which will be coming your way next week. For now, here’s another sneak peek photo:

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” — Albert Schweitzer (Special thanks to Soni for sending in this quote!) 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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