Category Archives: what I’m up to

2016 Survey So Far

Last week, I sent out a link to a questionnaire in hope of learning a bit more about my readership and the general outlook within the piano teaching profession. So far, I’ve received 109 responses. How exciting! In reading the responses so far, I’m finding that some of my beliefs about our profession are confirmed — but there have […]

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Will you help with my survey?

Hello, friends! I am, as always, looking for more ways to continue updating and improving my online course offered through Piano Teacher Institute with Joy Morin. As I prepare for the next Winter session, I would love to have your thoughts. If you wouldn’t mind taking the time to fill out my questionnaire, your input will help […]

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2016 IndianaMTA Conference

Over the weekend, I attended the Indiana Music Teachers Association‘s annual state conference at Goshen College. I was honored to have the opportunity to give a presentation during their wonderful event. My session was called, Schumann’s Big Bang: The Ever-Expanding Universe of Piano Literature for Children. It was so fun to share my research and discuss […]

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Joy and Amy Talk About Music Learning Theory

Greetings! Back from our Boston trip for GIML training, Amy and I thought it would be fun and constructive to have a conversation to debrief, and at the same time create a video to share, about Music Learning Theory (MLT). Here’s what is covered in our video: 3:00 Who was Edwin Gordon. 9:45 Who is Marilyn Lowe. 13:25 […]

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2016 Studio T-Shirt

Look at what arrived in the mail recently! I love how our T-shirts turned out this year. Since 2012, I’ve ordered studio T-shirts each summer as a gift for my students. It’s a fun way to show appreciation for being a part of my studio and build camaraderie among my students. And it’s good marketing, too. Just for fun, […]

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Join me at the 2016 OhioMTA and IndianaMTA Conferences

Happy Monday! If you live anywhere near Ohio or Indiana, I would love to invite you to join me at a couple of upcoming conferences for music teachers this Fall. First of all, I’m pleased to say that I will be presenting a session during the IndianaMTA state conference, held Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October […]

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Monday: Experiment with Facebook Live Video

Greetings, folks! Just wanted to let you know that on Monday (March 21, 2016), I plan to create a live video using Facebook Live. You won’t want to miss it — I’m going to share about some of my favorite sheet music solos for piano students. To watch, login to Facebook and visit the Color […]

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Celebrating 7 Years of Blogging!

Greetings! Guess what: February 28 marked the seven-year anniversary of Color In My Piano! At this time each year, I like to reflect upon the time that has passed since I started blogging and teaching and recognize how things have grown and changed. I hope, whether you are a longtime or a new follower of Color In My Piano, you […]

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2016 Blogiversary Sale Starting Now

Guess what: next Sunday, February 28, 2016, is the 7-year blogiversary of the Color In My Piano blog. Wahoo! :D In celebration, I am running my annual 20% off sale on everything in my digital shop. The sale will run for a month, starting today, Monday, February 22 through Saturday, March 19, 2016. Please enter this promo code during […]

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Feature in “The Savvy Music Teacher” by David Cutler

This came in the mail yesterday: The Savvy Music Teacher a brand new book that has just been released by Oxford University Press from author David Cutler, author of The Savvy Musician. I was excited to see the mention of my story and my blog’s shop on page 158 after being interviewed by the author a […]

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New: Live Broadcast via Periscope on Monday

Greetings, friends! I’m excited to announce today a brand new experiment — read on. Periscope is a platform (for iOS or Android) that allows users to broadcast a live video feed. Many bloggers and personalities are taking advantage of this relatively new platform to reach out and interact with their followers in a unique way. […]

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Record Wall Art in My Studio

During my two-week break from teaching last month, I finished a project I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now. I initially saw the idea on Pinterest and was thrilled to finally find the materials I needed! It’s wall art created using old 45 records! At a thrift store back home in Michigan, I found […]

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