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Those Pesky Dotted Notes

  “No no, dear … it’s One … Two and    …..   One Two and    …..   the dot comes on the second beat.” The teacher repeats this several times.   We demonstrate it a couple of times more. … Continue reading

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Parents and Piano Recitals

By now my loyal readers should be well ware of my feelings regarding piano recitals. But search tags leading readers to this site, repeatedly show people inquiring about those  recitals.  I’ve had queries about suitable piano pieces, how to prepare … Continue reading

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“You Vill Zank me Zomeday”

It was the Banff scholarship which finally ended my father’s promise to match the value of any award I  won.   It was a six-week summer session at the Banff School of Fine Arts and included everything but the plane fare.   … Continue reading

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Teaching … the Sacred Path

I remember the day the piano was delivered to our home.   Two husky men hauled it into our living room and unwrapped yards of brown canvas to reveal a shiny brown Willis upright which Mom later informed me had cost an … Continue reading

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Prelude in C Minor

      This is a lovely melodic piece written in the romantic style for beginning piano students.  Although the three flat key signature may seem daunting at first, the chords are very simple and repeated throughout the piece.   I’ve avoided dissonances as … Continue reading

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Hallelujah … A Heart-Warmer

   Sometimes something moves one to tears.   A fragment of beauty or a moment of pure sweetness.   This YouTube clip is one such event.   Filmed by a teacher in Quinhagaka, a small village school in Alaska, it encompasses all my dreams … Continue reading

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“America the Beautiful”

     In some twenty years of teaching piano, I encountered only two students who refused to learn to read the notes.  The first one was a precociously pretty teenager with perfectly manicured nails which she clicked on the keys like castanets.  She … Continue reading

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A tale of two girls

This is a true story.   And it is a sad story which every teacher should read and remember before they walk into a classroom or studio.   It’s also an inspiring story. Over thirty years ago, there were two teenage girls in the … Continue reading

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