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Piano Lesson Fun with “The Office” Theme Song

I just have to share this fun, spontaneous moment from a piano lesson yesterday. Check out this video: My student surprised me by showing me that he had learned to play The Office theme song. I, in turn, surprised him by pulling out my melodica. :) I’ve been waiting a long time to be able […]

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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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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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2017 Blogiversary Sale

Greetings! You haven’t heard from me in quite awhile. Life sometimes throws curve balls, and I’ve put blogging aside for a little while. I hope to be back in the swing of things soon. But, in the meantime, I couldn’t let my blogging anniversary slip by without notice. It’s been 8 years today. Can you believe it!? […]

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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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