Monthly Archives: April 2013

DIY Project: Recital Countdown!

Do you have any 4×6 photo frames lying around?  It’s time to put one to good use! This do-it-yourself project will help remind your students about upcoming studio events each time they come for their piano lesson.  :) Materials: 4×6 photo frame Printed background (download the free JPG file on the Printables > Other Resources page […]

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International Week of The Piano Geek

Have you heard about International Week of the Piano Geek, yet? Starting next week on Monday, the folks behind are holding a fun week of emails, giveaways, and more. Visit to learn more and to subscribe to the email list to get the updates. Color In My Piano will be making an appearance, […]

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My Visit to The Piano Cottage

Last weekend, my hubby and I took a little trip to my hometown in Michigan to visit family. I also had the opportunity to meet up with a fellow piano teacher in Grand Rapids — Jody Deems-McCarger. I connected with Jody last fall through my blog, and then soon after had the opportunity to meet […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“I compose music as a tree produces apples.” — Camille Saint-Saens 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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My New Business Cards

I was running low on business cards, so I ordered some new ones a couple weeks ago.  I decided to try my hand at a little bit of graphic design and make the cards myself in Photoshop Elements.  I’ve ordered from in the past and have been very pleased with the quality, so I […]

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PractizPal Giveaway Winner

Thank you to all those who entered the PractizPal giveaway last week and shared an idea for motivating students to practice! You can check out all the responses here. And now to announce the randomly drawn winner… Congrats to: Orlia! Please watch your inbox for an email from me.

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“What the English like is something that they can beat time to, something that hits them straight on the drum of the ear.”  – George Frederic Handel 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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Make Music Worksheets Using My FREE png Files

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared a couple of video tutorials about how to create rhythm worksheets using two rhythm music fonts and how to create other types of music worksheets using two other music fonts for putting notes on the staff. If you watched either video, you probably saw how wonderfully easy it is to use […]

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Learning Triads & The Happy Birthday Song

To follow up on my post from last week about my last group class (we call them “Piano Parties”), I wanted to share about the other two activities we did. We started with this fun triad worksheet from  This worksheet was a good reinforcement about what they learned from playing their major five-finger patterns, […]

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Are You Attending NCKP 2013?

Are you planning to attend NCKP this summer? (Read why I love about attending conferences such as the NCKP here.) Don’t forget that the deadline for early bird registration is Monday!  You’ll save at least $50 by registering early. I’m all registered and am super excited about attending.  I’d love to meet up with any […]

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Review & Giveaway: PractizPal

A few weeks ago, I received a PractizPal device to review.  There are five wonderful colors to choose from, and I selected “Gershwin Green.” The PractizPal is a clever little gadget designed to help students track their practice time.  It also has a built-in metronome and tuner.  In my mind, there are two reasons why […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Remember that technique is valuable only as a means to an end.  You must first have something to say–something which demands expression from the depths of your soul.  If you feel deeply and know how to express what you feel, you make others feel.” — Amy Cheney Beach (1867-1944) Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom […]

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