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October 3, 2017

I don't do much collecting.  In earlier days I could not throw away a lovely special issue stamp, but that has long since lost its interest. 

However, I do collect two things:

         baseball caps 

         coffee mugs...

August 10, 2014

In order to gain something, there are times when you have to let go of something. The question is, why is it so hard to let go? I think that, simply, it is because we are holding on tight.

Piano teachers are an interesting group. We see students in a largely one-on-one setting, and for most of these...

June 3, 2014

“We must be sure they really understand.  If we say ‘do you understand?’ and the student is almost playing correctly, then he DOES understand.  He understands how to ALMOST do it.”
– Frances Clark

Jyoti Hench’s excellent essay addresses the second part of the quote.  Today, I’d like to address t...

February 28, 2014

Many teachers are absolute sticklers for proper fingering in triads and inversions. I am one of these teachers. Witnessing an incorrect fingering creates an unreasonable anxiety, quite possibly out of proportion with the fingering infraction. Knowing this about myself, and less selfishly, knowing th...

February 27, 2014

“Successful teaching at the early levels means three stages: Preparation, Presentation, and Reinforcement “ – Marvin Blickenstaff

Below is a list of  phrases or activities that might be seen or heard in a lesson.  See if you can decide which item belongs in each of these three categories:  Preparatio...

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February 13, 2018

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