Playdough Articulations

I had one of those “aha” moments in the middle of a lesson tonight.   One of my middle school students is working on a jazz piece for our upcoming studio recital. She’s got the notes and rhythms down, but her playing tonight lacked excitement.  She was playing it “safe” by keeping her hands close to the keys, which limited her range of articulation and … Continue reading

Legato & Staccato: In the Sand!

I love to find ways to turn musical concepts into hands-on experiences for my students.   Recently, I’ve had a number of students learning about legato and staccato, so re-purposed this old waiting room toy into a teaching aid: This is a desktop sand garden that was given to me several years ago.   I removed all the rocks, and leveled the sand to turn … Continue reading