Monthly Archives: March 2013

New Composer Lapbooks: Chopin & Haydn

Two brand new composer lapbooks have just been added to the ColorInMyPiano shop! Meet Chopin! Studying Chopin was the perfect opportunity to discuss various types of character pieces and listen to a variety of Chopin’s wonderful oeuvre for piano.  We also talked a bit about Chopin’s background as a Polish composer and his life in Paris, contributing as a […]

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March 2013 Giveaway Winners

Below are the winners of the Princess Piano app: #5: MJ #26: Stacy #24: Donna McLain #9: Claire Westlake #8: Marion G. #17: NancyAP #13: Lori H #16: Karen #21: Justina #1: Diane Conway Congrats!  Winners, watch your inbox for an email from me.

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Making Music Worksheets Using Rhythm Fonts

A frequent question I receive from blog readers is about what method/software do I use to make music worksheets.  Since discovering music fonts (and publishing my blog post on music fonts last Spring), I have been using music fonts more and more for my printables and using Finale less and less.  Finale is great and totally […]

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New in the Shop: Level 2 Rhythm Cards

The Level 1 Rhythm Cards have a been a popular item in the Color In My Piano shop.  I’m excited to announce that Level 2 has been released!

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“School curricula that ignore the arts produce ‘highly educated Barbarians.’” – Edward Albee, playwright 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 […]

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Review & Giveaway: Princess Piano app

Princess Piano is an iPhone/iPad app by the developer Dented Pixel.  I recently stumbled upon this app in the iTunes store, and decided to give it a whirl! When you first open the app, it allows you to login under your own name.  The app’s settings allow you to change players, and to choose the […]

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Piano Keyboard Printable

Today, I’m sharing a simple but useful freebie: I call it the Piano Keyboard Printable. I love using my wooden/foam silent keyboards during group classes (both Piano Readiness or Homeschool Music Classes) and for theory worksheets/activities at my Piano Parties — but sometimes I just want paper, so I designed this printable.  I printed and laminated […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.” – Jewel (Thanks to Mykal 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 […]

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Forum Q&A: What type of piano did you first learn on?

At our last Forum Q&A, I asked about what piano books you studied from as a child.  It was so fun reading all the responses!  Read the comments here on the blog and here on the facebook page. I must be feeling nostalgic again…  :)  For our new Forum Q&A, I want to know: What kind of […]

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2013 MTNA Conference

I just wanted to wish safe travels to those who are heading to the 2013 MTNA conference in Anaheim, CA!  I wish I were going this year — but I’ll definitely be going next year when it is in Chicago!  :) There are a few bloggers who are planning to live-blog or later share their […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Be miserable.  Or motivate yourself.  Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer (Special thanks to Mykal O. for sending me 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 […]

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March 2013 Piano Party

Last Saturday was another monthly Piano Party day for my students! As we waited for everyone to arrive, the students competed two worksheets:  a lines vs. spaces worksheet from Fun & Learn Music, and an intervals worksheet from my Printables page. I always have students go around the room to introduce themselves, just in case […]

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