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Pictured here is one of my students practicing in his home. One of the things which has helped my students progress more quickly is that I ask them to send me short videos of pieces or technic items they are...
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An updated version of Bastien Flashcards has just been released and is giving my students a lot of great practice on note learning! I really love this new version because it has several levels available to practice recognizing individual notes....
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The Music Teacher's Association of California's Certificate of Merit program will be held in San Diego in late March this year. I like this event because it encompasses all aspects of musicality: performance, sight reading, ear training, theory and technic....
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Curiosity, about the pedals, about how a piano makes sound, about music books around my studio...talking with my students and answering their questions is a simple yet very broad way to foster their love of music. Listening to students' questions...
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Middle and high school students are a little harder to motivate when it comes to counting! Especially when it comes to counting aloud. Again, I have very little trouble getting my students to count who started with me as beginners...
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This past week I have been quizzing all of my students on recognizing notes and key signatures using Bastien Music Flashcards.I have been timing my students to see how quickly they know these sets of cards: 24 line and space...
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I love how it feels to return to a regular teaching schedule in the fall. I have taught one full week now and am reminded of the things I like best about this job. I am engaged! It is impossible...
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Only a few weeks left of summer. I have read a lot of great books this summer but here are my favorites: Shotgun Love songs, by Nikolas Butler The Price of Inheritance, by Karin Tanabe Fun, easy, page turning novels...
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I have often heard it said that one of the best perks for any teacher are the months of June, July and August. I am beginning to agree. I have had open ended summers for all of my life and...
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