Monthly Archives: June 2016

Giveaway Winners: Note Rush app

I am pleased to announce the two randomly-chosen winners of the promo code giveaway for the Note Rush app. Rick Irma Khouw Winners, please check your inbox for an email from me. The rest of you — I’d definitely recommend visiting the app store to purchase Note Rush. As I mentioned in my full review, […]

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Review & Giveaway: Note Rush app

Today, I am so excited to introduce to you a brand new app for music teachers called Note Rush. As I have been experimenting with this app during beta testing, I soon discovered just what a useful tool this app is for my students. Note Rush has become my favorite app for piano teaching. Note Rush […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 4/4

[Click to view Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3.] On our final day of camp, students reviewed the drafts of their composition that I had updated and printed from Finale the previous evening. We made small tweaks and reprinted as needed. Students took turns using the piano and keyboard to practice their compositions, so that they could perform them […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 3/4

[Click to view Day 1 or Day 2.] The goal for Day 3 was to have our compositions basically finished by the end of the day. With that in mind, we spent time discussing form (AB, ABA, through-composed, etc.) as well as various aspects of proper music notation. My cat, Coda, loves to help my students with […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 2/4

[Click here for Day 1.] On Day 2 of our composing camp, our goal was to get a good amount of our pieces composed and written down by the end of the day. We used the piano or keyboard to improvise until we found music we liked. Then, we started writing it down on staff […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 1/4

As mentioned previously, this week is the week: it’s composition camp for my students and me! So, You Want To Be A Composer? June 13-16, M-Th from 10am-noon Throughout this camp, students will experience the joy of creation while composing their own music: from the energy of the initial creative urge, following the path of […]

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On Establishing A Daily Habit (Practicing the Piano or Otherwise)

For a long time, I have identified myself as someone who is terrible at remembering to take my daily multivitamin pill. I wanted to do better. I believe in the benefits of taking multivitamins, and I wanted to take them daily. I was motivated, but I just couldn’t seem to do it each morning. So, I started experimenting […]

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Check Out Composer Sara Tomlinson’s Music

Good day! Today, I am so happy for my friend, Sara Tomlinson, who recently was accepted into Jennifer Eklund’s Composer Community through PianoPronto.com. Please take a moment to listen to Sara’s piece “Paper Airplane” via the video below. Paper Airplane is a flowing, intermediate-level piece in the key of Eb. You can preview the digital sheet music […]

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Free: Editable Form for Summer Lesson and Music Camps Selection

Today, I thought I’d share the form I have been handing out to my students for the past couple of years in order to present summertime camp/lesson options. The top of the handout presents the music camp descriptions and dates/times. At the bottom, there is a form where students can make their selection regarding the summer camps and lessons. I […]

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My 2016 Summer Camp Offerings

The weather is warming, and summertime is practically here! I don’t know about you, but I’m gearing up to offer a couple of music camps this summer.   I first offered a composing camp to my students back in 2012 and have decided it is time to offer something similar this summer. I plan to use […]

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