Monthly Archives: October 2013

Freebie: Piano Finger Bling worksheets

Today, I have a couple of fun freebies for you.  :) First, here is a printable worksheet for beginner piano students.  Their task is to label each hand as RH or LH and then label the finger with the ring as #1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.  My beginners love completing this quick worksheet! As […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“The most valuable result of all education is to make you do the thing that you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.” — Thomas Huxley Every Wednesday brings Words of Wisdom here at the Color in my Piano blog in the form of a musical quote […]

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Book Review: Twelve Magical Musical Masters

“Twelve Magical Musical Masters” is a book containing the stories of twelve well-known classical composers.  Each page features an illustration and a short bio that encourages the reader to press a button to hear the accompanying music. I received a copy of this book for review and am happy to add it to my bookshelf […]

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Database of Pieces in Classical Anthologies for Piano

I recently found out about a great resource by Bobbie Rastall, a piano teacher from Maryland.  Bobbie has an online database that allows teachers to search for a title or composer and see a list of which classical anthologies for students contain that piece of music.  What a great resource! I have already put this […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.” — Giacomo Puccini 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 […]

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App Review: NotateMe

NotateMe (this public beta release is currently half off: $13.99) — for iPad/iPhone (also available for Android). NotateMe is a music notation app that allows users to enter music by finger or using a stylus.  As the notes are drawn, the app interprets your handwriting and creates printed notation.  This technology is impressive! Here is a […]

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Now Available: Composition & Improvisation Prompts for Piano eBook

Last week, I wrote a blog post here describing how I help my students compose their own pieces.  Today, I am officially announcing the release of a new e-book resource called: Composition & Improvisation Prompts for Piano!

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Giveaway Results: MusicEdConnect.com Registration Winner

Just a quick post to announce the randomly selected winner of the giveaway for FREE registration for the 2014 MusicEdConnect.com conference! The winner is comment #29: Vaida!  Please watch your email inbox for an email from Michelle from Keys To Imagination. The rest of you — please remember that you can still register for the […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Find the right gestures, and the phrase will play itself.” — Alfred Cortot 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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Composing in the Piano Lesson with Beginner & Elementary Students

For the past six months, I have been working on a new resource to help piano teachers compose and improvise with their students.  I am going to give you the full scoop on the new resource soon, but I wanted to introduce the resource with this article discussing how composition can be used in the […]

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Music Advocacy and the Independent Music Teacher

Classroom music educators are taught and encouraged to be music advocates, especially when music programs are in danger of being cut due to budget restraints.  Regardless of your stance on the inclusion of music education in public schools, Independent Music Teachers are certainly advocates of music in general, and perhaps also for the rest of […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“I am an adventurer.  I like invention, I like discovery.” — Karlheinz Stockhausen 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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