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Studio Inspiration from Susan Hong

During the 2016 MTNA conference a few weeks ago, I stayed with my dear friend, Susan Hong. During my visit, I took a few photos of her beautiful studio and she has given me permission to share them with you today! Here is the entry way.

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GIML Training, Here I Come!

I was just notified that my application for an MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant was accepted! This means I get to attend a two-week Piano Certification Course sponsored by the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Boston in August. If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you might know that I am a huge […]

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Monday Broadcast: Christmas Chain Piano Studio Project

Greetings! During today’s live broadcast via Periscope, I shared a little bit about a studio holiday project that I have been doing for the past two years: building a paper chain to decorate the studio, adding a new chain for every holiday piece that students learn. Preparing for this tradition again this year has made […]

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Just a quick note…

For some reason, my blog post of notes for final Day 4 of the 2015 NCKP did not come through for email subscribers yesterday, so I’m posting this little note to let you know that I did indeed publish it and you can read it by clicking here. :) Hope you are having a wonderful […]

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Survey: Interest In A Summer Online Course for Piano Teachers

Greetings! Summer is going to be here before we know it!  I have been spending time lately planning my summer lessons/camps. And guess what:  I have also been contemplating the possibility of offering an online summer course for  piano teachers.  You all know how passionate I am about pedagogy and piano teaching.  And I love […]

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MTNA 2014 (4) — Bruce Berr: Teaching the Emotional Aspects of the Form

Bruce Berr is the author of many well-loved articles featured in the Clavier Companion magazine as well as the American Music Teachers magazine (the magazine for MTNA members). His session described his method of teaching students how to identify form through hearing and studying the emotional elements in musical works. It was fascinating to see […]

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MTNA 2014 (3) — Randall Faber: Ages and Stages: Adventures At All Levels

Sunday morning, I attended a wonderful exhibiter showcase by Randall Faber, co-author with Nancy Faber of the Piano Adventures method. Mr. Faber’s sessions are always wonderfully pedagogical and inspirational, and this one was no different! Randall Faber: Ages and Stages: Adventures At All Levels Mr. Faber began by discussing the “adventure” part of the Piano […]

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MTNA 2014 (2) — Hans Boepple: On Practicing

The next Pedagogy Saturday session was an excellent session by Hans Boepple discussing issues and strategies related to practicing. Below are my notes. The core of our pursuit in music is based on that solo activity called practicing. At the lesson, the teacher should help the student set attainable goals. When students do their homework, […]

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MTNA 2014 (1) — Ingrid Clarfield: From Hot Cross Buns to Les Adieux

MTNA 2014 has been awesome so far! My friend and I took the MegaBus to Chicago on Friday and we attending the option Pedagogy Saturday. I attend mostly sessions from the Technique and Artistry Track. The first session that day was given by the ever-dynamic Ingrid Clarfield! Ingrid Clarfield: From Hot Cross Buns to Les […]

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Piano Recital Program Template #4

On Saturday, my students performed at our annual Spring Recital.  (I know it is not technically Spring yet — just wishful thinking!)  We had a great day and I’m so proud of my students and their hard work. Here is a peek at this year’s recital program:

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Don’t Miss the 2014 MusicEdConnect.com Online Conference

Hello, readers! I just wanted to help spread the word about a new online conference for music educators scheduled for February 5-8, 2014. MusicEdConnect.com has recently announced the lineup of speakers for the sessions and it looks great! Conference registrants can watch the sessions live online or they can check out the videos later, on-demand. […]

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2013 Music History Camp

As I mentioned in a post last week, I held a Music History Camp last week with five of my private students.  Each day, we studied an era of music history (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern) and also focused on a composer from that period. To study the eras, I decided to write a printable […]

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