Monthly Archives: January 2014

Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Every great work of art has two faces: one toward its own time, and one toward the future, toward eternity.” — Daniel Barenboim 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 […]

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Upcoming February Fun

Guess what!  February 28 marks the 5 year anniversary of this blog.  How awesome is that?! In celebration of the upcoming blogiversary, I wanted to announce that I will be holding a sale for the month of February: 20% off the items in the shop (ends February 28, 2014)!  Stay tuned for the details.  Perhaps you […]

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Chair for Piano Teaching

Since moving to my current town, I have been using a hard wooden chair (a $5 find at Goodwill) when I teach piano lessons. Two-and-a-half-years later, I decided it was high time I bought something more comfortable.  On wheels.  And less creaky.  :) The space next to the piano is tight, so I knew I […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Playing lifts you out of yourself into a delirious place.” — Jacqueline du Pré 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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Duet Recommendations for Sight-Reading

Yesterday’s blog post described the benefits of using duets in the lesson for improving sight-reading.  Today, I have a few recommendations for books that work well for this purpose. “Improve Your Sight-Reading! Duets” by Paul Harris These books are gold, I tell you!  I found these books when they were featured on the “New Items” […]

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Using Duets to Improve Sight-Reading

Most of the time, my students get plenty of practice sight-reading just from trying out their new pieces each week during their lessons.  If necessary, I will have students purchase a dedicated sight-reading book.  However, my favorite way to improve sight-reading with students is through frequent duet sight-reading together.   At each lesson with students […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“I think it’s beautiful to practice.  I love to practice.” — Claudio Arrau, pianist 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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In Snowy Weather…Teaching Via FaceTime/Skype

This is what it looks like outside our house today: Much of the U.S. is currently experiencing a “polar vortex.”  Here in Ohio, there is around 8 inches of snow on the ground and the wind chill has been around -35 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime.  Local schools and universities have cancelled classes yesterday and […]

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Using YouTube During Group Classes

At my monthly group classes (we call them “Piano Parties”), I like to begin the class by showing an inspiring or humorous video on YouTube.  In the past, I’ve shown: The Piano Guys Anderson & Roe Jarrod Radnich Famous pianists, like Horowitz or Martha Argerich Piano prodigies such as George Li Last Saturday, I showed […]

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New Year’s Thoughts for Piano Teachers

I am not usually a person to make New Year’s resolutions, but for me the New Year is definitely a time of reflection on the past year and future. Looking Back Here are some big things that happened in 2013 that I’m especially thankful for: I’m thankful for a full studio of 35 students!  It […]

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