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2017-2018 Speaking Schedule Reflections

This past year I was blessed to get the chance to present for several local associations and state and national conferences. Up until about three years ago, I found the idea of presenting terrifying, intimidating, and completely out of my reach.

Luckily, my inner drive, curiosity, and motivation didn’t let those feelings of fear and inadequacy stop me from giving it a shot. In return, I have realized speaking to other teachers is more rewarding than intimidating, more energizing than terrifying, and more within reach to those who persevere (and continually polish those proposals LOL).

Psst…If you’re interested in what I’ve learned along my presenting journey then check out the post Tips for Presenting: Tools, Resources, and a Pep Talk.

Let’s take a quick peek at those of you I was able to be with this past year!

 

First Applications of Music Learning Theory

My friend, Joy Morin, and I have been excited to get our first duo session out there. It’s exciting not only because it’s a session we put together and can present together, but because we’re able to share what we’ve been learning about applying Music Learning Theory in piano lessons.

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Facebook Live Studio Tour Wrap-Up

Earlier this week I hosted a Facebook Live series that toured various areas of my piano studio.

If you missed it, you can still catch the videos on the Piano Pantry Facebook page. There were several blog posts and items I mentioned in the videos I’ve also linked for you below.

Many thanks to all the encouraging comments and feedback! I look forward to doing more Facebook Live videos in the future now that I’ve finally taken the plunge!

 

Day 1

Studio layout/overview, and workspace including student files and how I organize my music. Click here to view the video.

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Day 2

A look into my teaching space and student music lab. Click here to view the video.

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Day 3

A look into my student space including incentive program, prize boxes, game drawer, practice charts and more. Click here to view the video.

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Article on Alfred Music Blog

Tips on Fostering Music for Life

 

 

My June article submission Learning Music in a Quick-Fix Society: 7 Tips to Foster Music for Life for the Alfred Music Blog is now live. Here’s a sneak peek:

The quick fix. Today’s society thrives on doing things bigger, better, faster. Timers are placed in fast-food drive-throughs, crash diets are a dime a dozen, and recipe videos are on fast-forward.

Music teachers may find themselves continually reminding families that learning an instrument is not just a summer or semester-long activity but an ongoing process that requires dedication, determination, and grit. Gentle conversations may occasionally be had regarding realistic expectations such as “no, playing Beethoven’s Für Elise is perhaps not an appropriate piece for a first-year student to be learning quite yet.”

Having information available at our fingertips in an instant has made it hard to not expect everything in life to function in the same way. Today I’m going to share with you seven ways we as music educators can create an environment for our students and families that fosters a sense of “music for life” in a society that values quick learning and information gathering.

Continue reading this article on the Alfred Music Blog.

 

If you’re interested in checking out other articles I have written on Alfred Music Blog they are:

 

Friday Finds #100 and Giveaway Winner

The day has arrived. Piano Pantry has officially posted 100 weeks of Friday Finds since first launching in March of 2016!

In celebration of this milestone, I posted a giveaway last week featuring an item that was a part of the Friday Find series. Thanks to all who entered to win Note Speed!

The winner (randomly selected by Rafflecopter’s generator) is Lynelle Vogel who commented:

My older kids love to play NinGenius on iPads to work on note names.

Congratulations! I will be contacting to get your shipping details.

 

Friday Finds Breather

Before we proceed with this top 100 list, I just want to thank you for your excitement and energy over these weekly finds over the past 2+ years. You have been so enthusiastic and encouraging with so many stating it’s the one post/email they’re sure to catch every week.

That being said, I’m going to take a brief hiatus from this weekly post. I promise it will be brief and the series will return as I love writing it as much as you seem to love reading them.

There’s a lot going on in life right now – one of which many of you are aware. My husband and I are in the final stages of building a house (literally). We are (well, mostly he is) doing the majority of it on our own. We’re in the home stretch and I really need to let something go for the time being.

Promise me you’ll jump back in when I pick back up?

Awesome, thanks!

 

Friday Finds Top 100

 

I have gone back through every single F.F. post I’ve written to pull the best of the best for you here. With approximately eight finds per week, that’s 800 finds I’ve scoured.

How did I choose? First, anything that was specifically commented on by a reader was included. From there, I simply focused on posts that have affected me the most, have stuck in my memory, made an impact, or that I still use or find fascinating even today.

I’ve broken them down into 11 categories so if you prefer to check out a specific category of items you can jump around.  Enjoy!

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Friday Finds #99 – There’s a Giveaway!

The clock is ticking as we inch closer and closer to Friday Finds #100!

Last week I gave you a heads up that this week’s post would include a giveaway with the winner being announced next week.

What’s up for grabs? You’ll have to read this week’s finds to find out at the bottom of this post!

 

1 – Wiki Updates

A new entry on collaborative piano has hit Wikipedia. This is great news!

