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

Friday Finds

Passwords and Pianos for People

 

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The 1 Percent Rule: Why a Few People Get Most of the Rewards | James Clear

 

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Students, did you know you can get 50% off a full year of Evernote Premium? I’m telling you, my life would have been changed if I had a program like Evernote through grad school for all the research and papers. Believe me, the Premium version is the best for students because you can search the text of pdf files, your own handwritten notes, Microsoft documents, and you can annotate on pdf’s. It’s gold.

 

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If you want to hear a fabulous jazz/pop one-man band listen to Jacob Collier. His harmonic progressions and voicing are extremely innovative.  Gershwin Fascinating Rhythm (his piano playing occurs at 3:00 minutes).

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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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Friday Finds

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

Friday Finds

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

Friday Finds

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