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Recital Program Themes

Do you need a theme for your next recital? Or maybe you just want to mix things up a bit…beyond the usual chronological or leveled order? Try some of these ideas:

  1. Melodic Exposition. Choose pieces with a strong or memorable…
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What Key is it in?

How do you figure out what key you are playing (or singing) in?

Often a piece will begin or end on the tonic, or the “home” note of a scale. A scale is an arrangement of pitches, or notes, that…

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Fun with Rhythm Playing Cards

Are you a card player? I grew up in a family that loved playing cards. In fact, we have a family version of Gin Rummy that we call “Dummy Rummy” and we play it so often that my kids find…

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Troubled Water

I am preparing Margaret Bonds' "Troubled Water" for performance at the Katherine L. White Invitational, and in doing so I have been reflecting on the words of the spiritual she quotes in the work:

Wade in the water,
Wade in…

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Penguin Piano: Keyboard Geography Game

Beginner piano students need lots of varied practice with keyboard geography, and they can do it on and off the keys! I designed this game for a student of mine who is going on vacation for two weeks and will…

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Note Reading Games

After you have introduced note names, it is time to practice! Flashcards are a good start, but how about a new game with a SURPRISE element?

Staff Explosion is a brand new game that helps you teach and review note…

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Piano Lesson Planning

How many times do you finish teaching lessons, only to sit down to plan for next week – and you have forgotten what each student is working on?! I am always looking for ways to work smarter, not harder. Being…

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Piano Teaching: What is Working for Me This Year

I have taught piano lessons on and off through the years, depending on what my job/gig schedule looks like, family life, church commitments, etc. This past fall I returned to teaching with a new goal: build a studio/schedule that works…

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Creating a Life in Music

In my life, I have been fortunate to ride on the backs of mentors who had incredible vision and admirable work ethic. Because of them, rarely have I felt the need to create my own musical path or seek opportunities…

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