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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Valentine’s Day Freebies

Looking for fun and easy ways to incorporate Valentine's Day into piano lessons? Whether or not you like the holiday, you can be sure your students are getting into the spirit! I've already had a few students bring valentines by the studio and wearing their pinkest, cheeriest, and heart-filled outfits 😉 Today I've included 3 …

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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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