Integrating Music Into a Season of Frenzy

The holiday season is in full swing, and because of this my husband and I took a close look at our calendar yesterday. We are blessed with families we love to be around, a church we are active in, and jobs we are grateful for and want to give our attention to. The closer look …

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Creativity In and Out of the Studio

Any C.S. Lewis fans out there? Concept albums are always fun adventures ... and this month I'm drawing my student's attention to one of my recent favorites from The Gray Havens! Blue Flower is based off of C.S. Lewis's autobiography, Surprised by Joy. Each song on the album depicts an idea that shaped Lewis. In …

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Resource Roundup: October 2021

If your schedule is anything like mine has been lately, you want to walk into October with your teaching materials as planned as possible 🙂 Your students will be thrilled at the prospect of anything Halloween related showing up in their lessons, but it doesn't have to be complicated! Below you'll find my favorites for …

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Resource Roundup: Back to School

Although July seemed to slide into August without much fanfare, the "back to school" feeling has definitely descended upon Cleveland. I am one of those people who enjoy each season, but also enjoy the change of seasons. Summer was fun, busy, and active. But by the time school starts I'll be ready for a steady …

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Your Littlest Piano Ninjas

My youngest student is currently 3 years old, and right now we are focusing on counting, finger independence, and music appreciation. I also have 4 and 5 year old students working right alongside the rest of my students (I really do teach age 3-93 😉 ). And although some teachers refuse to teach little ones …

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Kinesthetic Learning Meets Ear Training

Kinesthetic learning meets ear training in today’s free printable! I recently saw an old picture my mom had taken of me from high school. In it I was reading a book. But I wasn’t sitting on a chair, in the grass, or on my bed. I was walking around my house in circles while I …

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When music meets real life … July’s Roundup

If you've been around the blog recently, you've likely noticed that I have committed to taking hold of as many touchpoints with my students and their families as is possible - and as makes sense. Too much communication, and everyone gets frazzled and annoyed. Too little, and the same is likely to happen. So I …

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Ninja Note Flashcards

This past weekend turned out with beautiful weather for the Fourth of July here in Ohio, and I took every opportunity to enjoy it! A weekend of biking, hiking, kayaking, and swimming later, I woke up today sore and feeling worn out. Thankfully in that I-really-enjoyed-it-all kind of way, but nevertheless worn. My neighbors probably …

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