Monthly Archives: August 2012

First Lessons

In 3 hours students arrive. The first 2 are brand new beginners. That first lesson is so important. I’ll never forget Dennis Alexander relating the story of his very first lesson. His teacher told him to come on in, for … Continue reading

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On the “lowering of standards”

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Canada’s largest exam system, recently announced changes to the theory requirements for their diploma, the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT). I jumped for joy, in a manner of speaking, when I … Continue reading

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It’s all about the brain

After looking at numerous incentive programs, and rejecting many because they’re more complicated than I’d like them to be, I’ve decided to use Jennifer Fink’s This is Your Brain… on Music! (Pianimation) I like this because : (1) It’s easy. It’s … Continue reading

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For the record (mostly my own)

How I Successfully (right!) Used Dropbox on WordPress: 1.  Download Dropbox. That was the easy part. 2. Copy the image to the blog post by using the Snipping Tool. 3. Go back to the image and save as a PDF, … Continue reading

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No Regrets

The music of Edith Piaf is all love and heartache. It is the music of our images of Paris – the Left Bank with its artist/writer culture, the outdoor cafés, the colourful nightclubs – and we feel it all without … Continue reading

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My Top 5 List – Repeat Post

This post is a repeat from over a year ago – I need practice with Dropbox! At the time I couldn’t get the image on the post itself. Here it is as a PDF – hopefully, clickable, downloadable, and printable. … Continue reading

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How big are your hands?

Kids love concrete evidence that they’re growing up – and here’s a reminder in the piano binder that they are, indeed, getting bigger. Every fall, I trace the outline of one hand on a piece of paper and tell them … Continue reading

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Under Canadian Skies

I’ve spent a few summers in East Africa. The first time I went I read every travel book I could lay my hands on. I remember one that had a picture of the sky and a few wispy clouds – … Continue reading

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