Monthly Archives: January 2011


I have found two helpful resources to use in teaching ornamentation. The first is Ornamentation – A Question & Answer Manual by Valery Lloyd-Watts and Carole L. Bigler, published by Alfred. This is an informative book, written in a Q … Continue reading

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Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life

I haven’t read many biographies of composers. I’ve start a lot, but finished very few. Robert Spaethling’s Mozart’s Life, Mozart’s Letters kept me spellbound. Not once did I get bored or bogged down in the details; I couldn’t put it … Continue reading

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Perfect Pitch… and then it’s gone.

I have perfect pitch. At least, I used to. One of the things they don’t tell you in music school is that it fades with age. Of course, “they” probably didn’t know this. One of my professors was utterly fascinated … Continue reading

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Patterns for Piano by Jon George

While searching the Artistry at the Piano website, I saw this book that was also available. Based strictly on the title, I ordered it. It came in the mail; I read through it and immediately ordered 5 more copies. It … Continue reading

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