I am very passionate about bringing the joy of music into the lives of the children and adults that I work with. I have been teaching for 50+ years and I hope to continue for a long time.

Using the Metronome - Eye of the Tiger

​Here is an excerpt from a practice video I made for one of my students.

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Zoom Lesson Example

​Here are some clips of things I would be doing in a Zoom lesson.  (Zoom is a video conferencing app like Skype)

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Using Melody Patterns in Composition

​This is a lovely composition idea one of my students created by using a repeating melody pattern.

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The Importance of Finger Numbers

​Choosing the right finger numbers for the student and the notes is important.  Here is an example from the other day with one of my students.

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Electronic Song

​Here is a song one of my students created.  He created all the parts of this song by playing them in on the keyboard - no pre-set patterns!

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Practice Strategy - Chaining

There are several ways of getting your recital piece to the finished, "Ready to Perform" stage. Our students have one month and one day to get to this point. So that is why I thought this would be a good topic for the March blog.

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The Importance of Learning Different Styles of Music

If you look in Wikipedia for the different styles of music, there are hundreds upon hundreds. In preparing to write this blog I was searching for reasons to have my students study Baroque, Classical, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Popular and others.

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Thy Strong Word

Here is an arrangement by one of my students in my chimes group at church.  He arranged the hymn "Thy Strong Word" for the chimes and we played it a few months ago.

Click here to go to the ScoreCloud site and see the music and listen to the arrangement.

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The "Real" Scoop on Memorizing

My students are beginning to prepare for the upcoming Spring recital and their pieces need to be memorized. I am using the "real" and best way to memorize music so that they won't get that brain freeze in the middle of their pieces. The "real" way to memorize a piece so that you will never ever forget it is to be able to take a blank piece of staff paper and write the entire piece out from memory.

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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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Our Favorite Composers/Books

  • John Williams
    John Williams has been composing music for movies for such a long time! Many of the students enjoy playing the music from "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," two of his most loved musical scores.
  • Frederic Chopin
    Chopin is Elizabeth's favorite composer for the piano. In fact, he composed ONLY for the piano. It is no wonder many of her more advanced students enjoy playing his music also!
  • Melody Bober
    Melody Bober is such a popular composer with our students! We think it is because she is from Minnesota. So she knows what Minnesotans like in their music!
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