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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 4/4

[Click to view Day 1, Day 2, or Day 3.] On our final day of camp, students reviewed the drafts of their composition that I had updated and printed from Finale the previous evening. We made small tweaks and reprinted as needed. Students took turns using the piano and keyboard to practice their compositions, so that they could perform them […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 3/4

[Click to view Day 1 or Day 2.] The goal for Day 3 was to have our compositions basically finished by the end of the day. With that in mind, we spent time discussing form (AB, ABA, through-composed, etc.) as well as various aspects of proper music notation. My cat, Coda, loves to help my students with […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 2/4

[Click here for Day 1.] On Day 2 of our composing camp, our goal was to get a good amount of our pieces composed and written down by the end of the day. We used the piano or keyboard to improvise until we found music we liked. Then, we started writing it down on staff […]

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2016 Composition Summer Camp: Day 1/4

As mentioned previously, this week is the week: it’s composition camp for my students and me! So, You Want To Be A Composer? June 13-16, M-Th from 10am-noon Throughout this camp, students will experience the joy of creation while composing their own music: from the energy of the initial creative urge, following the path of […]

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On Establishing A Daily Habit (Practicing the Piano or Otherwise)

For a long time, I have identified myself as someone who is terrible at remembering to take my daily multivitamin pill. I wanted to do better. I believe in the benefits of taking multivitamins, and I wanted to take them daily. I was motivated, but I just couldn’t seem to do it each morning. So, I started experimenting […]

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Check Out Composer Sara Tomlinson’s Music

Good day! Today, I am so happy for my friend, Sara Tomlinson, who recently was accepted into Jennifer Eklund’s Composer Community through PianoPronto.com. Please take a moment to listen to Sara’s piece “Paper Airplane” via the video below. Paper Airplane is a flowing, intermediate-level piece in the key of Eb. You can preview the digital sheet music […]

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Free: Editable Form for Summer Lesson and Music Camps Selection

Today, I thought I’d share the form I have been handing out to my students for the past couple of years in order to present summertime camp/lesson options. The top of the handout presents the music camp descriptions and dates/times. At the bottom, there is a form where students can make their selection regarding the summer camps and lessons. I […]

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My 2016 Summer Camp Offerings

The weather is warming, and summertime is practically here! I don’t know about you, but I’m gearing up to offer a couple of music camps this summer.   I first offered a composing camp to my students back in 2012 and have decided it is time to offer something similar this summer. I plan to use […]

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2016 Studio Recital

My studio recital this year was held in March, but I’m blogging about it today! I have lots of pictures to share. In this photo, I’m welcoming the audience to our 2016 Studio Recital. Our venue this year was the historic Pemberville Opera House. It is so beautiful inside, and they have a wonderful piano.

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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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Video: Playing the Ice Cream Interval Game

During a recent lesson, I used my Ice Cream Interval Game — one of my favorite games for piano teaching — to reinforce and improve my student’s visual recognition of the intervals unison, second, third, fourth, and fifth in staff notation. Today, I thought I’d share a three-minute video clip of the activity. Here is what you’ll see in the video: […]

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My Favorite Sheet Music Solos for Piano Students

For our annual Spring Recital, I maintain a tradition of letting my piano students choose their own special piece to memorize and perform. In December or January, I restock my library of sheet music solos at all the various levels, so that I can demonstrate 3-4 pieces for each student to choose from. I’ve started to […]

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