This is Your Brain… on Music! (Part 2)

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I promised last week when I posted my new studio incentive program for the coming school year that I’d share more about the resources that I’m using for all of the different elements on our syllabus this year.    Here’s a look at some of the things we’ll be doing to get our brains hooked on music!   General Syllabus Objectives Both this year’s “This is … Continue reading

This is Your Brain… on Music! (Part 1)

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The countdown to the new school year has begun…   Judging from the crowd at the teacher supply store last week, I’m not the only one who has kicked into planning mode for the year!  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks cleaning and organizing my studio and prepping student materials – including putting the finishing touches on materials for a new studio incentive program. … Continue reading

New Sightreading Resources

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I’ve been enjoying teaching several new beginning students this summer.   When you mix the enthusiasm that comes at the start of lessons with all of the free time students have to practice over the summer months, it’s a recipe for success!!   Here’s a set of fun and colorful sightreading cards I made to use with my beginners this summer.   These cards drill … Continue reading

And the winner is….

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Brenda P!  Congratulations, Brenda!   You’ll receive a separate email shortly with information on how to download your free copy of Spirit of ’76.    If you didn’t win, this fantastic little summer solo is still definitely worth a look.  Head over to Alberti Publishing’s website to check out a sample page and pick up your own copy. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th … Continue reading

Review: Spirit of ’76 (A Patriotic March for Solo Piano)

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Happy (early) 4th of July to all of my American colleagues!    I’m happy to admit that I started my holiday celebrations a bit early this year – I spent the past weekend enjoying family, tasty BBQ and fresh watermelon.   I also had the opportunity to play through a delightful new patriotic solo by composer Betty Lea Martocchio that’s hot off the presses and perfect for … Continue reading