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Pace yourself

I’m faced with an extraordinarily long teaching day. Sometimes this just happens. I want the mental energy to give my last students the attention they deserve. I have to pace myself. The majority of the day’s students are intermediate and … Continue reading

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Congratulations are due

My daughter was part of the winning choir in their category¬†at Young¬†Prague 2014 last month. The announcement that the winning choir was “all the way from Canada” set off a storm of excited screams. Congratulations to the William Aberhart High … Continue reading

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The luckiest person alive

“Every day, life is beautiful… Music is a dream… I felt this is the only thing that helps me have hope. A sort of religion. Music is God.” (Alice Herz-Sommer) Here’s an inspirational video about the oldest Holocaust survivor still … Continue reading

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Go away. I’m practising.

  Painting by Berthe Morisot (France, 1841-1895). Image via Amanda Clyne.  

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Wednesday Question: Why Don’t Parents Support Piano Lessons?

Originally posted on Susan Paradis' Piano Teacher Resources:
Dear Susan. I am so frustrated. Why do parents put students in piano lessons but do not support me as a teacher? They don’t practice, miss lessons, and even come to lessons…

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The tragic destiny of a fish

“I shot this little film in my kitchen over a few weeks in late 2011. It is the result of my passion for beautiful sad opera songs and my interest in the tragic destiny of a fish.” ~Carlo Vogele, creator … Continue reading

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Renoir at work

A beautiful film of the great Impressionist painter Renoir at work. Helping him is his son; the other man in the film is Sacha Guitry, the man who made the film. Love the film. And I love the music – … Continue reading

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Fearlessly embrace things that seem odd

Vihart – the mathemusician – has done it again. A brilliant video that teaches, inspires, and makes you fall in love with something you never thought you would. Her video on the overtone series is required for my history students. … Continue reading

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Bits and pieces of you

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A Song of Our Warming Planet

A haunting musical depiction, on that most haunting of instruments – the cello, of the rise in global temperatures over the last 130 years. Unless something is done – like now – this may have to be played on the … Continue reading

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Sound Braid

A strangely comforting piece of polyphonic music by mathemusician Vihart, complete with visuals in the form of doodling. You might even pick up one or two tidbits of math. For more of her videos, check out her YouTube channel.

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That black note Camp thing

This is the last week of lessons for the school year. The recital was Saturday, so for most, the lessons have been spent wrapping up loose ends and having a bit of fun. Notes have been made for fall. Not … Continue reading

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