Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sheet Music Review: Madge’s Notebook by Rebekah Maxner

This summer, Canadian composer Rebekah Maxner has released a new book, “Madge’s Notebook: A Piano Tribute to The Hunger Games.”  When Rebekah emailed me to ask if I’d be willing to review her book, I told her I wasn’t sure if she would want me to review it since I have not yet read the […]

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New Collaborative Project: Repertoire Lists for Piano Teachers

There are a number of really wonderful facebook groups for piano teachers (the Art of Piano Pedagogy and Professional Piano Teachers come to mind).  These groups are a great place to share ideas with other teachers and ask questions. In particular, I have observed a number of threads asking for repertoire suggestions for a particular […]

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Review: Halloween Sheet Music from Wendy Stevens

Wendy Stevens from ComposeCreate.com has some published great new Halloween pieces through Willis Music that you may want to consider for your students this Fall, especially if you are holding a Halloween recital this year. I don’t know about your students, but my students love pieces where they can tap, knock, snap, etc. during pieces. […]

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Photos from Happy Lapbookers

A blog reader kindly sent me these photos of her students completing Bach & Mozart lapbooks as part of a music camp this summer! These students look like they had a blast! They also played a “Name That Tune” game that turned into a musical hats game.  I can see that the students loved all […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts — such is the duty of the artist.” — Robert Schumann 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. […]

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New in Shop: Eras of Music History Kit

Remember when I gave a sneak peek at these music history booklets last month?  Well, I’m pleased to announce that the Eras of Music History Kit has just been added to the Shop!  The kit contains a variety of printable pdf’s for studying the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern Eras of Western music history. The four […]

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App Review: Treble Cat & Bass Cat

Treble Cat & Bass Cat ($2.99 each for the iPhone versions and $3.99 each for the HD iPad versions) These two apps are excellent for students to practice identifying notes on the staff.  It is a great pair of apps to recommend to parents/students to use at home.   I love how simple the concept of the game […]

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Giveaway Winners: SightReadMinor app for iPad

I have two exciting bits of news to share today! First, I’m proud to announce that the Music of the World camp curriculum is now available for purchase in the Shop!  The cost is $40 — which is a steal, I should add.  ;)  The camp is perfect for current private students, but is also […]

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2013 Music of the World Camp Details

Good news!  The Music of the World Camp curriculum is ALMOST ready to be listed in the Shop.  :)  I’ll keep you updated.  Update: The Music of the World camp curriculum is now available for purchase in the Shop!  View the description page here. As I alluded in my previous post, I used lapbooking as […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Tell me, I forget; Show me, I remember; Involve me, I understand.” — Carl Orff 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 […]

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Studio Business — Printables Updated for 2013-14

I have just finished updating two of the studio business forms from the Printables page. The first one is the Record of Lesson Attendance & Payment pdf — I have updated the dates for use for the 2013-2014 school year.  I received a number of requests from teachers to make this form available again this year, […]

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Aug 2013 Giveaway: SightReadMinor app for iPad

Remember my review for the SightReadPlus app for iPad?  Well, here is an update: I’ve been using it here-and-there with students during lessons with great success.  I love being about to choose the key and make the student have to really think about the various key signatures.  As I mentioned in the previous review, I […]

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