Friday Finds #266



I’ve attended four music teaching events in the past three months: The Piano Conference (NCKP), Joy Morin’s Piano Teacher Retreat, and both the Indiana and Ohio MTA State Conferences.

While it’s fun seeing old friends and colleagues, it’s also refreshing to see new teachers who are experiencing it for the first time. That’s just one reason why attending conferences is beneficial.

Recently, Natalie Weber shared six more great reasons to attend conferences.



If you’re still looking for Halloween resources to use over the next couple of weeks, check out:

The Piano Pantry Podcast Episode 088: Top 10 Halloween Resources

Halloween Video Series and Listening Activity Guide



A delicious new soup we’re adding to our mix: Butternut Squash, Sausage, and Tortellini Soup (Gimme Some Oven)



The Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) are expected to be the most intense in 30 years.



Podcast episodes:

Lisa Damour on Understanding Today’s Teenagers (Everything Happens podcast with Kate Bowler)

A Blind Cook Becomes a Master Chef (A Slight Change of Plans with Mya Shankar)

The Curious Piano Teachers on Asking the Right Questions (The Piano Pantry Podcast)



In the last few years, my husband has become more interested in brandy. Until then, we enjoyed wines and beers but never really any hard liquor. His developing interest made us dig a little further, at which point we learned that it is distilled from wine. It made sense that he enjoyed it since we had already enjoyed red wine. Here’s an interesting article I recently came across on Brandy if you’re curious, like we were!



Thoughts on being a “special place” for your students and families. (



My brother’s 40th birthday was at the end of September. He requested a chocolate cinnamon sheet cake – which is all we used to have growing up for our birthday celebrations. It was actually my first time making one as an adult, and it was just as good as I remember (just don’t look at the sugar ratio! 🙂 Forewarning that you will want a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a glass of milk to accompany!


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