This Halloween’s Pumpkin Racing

Halloween is just around the corner! And truth be told, I have been spending most of my focused time choosing Christmas music for my students and coming up with our studio Christmas project for this year. This is why I have an “October” binder that allows me to grab my stash off the shelf and …

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Resource Roundup: Choosing the Best Christmas Music for Each Student

Christmas is here! Kind of. But I recently had the pleasure of one of my favorite store tasks of the year - sorting and organizing Christmas music! And because 2020 has been one crazy trip around the sun, I am definitely ready for the Christmas season and some hanging twinkle lights. My students don’t begin …

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Resource Roundup: Composition

It is time for a new resource roundup, and I am so excited about this one! This past summer I used Nicola Cantan’s “Fantastic Fiction Composing” project throughout my studio, and it was a huge hit among all ages! I generally weave in composition work throughout the year, but there is something exhilarating about the …

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Adaptive Piano Lessons Domain: Physical

We have arrived at the end of our Adaptive Piano Journey! (For now … this is truly a journey that once you begin, never ends!). We have explored creative ways to foster excitement and creativity at the piano when you have students showing deficiencies in the cognitive, communication, socio-emotional, and behavioral domains. My earnest desire …

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Adaptive Piano Lessons Domain: Behavioral

“Nearly all academic and social activities require interpersonal interactions; therefore, a behavioral disorder can affect every area of a student’s development: intellectual, educational, and social.”* Please read that again, and let it sink in a little deeper. What’s being said is that a behavioral disorder literally affects every aspect of a child’s life. I don’t …

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Adaptive Piano Lessons Domain: Socio-Emotional

Music is an integral part of society. Here in America, our musical experience has been described as being a part of our lives from birth to death, experienced from the lowest to highest cognitive functioning, and enjoyed by one person at a time to thousands of people together*. So it is little wonder that we …

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