Friday Finds

Grit and Google Gadgetry

 

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Last week my first find was a James Clear article and this week is another. I just love his posts. They’re always well researched and thought out. The Paradox of Behavior Change.

 

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How Reading Old Books Gives Us New Perspective | Michael Hyatt. This is one of my goals this year  – to include re-reads in my reading list. C.S. Lewis is also known for encouraging the re-reading of books, stating something along the lines of:

I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once… To me, re-reading my favorite books is like spending time with my best friends. I’d never be satisfied to limit myself to just one experience each with my favorite people.

The first book (and if we’re being honest, thus far the only book) I’ve re-read this year was Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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Electric Kettle and Musical Coloring Pages

 

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All Models are Wrong, Some are Useful: How to Make Decisions in an Imperfect World | James Clear.

 

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When we lived in Australia, one of the things that were new to us was the lack of drip coffee makers in homes. Instead, many have electric kettles for boiling water. This was something I had never seen! We’ve had one ever since and now I can’t imagine not having one. It even made an amazing graduation present this past May for our friend’s daughter and she is absolutely loving it. It’s perfect for heating water in a dorm room for ramen noodles, tea, hot chocolate, oatmeal, you name it. I won the best-present award! LOL. This is our favorite kettle. Continue reading

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Music Teacher Animations

This week I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of videos that are animations of piano/music teaching. I decided to exclude actual cartoons and include only animations.

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Do you Need a Piano to Start Lesson?

 

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Diane Hidy | Profoundly Gifted 

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Mighty Bright and Ballet

 

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This past weekend I accompanied for a production of the 2-person show The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown. The Mighty Bright Orchestra Light and Mighty Bright Duet Light both came in super handy to light up both sides of my keyboard fully in the dark theater.

 

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In anticipation of the intense hours of rehearsal of this 179-page score, I had both chiropractor and massage appointments set up for the Monday/Tuesday following! I tend to pull a lot of tension in my left shoulder/neck area, regardless of piano playing. Rosemary’s suggestion for a book on Instant Relief (from your everyday aches & pains) was timed just right. I’m definitely intrigued by this book! Continue reading

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Pack ‘n Roll, Peaches, and Politicians

 

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Last night I hosted my third (now annual!) Studio 88 outdoor picnic performance. I couldn’t plan and pack everything I need for my student recitals without this sturdy pack-n-roll. They’re made as rolling “tool boxes,” but are perfect for packing extension chords, boxes of awards, and more. What I love most is that it easily folds up flat for storage.

 

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My favorite fruits include pears, strawberries, bananas, raspberries, and peaches. Have you ever wondered What the Difference is Between Freestone and Clingstone Peaches?

 

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I love unique posts for piano teachers that aren’t just about our usual round of resources, printables, marketing, etc. Here’s one from Leila | What We Can Learn from the Parents of Condoleezza Rice, Pianist, and Politician. Continue reading

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Ethics and a Beautiful Pianoforte

 

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Wow, what an incredibly beautiful late 19th-century pianoforte | A Piano that Survived the Wrecking Ball Now a Time Machine to NY’s Gilded Age.

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After 5 years of not using a mousepad with my studio desktop, and wearing off the top of my (luckily cheap) desk, I realized I should probably get a mouse pad. Isn’t it cute? I’m a sucker for teal. Continue reading

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Beats Workout and a Piano Puzzle

 

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Canva made a big announcement this week. They’re introducing Canva Print. You can now order print items from your Canva designs. This could be a great tool for creating postcards for student birthday’s, posters for recitals, fliers for marketing, and more!

 

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How one teacher does rotating lessons, explained in detail.

 

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My husband and I haven’t drunk pop (or “soda” depending on where you’re from) in years. Our beverages of choice most of the time are water and unsweet tea. On occasion, I drink a single cup of hot tea and love using this tea stick. Continue reading

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24/6 and a Piano Safari Download

 

 

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If you’re a Piano Safari user, as I was searching the PS Facebook group recently, I came across this cute download for the animal rhythms.

 

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A practice challenge idea with a door-size keyboard chart.

 

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A friend of mine had a minor “accident” with a microplane grater (haven’t we all) to the point she had to go to the emergency room. In all seriousness (and a little humor), I gift-mailed her this microplane cut-protection glove. I’ve had one for years after learning my own lesson. You only need one to protect those precious piano hands! Continue reading

Friday Finds Inspiration

 

This week is a special round-up of finds. I have been a content junkie for a long time. I’m slowing down, but I couldn’t manage the number of sites I follow without my RSS reader, Feedly.

There are several sites I have been following for years that do similar week-end roundups that inspired me to start my Friday Finds for teachers. Today I share those favorites with you.

 

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Let it Be Sunday | Joy the Baker.

 

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Saturday Food Section | Williams-Sonoma Continue reading