Recital 2020 Performances!!

Recital 2019 Performances

I began teaching music lessons in September of 2001, and I have grown so much as a musician and teacher since then. Sharing the joy of music with my students makes my day each and every day!

Imagine Fixing a Mistake!

There are some times when a student is working on fixing a mistake and things just don't seem to be going anywhere.  Here are a few reasons that this may happen.

1.  The student stops imagining the corrected sound or feel once they start playing, and just reverts back to the mistake

2.  The student does not have the precise imagination of sound or physical feeling in their mind that will make it possible to correct the mistake while they are playing

3.  The student has not found the proper thing to imagine (the sound of a steady beat, a different feeling in the rhythm of their hands, etc.) that will correct the mistake

Most students can get back on track with a reminder to do #1.  Sometimes #2 is simply a matter of the student paying more attention to the correction task.  And #3 is most typical if the student is trying something new and/or has not thought through exactly what it is about the music they are trying correct.  Once a student becomes more aware of how their mind is working while fixing a mistake, they can start using these solutions in their practice time.


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This Is Me

​I had such a fun time arranging this great song from "The Greatest Showman" that I just had to share it!  This is one of those rare times where I am not arranging for a student, but just for fun.

Artist Name - ThisIsMe.mp3
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Vulse

​This app is a guitar processing app that is just so amazing and fun!  It is for Apple devices only.  It works best on an iPod or iPhone that is attached to the guitar so that you can control the touch effects while you are playing!  There are even some settings you can use for effects that are triggered by movements of the guitar.  The website gives you an excellent overview of the app and what you need to use it with your guitar!

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It Takes Time

​Many students have experienced unhelpful practicing, or as I like to call it "unpracticing."  For most students, the only change they need to make is to just slow down.  Slowing down can mean:

1.  Taking a break from playing to think about their practice goal

2.  Choosing a slower tempo so their mind can work on everything it needs to

3.  Calming their mind so they can focus on the practice task

So much practice frustration melts away when the student is aware of these ways of slowing down!  Realizing that things take whatever time they need to take is an important awareness not only for practicing, but for many other things in life.

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OWCA Files (Garage Band Project)

​Here is a Garage Band project a student of mine did over the summer.  It is a fun and catchy song from the cartoon Phineas and Ferb.

Artist Name - O.W.C.A Files.m4a
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Tonebridge

Tonebridge is a collection of guitar effects used in specific songs and is available for iPad and Android devices.  With a Guitar Connect Pro (or other similar device) you can plug your guitar directly into your device and play with those effects.  Then you can look up the tab via Ultimate Guitar, and you can even have a YouTube video going in the corner and play with the artist.  SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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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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William Tell Overture

​Here is a wonderful recording of one of my guitar students playing her recital piece - William Tell Overture!

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U Better Sing!

U Better Sing! is a really neat sight-singing app trainer.  It is challenging enough for any singer to get something out of it, but accessible enough for younger students to enjoy.  I don't typically teach voice, but one of my students is really motivated by singing, so we have been doing some voice lessons for the past 6 months.  

This app is great.  It uses a fun cartoon environment to teach the basics of solfege singing.  The students earn and unlock new levels.  There is a microphone input so the app can tell if you are matching pitch.  There are also listening clips to make sure the student can hear what the notes will sounds like.

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La Villageoise - Rameau

Jean Philippe Rameau was a French composer who wrote music for harpsichord and voice.  This piece comes from his harpsichord works.  The style is termed "Baroque" and is characterized by the ornaments such as trills (the quick notes moving back and forth).  It is a fun song to play and would be a delight to play on a harpsichord as there is a different touch and feel that would complement the piece greatly.

Artist Name - DV-2018-01-04-105335.mp3
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