Friday Finds

Smart Keyboard and Repertoire Rules

 

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The Apple Smart Keyboard I use with my 12″ iPad Pro is an absolute dream. It’s slim, sleek, protective, versatile in its setups, and super convenient. It charges off the iPad itself and never has to be plugged in! I would buy it over and over again.

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Elissa Milne’s Repertoire Rules post is one that I have saved and re-read on occasion. Good stuff.

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Friday Finds

Hedgehogs and Hurricane Relief

 

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The difference between brown, green and red lentils.

 

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Nicola has a great way of organizing her piano games using plastic button wallet folders. If you’re looking to organize your games digitally, check out Organizing Piano Games with Evernote.

 

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Piano-playing sisters play to raise money for hurricane relief.  Continue reading

A Simple Money-Saving Tool

Wikibuy

My husband and I both do a lot of online shopping. Amazon Prime, I’ll admit, is arguably our most frequented “store.” It’s just SO CONVENIENT.

While I’ve never been a “couponer,” several months ago, my husband and I started using Wikibuy.

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Friday Finds

Shiny Sinks and a New Podcast

 

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I absolutely love watching Julie Knerr teach and have learned a lot from her about teaching young students over the last 5 years. It’s a lot of work making the videos she does, but what a wonderful contribution to the profession! Here’s her most recent video with a student in their first lesson.

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Part of my nightly routine and kitchen clean-up always include giving the sink a thorough wipe down. I’ve never gone as far as this lady recommends but last week I cleaned my sink step-by-step as per her instructions and wow, it sure turned out shiny! Spraying Windex all over the sink and wiping it completely dry was the step I was missing. I can’t say I’ll be so diligent every night but I do like a clean sink… Continue reading

Friday Finds

PawPaw and Money-Making Tips

 

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British Chef Gordon Ramsay takes a stab at an American-style breakfast. Hash browns, baked eggs, and caramelized bacon. Oh, my.

 

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Deep thoughts on your “ideal piano teacher life” from Joy Morin. Continue reading

Summit for MTNA Leadership

A Class Act

A couple of weekends ago, I made quite a loop-de-loo around Indiana and Ohio. It started out with a 2-hour drive up to Bowling Green Ohio to present with Joy Morin to her local MTA chapter. It was our first time out (and our first session together!), Teaching the Way We Learn: First Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory. We will be presenting the same session for Indiana and Kentucky MTA conferences this Fall. For details visit my speaking page.

After enjoying lunch with several Ohio teachers and one of Joy’s adult students who came to the session, I made the 3-hour trek down I-75 to Cincinnati where I attended my first Summit for MTNA Leadership.

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Friday Finds

A Musical Highway and Brain Surgery

 

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Absolutely fascinating. This Music Teacher Played His Saxophone While In Brain Surgery.

 

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A great organizational tip from Jennifer Foxx on organizing your iPad.

 

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PepperMate. My pepper grinder of choice for years now. I love how the removable clear bottom cup conveniently catches fresh pepper grinds which allow you easily to grid and measure for recipes. It’s also Ina Garten’s pepper grinder of choice! (We’re tight, me and Ina 😉

 

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Using Bullet Journaling in your studio.The View From My Studio

 

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11 Ways to Involve Parents in Lessons.

 

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7 Self-Care Rituals That Take 15 Minutes or Less.

 

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A musical highway. This is SO on my bucket list. Has anyone been? Too bad I didn’t know about this when I went to my first MTNA Conference (2010 was in Albuquerque!)

 

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Recipes that made it into our bellies the past couple of week included Mushroom Casserole, Roasted Root Vegetable, Feta, Spinach Salad, and a simple pulled pork. (Note: for the pork, I find 8-12 oz. rather than the 32 oz. of stock is plenty, you can also skip the BBQ sauce recipe and use store-bought or keep it really simple – none at all).

 

Friday Finds

Emoji Stickers and Happy Little Trees

 

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A short but sweet piano teacher musing. | Happy Little Trees

 

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A warm dish to pull you into fall. | Mushroom Casserole

 

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Sara Campbell has a blog post series coming up sharing how she did “Piano Clubs” this summer. Check out the first post here.

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Retreat at Piano Manor

Food, Photos, and Recipes

Several weeks ago, I was lucky to get to participate in playing hostess to a wonderful group of piano teachers during Joy Morin’s Piano Teacher Retreat, “Retreat at Piano Manor, where I got to play the role of foodie/caterer!

I thought it would be fun to share the weekend with you from my perspective including meals and recipes I used (links to those available online).

 

Keepin’ it Healthy

Knowing that we had a gluten-free guest, I decided it was easier to keep that in mind for the whole shebang. Needless to say, I think we ate pretty healthy! Now THAT’S the kind of grocery cart I could aspire to every week. Color and real food.


(Two) Breakfasts Included

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Raspberry Orange Almond Muffins with Sprouted  Wheat Flour

Maple Candied Bacon

Honey Vanilla Yogurt

Fresh fruit

Scrambled eggs

Unfortunately, I missed getting photos of my breakfast tables!


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Descriptive and Imaginative

A review of music by Lynette Sawatsky (and a free download offer)

Today I want to share with you a review of the music of Canadian teacher, composer, and adjudicator Lynette Sawatsky. She has quite a few collections available, but I’ll be focusing on Seasons Change and Once Upon a Time.

 

Once Upon a Time

 

One of the things I like most about the Once Upon a Time collection is Lynette’s attention to connecting the music to the imagination. She encourages the student to paint a picture in their mind of the piece and the story it is conveying.

For example, in the piece “Spicy Burrito,” she makes the connection between spicing up our snacks or mealtime with different flavors and textures and encouraging the student to customize the piece on the repeat by changing one or more RH quarter notes into double eighth notes in certain measures in order to “spice it up.”

There are 11 pieces included in the book that are perfect for captivating and encouraging students imaginations. I mean, how often do you see a piece with the title “Discombobulated Pigeon”? I would love to hear all the conversations that go on regarding the story that piece is telling! Continue reading