I wish to post videos intended to help parents support their children’s practice. In the beginning, it is difficult for young children to remember everything they learned at their piano lesson. Often they will have questions about hand position, counting, and general terminology that appears in their music. I hope these videos will be helpful … Read the rest
The playfulness of imagination opens us up and can put our minds and bodies at ease. We can become more receptive as we engage our imaginations with fantasy, delight and possibility.
My young piano student Ben was contemplating the often confusing 1st and 2nd endings we find in music. For those who are not familiar … Read the rest
[fb_button]I have a young student who is quite capable for his age. 7 year old Ben is enthusiastic to learn the classics and he practices well. However, when beginning a new piece and confronting the challenges of new reading, I noticed he becomes a bit distant and disengaged. During our last piano lesson I asked … Read the rest
[fb_button]My teacher Madeline Bruser taught me an exercise called the Performing Beyond Fear Exercise. It is a contemplation of (1) our lineage: the people, music, experiences that inspired us to want to become the musicians we are, (2) our own efforts and hard work, and (3) our audience.
Recently I was doing the exercise and … Read the rest
The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by my teacher Madeline Bruser. Anyone who wishes to break through to a new level of playing should read this book. Madeline speaks to all of us as she untangles the sometimes confusing and frustrating path of making music that comes from the … Read the rest
Tenuto $3.99 I like to use apps in the piano studio and find my students enjoy their piano lessons more when there is a variety of activities. These apps also give students a fun way to challenge themselves away from the piano and at their own pace.
I’ve just purchased Tenuto and it’s a wonderful … Read the rest
As a piano teacher, I often reflect on the courage it takes to be a musician. Whether we are learning a challenging piece of music, performing from memory, or making time in our busy schedules to pursue music lessons, it takes courage to accomplish our goals. I see this every day in the piano studio, … Read the rest
I recently had an amazing experience in the practice room. Not as a teacher, but as a practicing musician. I had been playing a musical passage for several weeks and I was feeling angry and frustrated that I still needed to play it slowly. I began to get very agitated and the thought came to … Read the rest
I’m currently trying out NotateMe, an app I found in the Apple App store. It’s rather nifty and utilizes handwriting recognition to transcribe your finger-drawn or stylus-drawn music into professional notation…… in real time! Now it does take a while for the software to get used to your individual style and it can be frustrating … Read the rest