Halloween Resource Round-Up

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Looking for some fun Halloween-themed games and activities to use with your students this month?   Here’s a quick reference guide to all of the Halloween resources and game ideas available on Pianimation.com.  Enjoy! Games Pumpkin Patch Steps & SkipsTurn your studio floor or floor staff into a giant-sized step and skip game Build-A-Skeleton Interval Challenge A Halloween-themed game to play with interval flashcards Major-Minor Dash … 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

Studio Moving Sale

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A wonderful friend and teaching colleague of mine is preparing for an upcoming move and downsizing her piano studio.  She’s planning a big moving sale for this weekend, and for any of you who aren’t in the Kansas City area, an internet “garage” sale.   If you need some new music for your library, this is a great chance to take advantage of some garage … Continue reading

Book Review: New Music from Glenda Austin

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I first became acquainted with the music of Glenda Austin through our local association’s annual Multi-Piano concerts.  We’ve featured several of her compositions and arrangements over the years, including one of my all-time favorite duet pieces, Valse Elegante. Her duets are always a hit with my students – most of them sound much harder than they really are! I was delighted to learn about a … Continue reading

DIY Sheet Music

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Has anyone met a piano student who doesn’t LOVE sheet music?   There’s something especially exciting and motivating about the stuff.  My students love to play it… and some of them also love to MAKE it. During summer lessons, I make an extra effort to encourage creative projects in my studio.  Many students opt to compose a piece or two (or three…).  Once they’re satisfied … Continue reading

Duet Favorites

Another year… another success!  We wrapped up our local association’s Multi-Piano concerts this past weekend, and I promised last week I’d share some of my favorite repertoire from this year and past years.  I actually decided to just put together a list by level of some of my all-time duet favorites.  Most of these were originally programmed on Multi-Piano concerts; over time I’ve built up … Continue reading

Book Review: The Color Series

Anyone who teaches picky teenage students will be excited to learn about a fresh new series of books by composer Dror Perl.    The Color Book Series contains three books: Red, Blue and Purple.   Each contains a collection of original pieces:  the Red and Purple books feature jazz, blues and funk styles, and the Blue book features modern sounding piano solos, described by the composer as … Continue reading

Free Sacred Piano Solos

I was in need of a little creative retreat this weekend after a LOT of hours of office time this week, so spent an afternoon at the piano re-working a handful of sacred hymn arrangements.   The new files are posted in the free sheet music section on my website. All of the arrangements are written at an early advanced level. Preview recordings of the … Continue reading