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March 3, 2015

As pianists, we often program recitals. We decide upon the order of selections, make a program, make program notes.  This process can be exciting! Why not give our students the same opportunity?


Recently, I glanced at my young student’s long list of review pieces on her assignment sheet. When pieces...

December 21, 2014

Recently, I asked myself this question:  “Did it really matter?” At the time, I was going through some old papers and came across a lesson plan that I had typed out for a student, Jennifer.  It was very detailed, and likely took several minutes to compose.  I don’t know where Jennifer is now.  I did...

October 28, 2014

 “Teachers tend to do what is comfortable.  Thus, they tend to teach others as if they were like themselves.  Yet, what may be natural for one person, may be devastating for another.”

– Keith Golay

I believe that Keith Golay’s statement could be the inspiration for a blog post every week, for at...

October 22, 2014

‘Twas a late Friday night,

My student was weary,

his eyes glazing over

when faced with a query:

“How can we make these

practice steps stick?

Memorable images?

What is the trick?”

“Aha!” I exclaimed,

as his eyes twinkled a bit,

“Halloween practice steps…

That should do it!”


Technically, the title should read:...

September 24, 2014

“(I hope) everybody would begin to grasp this notion that it’s the child first, music second, and only third is the piano.”

– Louise Goss

The student comes first.  Simple enough? Then, why is it so difficult at times to practice this philosophy? What does this quote mean?  In a recent faculty meeting...

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