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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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Group Class Ventures with Music Learning Theory (MLT)

Since taking the Piano Certification Course through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) last August, I have been slowly but surely working towards integrating Music Learning Theory (MLT) principles into my teaching approach. Much of this integration is subtle at this point and yet, it is having a definite impact on my students. I’ve also had […]

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2017 Blogiversary Sale Ends Friday

Just a friendly notice: Friday, March 31, 2017 is the last day of this year’s Blogiversary sale. If you use the promo code 2017SALE when you check out, you will receive 20% off all items in my shop. Perhaps you’ll find something fun in my shop for your lessons or for your summer camps. Thanks for […]

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Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom

“Play is the highest form of research.” –Albert Einstein

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MTNA 2017 (5): Wednesday, March 22

[Click here to go back to Day 4.] 8:00am The More the Merrier: Creating Collaborative Experiences for Students of All Ages, by Sarah Alexander, Whitney Hawker, and Spring Seals.  Sarah, Whitney, and Spring presented an informative session about simple ways to incorporate collaborative experiences into the piano lesson experience, from using duets for sight-reading or […]

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MTNA 2017 (4): Tuesday, March 21

[Click here to go back to Day 3.] 8:00am Showcase: Willis Music Company: Happy Birthday Mr. Gillock! The Willis Piano Music showcase session celebrated the music of composer William Gillock and highlighted some new publications. One of the books I found interesting was the Accent on Two Pianos for 2 pianos, 4 hands, by William […]

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MTNA 2017 (3): Monday, March 20

[Click here to go back to Day 2.] 8:00am Faber Piano Adventures: The Power Of Technique & Artistry, by Randall Faber. The Piano Adventures showcase session was excellent as always. Randy covered some new publications and helpful thoughts about teaching technique. Attendees received a free copy of Hanon-Faber: The New Virtuoso Pianist, the Adult Piano […]

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MTNA 2017 (2): Sunday, March 19

[Click here to go back to Day 1.] 9:15am NEW Pedagogy Pics: Video Clips of Students Caught In The Act of Being Themselves, by Bruce Berr. Bruce Berr (well-known for his wonderful column in the American Music Teacher magazine — an MTNA publication for its members) has been video recording his lessons for the past […]

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MTNA 2017 (1): Pedagogy Saturday

Attending the 2017 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conference in Baltimore was a fantastic experience. I look forward to sharing more details with you over the next few blog posts. My friend Amy Chaplin (of PianoPantry.com) and I decided to carpool and make it a roadtrip to the conference. She drove from her home in Indiana to my home in Ohio, […]

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MTNA 2017: App-Laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons

It was an honor to have the opportunity to present a session at the 2017 MTNA conference this year! My topic was App-Laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons. In my session, I addressed the responsible and effective incorporation of technology before launching into a demonstration of a variety of apps for music lessons. If […]

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MTNA 2017, Here I Come!

Baltimore, here I come! I am so excited to be traveling to the 2017 MTNA National Conference, taking place in Baltimore from March 18-22. This year, I’m roadtripping there with my friend Amy Chaplin, of Bluffton, Indiana. I’m sure I’ll be blogging about the conference, but you might also be interested in following more real-time photographic documentation […]

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March 2017 Presentations: Method Mining

Yesterday in Lima, Ohio; today was in Findlay, Ohio… I presented for piano teachers on “Method Mining: Uncovering Nuggets of Wisdom in Old Piano Methods.” See those piles of books? I don’t travel light for this workshop. :) I love doing this sort of thing. And this kind of informal presentation is especially special — where we […]

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