“It was an average practice week…”

I heard this at least 4 times from different students last week in response to my often-asked question, " How did practice go?" It didn't dawn on me at first. One student saying this isn't out of the ordinary. But as several students shrugged and shared the same sentiment, it hit me. We live in …

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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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Encouraging a Musical Home Environment

How often do you have a parent accompany a new student and announce that they’ve never played an instrument? If your studio is anything like mine, this happens all the time. How often do you request a parent get involved in their child’s practice – only to be met with shrugs and looks of helplessness. …

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