Friday Finds

A Piano Holiday in France and Finger-Patterned Scale Sheets

 

 

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London-based piano teacher and blogger Graham Fitch is hosting a “Piano Holiday in France!” It’s not just about piano but is also about enjoying the local cuisine and wine! Nice!

 

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Only 25 calories per drink. I’m adding a box or two of this Swiss Miss Light to my cupboard for the winter.

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Teachers are so creative. Ohio-based teacher, Clinton Pratt has really put his brain to work in creating a scale sheet that highlights the 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4 patterns in all scales. In this thread on Facebook, he was still playing with it and asking for feedback. In this thread, he shares the final PDF download with several versions teachers. Continue reading

Friday Finds

Andragogy, Pedagogy, and a 19′ Piano

 

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Anytime I tell someone I have a Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance everyone always looks at me with their head slightly cocked, and their eyes conveying their puzzlement. “Peda-what?” They say.

Do you ever get this? My husband and I always get a good chuckle. Awhile back he messaged me while he was at a conference excited that someone in the session he was attending had just clarified perfectly the term and he thought I might like to share with you:

“Andragogy” refers to methods and principles used in adult education. The word comes from the Greek ἀνδρ- andr-, meaning “man”, and ἀγωγός agogos, meaning “leader of”; it literally means “leader of man”, whereas “pedagogy” literally means “leading children”.

Interesting!

 

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Super stinking cool. Check out this 19-foot piano.

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Cold Care and a Piano Parent’s Imaginative Practice Plan

 

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We love hummus but unfortunately, our closest grocery (Walmart) does not carry tahini, a key ingredient. I finally decided instead of waiting until I make it to another grocery and have to “suffer” for weeks without hummus, I would just start buying it on Amazon. My favorite recipe from Milk Street Magazine recommends Kevala as their favorite brand so that’s what I’ve been using and it’s really good!

 

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Natalie has found an awesome folding standup desk for teaching piano!

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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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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

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

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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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Emoji Modes and an MLT Overview

 

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Piano Puzzle Card & Pocket Chart for Preschoolers | Karen Lien.

 

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Entropy: Why Life Always Seems to Get More Complicated | James Clear

 

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McDonald’s Asks: Do You Want Sriracha and Kale with that? Hmmm…

 

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Canadian teacher Anne Crosby Gaudet always puts out unique and high-quality products. Her latest item, Emoji Modes is great. Continue reading