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Book Review: “The Practicing Mind” by Thomas M. Sterner

“The Practicing Mind: Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning To Love the Process” is a bestselling book by Thomas M. Sterner that is applicable to non-musicians and musicians alike. The author happens to be a piano technician by trade and in the past held a high-pressure job preparing pianos at a performance venue for visiting concert pianists. The book provides […]

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Book Review: “Playing Beyond the Notes” by Deborah Rambo Sinn

Deborah Rambo Sinn’s Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist’s Guide to Musical Interpretation is a helpful and delightful reference for pianists and piano teachers alike. The book is organized into twelve chapters with titles such as “Boxes and Beams,” “Ornamentation,” “Deconstructing Phrases,” and “Pedaling.” The book systematically addresses common issues and helpful guidelines for performance practice […]

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Book Review: “The Ways Children Learn Music” by Eric Bluestine

The Ways Children Learn Music is a book for music teachers written by Eric Bluestine. As the subtitle indicates, the book is intended to serve as “An introduction and practical guide to Music Learning Theory.”  Music Learning Theory, or MLT, is a set of theories about music learning developed by Dr. Edwin Gordon and others (click […]

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Book Review: “Coffee with Ray” by Nick Ambrosino

I have another review for you today! Over the last six months or so, I’ve made an conscious effort to try to read more books. I regularly read a lot of blogs and online forums, but had somehow gotten away from books. In upcoming weeks, I hope to share reviews about all of the books I’ve read recently. […]

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Review: “Fairyland in Treble” Duet Book

I’m pleased to review a collection of teacher-student piano duets today called Fairyland in Treble by London-based Greek composer Nikolas Sideris. I must first say, the book is gorgeous. The paper is heavy and a lovely creamy color. The cover design, as you can see from the photo here, is beautiful. The typography, layout, and […]

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Book Review: Intelligent Music Teaching by Robert A. Duke

I am excited to post this book review because this is one of the best books I have read in a while. If you are looking for a practical yet research-based book about piano/music pedagogy, get your hands on this book. This is my best book recommendation for any music teacher looking to improve their teaching. Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays […]

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Recommendation: for Basic Graphic Work

Just a quick recommendation today: For basic graphic design work, I highly recommend on website  Using a free account and the huge variety of templates available, you can create graphics for just about anything.  I’ve been using Canva as an inspirational starting point for many of my projects recently (Wednesday Words of Wisdom quotes, […]

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App Review: Petronome

App Review: Petronome for iPhone/iPad (FREE, or pay $0.99 to remove ads and add additional “pets”). Petronome is just what is sounds like: a pet + a metronome. :) It is a fun app to use for rhythm activities with preschoolers or any young beginner student. (Thanks goes to blog reader Elaine for letting me know […]

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iPad App Review: Piano Maestro

App Review: Piano Maestro for *iPad only.*  FREE for teacher accounts and for students who are connected to a teacher account. I’ve been meaning to write this review for a long time.  I wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve already heard all about the Piano Maestro app for iPad! If you are not already familiar with Piano Maestro, here’s how I […]

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Review & Giveaway: Elena Cobb’s “My Piano Trip To London”

A couple of years ago, I reviewed some lovely sheet music by British teacher/composer Elena Cobb (read the review here). She is the author of the Higgledy Piggledy Jazz books, the “Blue River” book of solos, and more. Elena has recently released a new book: a piano method called “My Piano Trip to London.” “My Piano […]

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App Review & Giveaway: Bobclass for Studio Management

Note: As you can tell, this week I’ve been playing catch-up with a few apps I’ve been wanting to share!  Hope you don’t mind all of the reviews/giveaways this week.  :) Bobclass ($19.99) — iPad only. I’m so excited to share my review of this studio management app with you today!  Let me begin by sharing Bobclass’ description: […]

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App Review & Giveaway: Music Flash Class

Music Flash Class ($3.99) — for iPhone/iPad. Music Flash Class is an app developed by a piano teacher Henry Flurry.  It has been around for a couple of years now, but an update for iOS 8 was recently released.  The new layout looks good! Music Flash Class is an interactive note identification app.  The settings […]

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