I’m corny, I know! LOL.
Surely my title at least made you smile, didn’t it? See, goal accomplished. 😉
Interested in getting some professional development in this year but can’t afford an expensive conference? Would you love a few days away from everything in a relaxed country home with plenty of good food you don’t have to cook? Your opportunity has arrived!
Joy Morin’s piano retreat last year was such a success she’s organizing another!
Everyone’s tummies were apparently happy enough to have me back as the official “caterer.” Yea! Feeding people makes me happy. 🙂
Check out more details over on Joy’s website ColorInMyPiano.com
Hope to see you there to EAT food, MEET people, and RETREAT away! 🙂
The 2018 MTNA National Conference in Orlando, Florida is just around the corner!
Attending the national conferences is always something to look forward to (besides the expense of course! :-). There’s always so much going on and new and exciting things to check out. More than anything I look forward to meeting all of you face to face who I only get to see online otherwise!
My roomie, Joy Morin and I are planning on arriving on Friday the 16th. Even though it was a great time, I’m not planning a Piano Pantry dinner like I did in Baltimore (2017). Disney is just too crazy of a place to organize a formal meet-up!
We wanted a chance to hang out with ya’ll though, so we are planning on being at the Laguna Bar at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (the Conference Hotel) on Friday evening around 8:00 pm.
If you haven’t already scoped it out online, the outdoor area at Coronado Springs looks pretty cool. I hope we have good weather!
No need to RSVP, just plan on coming by if you can. If you’d like to drop me a message, feel free to contact me here or comment on this post.
Hope to see you there!
Don’t Leave too Early!
I’m also looking forward to presenting a session at the conference! It will be my second time ever at a National Conference. Yea! The first time was at 2016 MTNA in San Antonio.
If you’re still around Wednesday morning, catch me bright and early at the very first session at 8 am.
My session is called Taming the Jungle: Digital Management Strategies for the Independent Music Teacher.
It was a privilege to get the chance to present the same session to all the wonderful teachers of Louisville MTA in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend.
If you’re not too tired by then or already heading to the airport, I hope to see you there!
The older we get it seems life tends to move more quickly every year. When you’re young it feels like life will go on forever. The next thing you know, you realize your high school graduation was 20 years ago (or 30-40 for that matter).
As I understand more and more how fast life passes by, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of reflection. We’re always working to do more, learn more, and be better. The result though is that it’s easy to forget where we’ve come from, hard to see all we’ve accomplished, and not realize all life has given us.
This yearly re-cap post is about putting all of your favorite topics from the past year (and from all time) in one place. It’s also a chance for me to reflect on all that’s happened in my own life as a piano teacher at Studio 88 and blogger at Piano Pantry.
Before I wrote this post, I loved reading the recap post from last year. Here is Piano Pantry’s Best of 2016 recap.
In this post you will find:
- A Month-by-Month Recap of 2017
- The All-Time Top 5 Posts/Pages
- The Top 5 Posts/Pages from 2017
- The Top Friday Finds Post from 2017
- My Personal Favorite Posts from 2017
I just wanted to let you know that the iPad app SproutBeat that I use a lot during my student’s music lab time is running a sale for 15% an annual subscription for new sign-ups. This is a GREAT deal. If you’ve been thinking about trying it, now is the time.
If you’re interested in reading a little more about how I use the app in my studio, see this post.
The discount ends on December 16.
Happy Holidays from SproutBeat®
This year is going to be chock-full of opportunities for me to share with teachers at both the local, state, and national levels.
Let me know if you’ll be attending any of these and we can be sure and meet up. Feel free to contact me if you need details. I’m excited to connect with more of you in person and learn together!
I’ve also created a permanent page here on Piano Pantry listing all these upcoming events as well as my previous events and topics. Find it here.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Teaching the Way We Learn: Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory for Piano Teachers (with co-presenter Joy Morin)
Location: Wood-Ottawa Counties MTA (Bowling Green, OH)
Friday, September 29, 2017
Teaching the Way We Learn: First Applications of Gordon’s Music Learning Theory (with co-presenter Joy Morin)
Evernote for the Independent Music Teacher (Lightning Talk)
Location: Indiana MTA state conference (Marion, IN) Continue reading
Piano Pantry’s guest post series, The Varsity Musician’s Playbook, by my friend Christina Archer Whitlock, was recently highlighted on The Unfinished Lesson blog’s Top 8 Music Education Resources list.
If you’ve not had a chance to read this series, now is the time, with the start of the new year around the corner. It was the one conference session that made the biggest impact on my studio in the 2015-2016 school year.
The Varsity Musician’s Playbook, Part 1 – Studio Interdependence
The Varsity Musician’s Playbook, Part 2 – Studio “Locker Room”
The Varsity Musician’s Playbook, Part 3 – Community Presence
Are your students feeling the summer practice blues? I just wrote an article for the Alfred Music Blog on motivating students to practice – check it out!
4 Ways to Motivate Students: Banishing the Summer Practice Blues
The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy is just around the corner. This biennial conference put on by The Francis Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is always held in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
The 2015 event was my first NCKP experience and I was hooked. Being that I’m only a 3-4 hour drive away, I plan on attending every one from now on!
After my first Piano Pantry reader’s dinner at MTNA in Baltimore, I was excited to get the chance to offer something again at NCKP. This time I’m honored to team up with Tim Topham who’s making the trek all the way from Australia for this great conference.
Let me share how I first came to meet Tim. Continue reading
Last summer on the Piano Pantry Facebook page, I did a daily series of posts called “Morning Marketing.”
Over the next two months, I’ll be bringing you another series. This year’s topic is productivity. We’ll be talking anything from email to Evernote to managing Facebook and all the “notifications” in your life.
Be sure and follow the Piano Pantry Facebook page so you don’t miss some great short pointers brought to you each and every day!
Almost one month ago exactly, I mentioned in my post on conducting year-end student evaluations meetings with students, that I had a BIG announcement I was making to my studio families during our one-on-one meetings this year.
Of course, many families wanted to take a guess. Most came up with: I was either pregnant, moving, or hiring an assistant.
Do you want to take a guess too before I let you in on the secret?