I have been on the lookout for a while for a book of hymns in their original state (not arranged) that were slightly simplified. The homophonic texture of most hymns is quite complicated for most students to play. The Piano Student’s Hymnal is exactly what I was looking for. I have one adult student using it who loves it – it’s the perfect level of difficulty. I would love to see Alfred publish one that’s even just a tad easier.
Words of wisdom from Seth. There are some “rules of engagement” per say that we should all keep in mind daily as we navigate, socialize, and communicate on the web. I WOULD PERSONALLY LIKE TO EMPHASIZE PEOPLE PAY ATTENTION TO #1, 3, 8, 10. (If you read it, you’ll see the irony in what I just wrote LOL).
A thought-provoking essay by Carol Black, co-creator of the classic show The Wonder Years. A Thousand Rivers – What the Modern World Has Forgotten About Children and Learning. It’s worth your time. She has half a dozen essays on her site.
Two winning recipes I made this past weekend. We’re putting up a new barn and family has been helping. I’ve been serving lunch and dinner for 6-8 people two days in a row the past two weekends. Everyone loved both of these.
Cheezy Garlic Zucchini Rice (who isn’t always on the lookout for ways to use up all that summer zucchini besides sautéing it or baking zucchini bread?!)
Gooey Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies. Cookies are my favorite dessert both to eat and to make. Who knew you could make cookies out of chickpeas and peanut butter? So simple, super healthy (no flour, sugar, or egg), and really tasty.
Visualization, as well as mindfulness in much of what we do, would benefit many of us in so many ways. Encourage your students to just stop sometimes, put their hands in their lap, and THINK. I love using the wording as inspired by Julie Knerr (co-author of Piano Safari) to tell students to “think in their brain.”
About Friday Finds
Each Friday on this blog, I share some of my favorite finds from the past week. You’ll find anything from directly piano-related resources, articles, podcasts, and music, to recipes, world-happenings, fun finds and more.
I look forward to helping you as busy teachers see what’s worth checking out and promise to try and keep it under 10 items each week!