Friday Finds: Chewable Coffee and Green Grass

Each Friday on this blog, I will share some of my favorite finds from the past week. I absorb a lot of content in Feedly so I’m looking forward to helping you as busy teachers see what’s worth checking out! You will find anything from teaching articles, podcasts, music news, recipes, favorite pieces, and more.  I promise to try to keep it at 10 items or less!

 

1

Just this week I was talking to a mom on the phone about summer schedule, and she mentioned that their daughter had been practicing like crazy that week WITHOUT BEING ASKED, and they were thrilled. Here’s an idea for an “I caught you practicing without being asked” studio photo tree. Brilliant! This is going into my toolbox for a monthly challenge next year!

 

2

What None of Us Has by Elissa Milne.

 

3

This article “Why Being Too Quick to Offer Feedback Can Degrade Learning,” is conjuring up lots of thoughts regarding student assignments, practice diaries, student, and teacher reflection on the quality of weekly practice and more.

 

4

10 Steps to help you Create a Studio Recital Movie Trailer using iMovie. I always do my studio video at the end of July when I send out the fall schedule information, but I love the idea of showing this AT the recital or emailing it within a day or two immediately following the recital.

 

5

Chewable Coffee cubes?! Geesh, what will they come up with next?

 

6

If you don’t follow Piano Pedagogy.org, the site for The New School for Music Study, you should, if only to see the Quote of the Week.

 

“Effective, artistic performances have dynamics, balance, and breath.  If we do not teach those elements as basic to music-making, we fail to educate our students artistically.” – Marvin Blickenstaff

 

7

 

“Art is the closest we can come to understanding how a stranger really feels.” – Roger Ebert

8

I am seriously loving Yankee Candle’s Green Grass scent. Fun fact: My husband’s family used own gift stores in several malls around Indiana and were the largest dealer of Yankee in the state for a time. We even got a private tour of the Yankee factory when touring the East Coast on our honeymoon!

 

Have a lovely weekend! We’re going camping with my husband’s family and smoking two huge pork butt’s at the campground in our smoker for father’s day. Everyone’s going to hate us!

 

~Amy

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