Monthly Archives: May 2017

2017 Retreat: Schedule Now Posted

Just a quick post today to let you know that the Retreat at Piano Manor schedule has been posted on the retreat website here. By the way: From now on, I’ll be sending registration information to the separate retreat email list instead of here on the blog. So, if you plan to attend, please be sure to join […]

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2017 Retreat | Piano Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom From Method Books.

Hi there! Today, I just wanted to share a little bit more regarding the retreat for piano teachers I’m planning in August 17-19, 2017. The topic our retreat will be centered around is: Piano Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom From Method Books. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE looking through piano method books — both […]

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Game: Which Rhythm Pattern Do You Hear?

Today, I thought I’d share about a quick and fun rhythm game I’ve been using lately with some of my younger students. Game: Which Rhythm Pattern Do You Hear? Choose two animal erasers. The teacher creates two rhythm patterns using these free cards, laying out each one by an animal eraser. The teacher chants one of the […]

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Rhythm Activities with Othello Chips

Since attending Irina Gorin’s summer workshop for piano teachers in 2015, her “Tales of a Musical Journey” has become one of my favorite piano method books to use with beginners. In her book, she uses black circles and white circles to represent simple rhythms in duple meter. (Duple meter is MLT’s term for when the macrobeat [big […]

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Announcing: Piano Teacher Retreat, August 17-19, 2017

Hello, friends! I’m very excited to invite you to attend a retreat for piano teachers taking place at my home studio this summer. Retreat at Piano Manor is a three-day getaway for piano teachers to connect, recharge, share, and learn from each another. During this unique experience, you will have opportunity to contribute and benefit from collective wisdom during group […]

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Printable: Student Ideas for Studio T-Shirt Design

It’s almost time for me to order this year’s studio T-shirts! This year, instead of coming up with the design idea myself, I decided to ask my students for their ideas. So, recently I set up this station in my studio: On the printable you see in the photo, students can draw their own T-shirt idea […]

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Craft Project: Sheet Music Shade for a Hanging Light Bulb Fixture

The new space I’ve moved into had two rooms with bare bulbs as the light fixtures…up until recently. :) I had seen several ideas on Pinterest for making your own light fixture shades using old sheet music, so I decided to try my hand at prettying up those bare, hanging light bulbs. I’m happy with how it turned out. […]

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Setting Up A New Studio Space

This post is a long time coming. I haven’t been as active on my blog so far this year as I usually am, but I’m excited to finally have gotten these photos ready to share. Earlier this year, I moved into a new space. I was looking for something that would allow for a more convenient layout for my studio […]

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