 

2 – Blitz

Australian teacher Samantha Coates is releasing an interesting new series. Check out her introductory videos for BlitzBooks Rote Repertoire.

 

3 – Looking Good

I’m a little late in this, but congratulations to Susan Paradis on her newly-designed website! It looks fantastic!

 

4 – Swallowing Vitamins No More

My daily dose of goodness:

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Friday Finds #97

 

You may have noticed that last week and this week’s Friday Finds posts have been titled by a number. What could that possibly mean?

As you may have suspected, the countdown is on until we reach Friday  Find #100 here on Piano Pantry. Keep an eye out because that week will be a special week which will feature my favorite finds from the past 100 weeks – it’ll be a big one!

Something else special is going to happen as well but I’ll save that announcement for next week just to keep you in suspense. 😉

Thanks for being here week after week. Knowing how much ya’ll love these makes me so happy! (P.S. I’m not from Texas or Oklahoma so “Ya’ll” is not part of my natural vocabulary in real life but sometimes it just seems feels fitting to use so why not?!)

 

1 – Sweet

Heading to Ethiopia anytime soon? This otherworldy restaurant would be incredible to check out.

 

2 – Elderflower, Amalfi, Lemon Curd

If you’ve followed any kind of news this past week then you likely know all about the Royal wedding. It seemed appropriate to share their GORGEOUS cake. It was a sponge cake made with lemon drizzled with elderflower syrup and then topped with Amalfi lemon curd. Say whaaattttt….nice.

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Spring Recital 2018

“Songs We Know”

This past Sunday was my studio’s 7th spring recital. Every year I try to do something different to keep things interesting. Last year we did a studio-wide collaborative project (a narrative suite). In 2016 we did collaborative pieces (duets, trios, 2-pianos 4-hands).

Sometimes in the fall, I hold a themed recital. This past fall we did a church music recital and three years ago we did a color recital (this recital was prior to Piano Pantry so I don’t have a post on it).

This year the theme was “Songs We Know.” Usually, I reserve the majority of pop-tune playing and such for our summer picnic performance. With our house project and all that’s going on this year though, I decided to forego the summer performance. Thus, the popular-themed music for spring recital.

I’m going to share a couple of highlights from our recital including a list of the repertoire books we used.

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New “Secret” Letter

Not more than a month ago, Piano Pantry celebrated its second birthday.  March of 2016 was when my first post hit the world-wide-web.

For the past year, I’ve been pondering something and I want to share it with you today (if you haven’t already heard).

If you’re subscribed to receive updates from Piano Pantry, for the past couple of years those emails have been mostly been about notifying you of new content and sending you an occasional personal email.

That’s just not good enough though. I wanted to be more consistent and intentional about how I connect and engage with you. I want to serve you by creating something tangible, useful, and real that you would look forward to seeing hit your inbox.

The last thing I want to do though is bombard you with emails. Can I tell you a secret? The online “platform-building” world tells you that you should write email letters to your subscribers once a week because we should treat you like a friend – someone you talk to regularly.

Sorry, but I disagree! Maybe I’ll be the one that loses out on followers, but my life does not revolve around weekly emails from my favorite bloggers. My philosophy in a lot of areas of life is “less is more.”

So, after months of considering how I want to serve you and communicate with you on a regular (but non-pestering) manner, I am happy to announce my new monthly “secret letter.”

This letter won’t be found anywhere else (even on social media). It will be filled with everything from what’s going on in my studio to what I’m watching on Netflix, books I’m reading, things I’m learning about, discovering, and more.

The first one went out the last day in March. Since April’s letter will be sent soon, I wanted to let you know so you can get signed up.

You can subscribe here. 

Just so there are no surprises, please know that your subscription means you agree to receive electronic communications from me which may include but is not limited to weekly blog updates, news, offers, and announcements.

I promise to treat your email with tender love and care just as I like mine to be treated. 🙂

~Amy

 

Highly Recommended Upcoming Webinars

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that MTNA is holding some upcoming webinars that I know will be especially excellent.

The first series is by a fellow Indiana colleague and friend, Karen Thickstun. I first shared about Karen in a post leading up to the 2017 MTNA Elections as she was a nominee for President against Martha Hilley (who can beat Texas, you know? LOL).

Karen is highly dedicated to IMTA and MTNA and has been a valuable asset to the Indiana Board of Directors for years serving in many capacities, including President.

Her first webinar is THIS FRIDAY at 12:00 E.S.T.

The second set of webinars is from a session put on at the MTNA Conference in Orlando. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the session, so I’m excited for the chance to see it!

I first met the presenters, Sarah Alexander, Whitney Hawker, and Spring Seals in Baltimore at my Piano Pantry dinner. The presented a session in Baltimore and it was very well done. They also write a blog for piano teachers called 4D Piano Teaching.

 

As an MTNA member, these are resources included in your membership. Visit the Members Only area of the MTNA Website to register.