Recital 2020 Performances!!

Recital 2019 Performances


Teaching Students the Joy of Music Since 2001

Score Cloud Application

“Like Google Translate for music” ScoreCloud instantly turns your songs into sheet music. As simple as that! Instant Score from MIDI or Audio Arrange and Edit your Score Print, Export and Share Music notation software ideal for musicians, students, teachers, choirs and bands as well as composers and arrangers. Many of my students are using Score Cloud to help them transform their musical thoughts into sheet music. They can create their music on their computer and then see it and hear it on their iPads.

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Finding the Student's Motivation

For many private lesson teachers, finding a student's motivation is one of the most important tasks. It makes everyone's job easier - the student will enjoy things more, the parents will not have to be getting after them to practice, and the teacher will know the student is looking forward to their lessons each week!

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Where did the time go??

Well it has been a while since I have posted! Gearing up for Fall schedule, teaching, 5 weddings (yes that is a lot of weddings in 3 months!), and just life in general has been getting most of my attention for the past few months! Creating a work/life balance is one of my personal goals that I am always working on. Being self-employed makes this an especially challenging task!

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Piano Maestro

Piano Maestro is an app that Ellie introduced me to. It is such fun for the students! It is especially nice for younger beginners to be able to play songs made into a game-like format.

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Keeping Problem Solving Positive

As music teachers we have all experienced the frustration with ourselves and seen the frustration in our students when they're just not "getting it." Even after 15 years of teaching I still have occasional students where none of my bag of tricks will work for them, and I have to go back to the drawing board to find a solution to their problem.

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Getting Ready for Your Lesson

I have been participating in several Teacher Webinars since this past January and I have also had coffee with other private teachers to share teaching ideas.


The one thing that came up more than anything else was having the students make more progress from one lesson to the next. It was concluded that when we explain to a student at a lesson what and how we want them to work on their pieces - often times by the time they actually sit down for their first practice session they have forgotten what we said to them. Of course we write the assignment out in their assignment notebook but many students have confessed to me that they don't read what I write. As frustrating as that is to me, I do appreciate that they are being honest.


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The Benefits of Private Lessons - Individualized Teaching

"There is a massive benefit from being musical that we don’t understand, but it’s individual." - Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University

Ellie and I see these benefits every day in our students! The excitement of learning a new skill, the enjoyment of playing a song, the pride of performing a piece well in a recital, the creativity of composing a piece...the list could go on! It is recognizing the individual experience of each student that we emphasize in our teaching.

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New Composition - Jumping George

Now that Summer is settled in I can continue my student-level composition project!

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Summer Lessons = FUN!!!!!!!!

Well the Summer lessons have begun! Ellie and I are in full swing with new students, Summer band students, fun projects and composing!!

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Navigating the Rough Patches - Teacher Support

This post is part one of this subject of "rough patches" for students. There can be many types of rough patches - practicing, attitude, motivation, enjoyment. Here are some things that I have learned a teacher can do to help get that "spark" back into the lessons.

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