Friday Finds #259

Happy Friday, everyone! Wow. It’s been quite a few weeks since the last Friday Finds post. I have a big stash ready to go, though, so you can look forward to one this week and next! Have a great weekend!




New-ONLY Classical Music App from Apple Music (Violin Judy)



Broadway’s Longest-Running Musical “Phantom of the Opera” Turns Out the Lights (The Daily)



Recently, I discovered Canva has a desktop client! I’ve always loved using desktop apps for Evernote and Notion, so I’m curious to see if I’ll like using Canva more on my desktop or will stick with it on the web.



I’m a big Adam Grant fan, but somehow did not realize until a few weeks ago he had a podcast! Since I’m behind, I’ve been binging a bit. A couple of my favorites episodes so far are:

The 4-day work week: luxury or necessity?

Reese Witherspoon on turning imposter syndrome into confidence



Jennifer has a lot of great thoughts on facing “recital burnout” in this video:



Did you hear about the Spanish athlete that spent 500 days alone in a cave (by choice – for science)?!



Why Students are Practicing Less (Samantha Coats | Blitz Books)



As you’re sprucing up and changing out decor for Spring, here is a fun post on realistic fake greens from The Nester.



Speaking of Spring – I enjoyed Joy the Baker’s share on what she’s wearing this Spring



Good advice as you consider new policies for the upcoming year:

The #1 Tip to Simplify Rate Raises and Make-Up Lessons (Rebekah Maxner)



While this video talks to parents, I think the way Jonathan he describes it is a great tool for us all to have in our back pockets.

Should Your Music Teacher Give Makeup Lessons?



The Rise and Fall of Birchbox: The once-buzzy startup valued at nearly $500 million that frustrated customers are now saying has ‘vanished’

I was one of Birchbox’s fans way back in the early days (thanks to teacher Marie Lee for introducing me!). After a few years, though, I was just overwhelmed with too many samples and dropped the service. Luckily I got out before things went south!



Speaking of Marie Lee… she is organizing an online conference focused specifically on group piano teaching called “Group IlluminatED.”

If you’re already teaching group or are interested in moving your studio in that direction, you’ll want to check out this conference. The line-up looks fabulous, plus it’s flexible for summer because you will have access for the entire months of June and July.

Marie has even extended a discount to Piano Pantry readers for $50 off registration! Use the code AMY50. 

Check out “GroupIlluminatED.”




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