Monthly Archives: October 2012

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Do not try to be a genius in every bar.” – Gabriel Fauré 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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Freebie: Line & Space Notes Worksheet

I’ve added a new free worksheet to the Printables page today! This Line & Space Notes Worksheet is intended for use with beginner students who are first being introduced to the staff notation.  Understanding line and space notes is important not only for understanding how staff notation works in general, but it is also an […]

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Time for Christmas Music

I am preparing to pass out Christmas music to my students to this week!  It still seems early to me, but my students have a performance opportunity in early December — so I thought we better get rolling on that Christmas music! I’ve updated my post from two years ago “List of Free Christmas Arrangements […]

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Review & Giveaway: Rhythm Cat app

Rhythm Cat – Cost: Free version (15 levels) is FREE;  Rhythm Cat Pro is $2.99.  The pro version is available currently for iPhone/iPod Touch — and the pro version for iPad is coming out soon! This app is a fun and effective way to improve rhythm skills.  Let me tell you why! On each level, […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” – Frederic Chopin 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 […]

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Classical Music To Attract (or Scare) Your Trick-Or-Treaters

This year for Halloween, I plan to pass out candy with my studio name on it again and wear my piano costume dress again.  I was thinking about having some scary classical music playing on my porch too, so I compiled a list of music!  Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to […]

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Review: Sheet Music by Elena Cobb

Elena Cobb is a piano teacher and composer in the UK (but originally from Russia) who writes music in various popular musical styles, including blues, Latin, and jazz.  She has music books available intended for both young students and intermediate to advanced students.  You can read more about Elena’s teaching approach and goals behind her […]

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Windchime Made From an Old Glockenspiel

For any of you fellow crafty-types out there, here’s a fun Pinterest-inspired project I completed lately:

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.” – Gustav Holst 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? […]

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Freebie: Piano Lessons Flyer Template #2

I’ve created a new flyer template for advertising piano lessons, and have just added it to the Printables > Studio Business page!  (Scroll down to the P’s for “Piano Lessons Flyer Template #2.) This flyer template has the rip-off tabs just like the previous one, but this one is in color and includes a picture of […]

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Business Topics for Piano Teachers

On Friday, I gave a presentation for the local MTNA chapter back in my hometown, the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids.  This association was the first one I joined as an undergraduate music major and piano teacher.  I learned so much from the presentations I attended during those years!  It was so fun to […]

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iTalk app Review

iTalk app | Cost: Free (with ads) or Premium version: $1.99 (no ads), for iPhone and iPad. This app is the perfect solution when recording audio of your or your students’ playing.  In many cases, I record video of my students playing during piano lessons; but sometimes I want only audio, so that I can get better […]

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