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Virtual Recital

​It is recital preparation time again at the studio and this year we are doing a "virtual rectial." Students will prepare their pieces and projects as usual. Then at their first few lessons of April we will have a recording session. Their videoed performance will be posted up somewhere (possibly YouTube or on our website) and their families and fellow students will be able to view their performances!

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New Project Ideas

​About 3 years ago Ellie and I started to include a "Projects" portion in the recital.  This would include any creative thing done by the student - arranging a song, composing a song, improvising a song, making a Garage Band original composition, arrangement of a song, etc.  This year there are some new creative ideas from some of my percussion players I would like to share with you.

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Memorization Mishaps

This is my second installment of things that happen in performances.  It is a short list of some memorization snafus that have happened to some of our students in recitals.

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Music Down!

​Well Ellie and I are starting to share some performance stories as we get our students ready for recital.  Here one of my own stories.  I am in 7th or 8th grade and already have been doing accompanying for church and school choirs.  My older brother asked me to accompany him for a vocal solo in state contest.  I said "sure!"  And here is what happened.

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A Funny Thing Happened...

​As Elizabeth and I get our students ready for recitals, we got to chatting about unexpected or unusual things that can happen in a performance situation.  ​I studied piano with Bette Wortman after my children were both in school and I want to share an interesting story with you that she told me.

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Back Into Fall!

​Well today is the first day back to teaching after letting the students have a few weeks off!  Let's see if I am ready for it...

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Summer Wrap Up

​I have really enjoyed the summer of teaching, camping, house renovations, and relaxing in my hammock! 


To find out what my students have been up to over the summer, continue reading:

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Recital Performances - Round 1!

​Well as per usual despite my best attempts I entered a state of hibernation from about March-April.  Being an introvert I gather strength from alone time where I can have my reflection and deep thoughts.  It is especially important for me to do this around recital time so I can save up all my energy to organize all 4 recitals over our 2 weekends of performances, as well as encourage students for their final push, bring parents on board if need be, and just get as much recital information in my brain as possible!

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Recital Preparation 2016

We are at the halfway mark for recital preparation!  Many of the students are right on track and have their songs right where they need to be.  A few students need a little bit of catch-up, so I will bring in the parental support for some extra encouragement at home!  I am also really excited about how our project portion of the recital is turning out - Garage Band, Improvising, Composing, and Arranging.

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The Importance of Students Taking Ownership

Learning music is a personal journey.  Each student has their own moment when they realize that the music lessons are something important to them - it is then that they start to take ownership of their lessons.  Then the parents can sit back and enjoy watching and listening to the student grow as a musician.

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