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Can Young Students Learn to Improvise?

Many times, piano lessons are only about finding middle C, learning to count, and hopefully reading notes.  All of these activities are important, but so is the experience of bringing creativity into young musical lives. My goal is to help my students learn to hear, play, read, and write music – just as we do… Continue reading Can Young Students Learn to Improvise?

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Something Fishy is Going On!

Meet George Friderich.  He is the newest addition to my piano studio.  George is named after the famous composer, George Friderich Handel, who lived during the Baroque period of music history.  This past semester, my students learned about George’s life and about other composers and what kinds of music they wrote during that time period.… Continue reading Something Fishy is Going On!

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A Wish Comes True

A little girls’ voice travels from an iphone, through a text message, to a grieving fathers’ heart.  He has given all of his physical, mental, emotional, and financial resources in search of a cure.  He would love to hear that voice again, in person. That is not meant to be. Jaime was a little girl… Continue reading A Wish Comes True

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What Happened When I Set out to Address My Teaching Weaknesses

It’s not easy to face my weakness.  It’s not comfortable to address head on the deficiencies in my students’ learning.  There came a point when I chose to step out of my rut, my status quo, and do something.  That “something” felt scary, and I knew that I needed help from others to begin. In… Continue reading What Happened When I Set out to Address My Teaching Weaknesses

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Rounding out the summer with pop improvisation

Most piano students love popular music, but few know the nuts and bolts of how to play it and enjoy it.  Many of the piano arrangements of pop music are frustrating.  They are either so simplified that they don’t sound like the original, or they are so complex that learning becomes a chore.  My colleagues… Continue reading Rounding out the summer with pop improvisation