Book of the Month: April 2021

This month's book was published late 2020, and has already become a favorite of mine! It's complete title is Music and How it Works: The Complete Guide for Kids - published by DK publishing. This month though, I'm including it as both the student and teacher book recommendation. Why? Because I enjoyed looking through this …

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The Musician’s Meal Plan

The piano teacher's life can sometimes feel incredibly unbalanced. Oftentimes students are looking for availability in the afterschool/evening hours. You've had most of the day time to do whatever needs done in life, and then your job begins. What does this mean for family? Dinnertime can be crazy! Often you are either finishing up teaching …

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The Life and Legacy of Nancy Bachus

Who is Nancy Bachus? (biography taken from her author profile and obituary.) "A teacher, recitalist, and music historian, Nancy Bachus has been a featured clinician at numerous piano teacher organizations and music conventions. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Nancy studied with pianist Eugene List and accompanist Brooks Smith, and more recently she …

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Finding a Pot of Gold and Prepared Practice

Imagination is everything. If I tell a student we're going to do a score study, I'm either met with a blank stare or with disappointment. But if I tell that same student we're going to follow the rainbow to a pot of gold, the score study suddenly becomes exciting! It's the same objective coming in …

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