These short winter days and the cold weather can suck the life out of anyone. I can't imagine being excited about practicing for the piano recital while dreaming of a white Christmas far far away from scales and chords, only with presents, cookies and the sweet pillow. That's why I came up with a few … Continue reading Christmas Ideas for Your Piano Studio
I prepared for my students a Christmas Calendars with cute Christmas prints created by Gina Maldonado and by Dotty Wren, prints I found on their Pinterest boards. Check out all their creations, they are awesome. Download the PFD's I created. They can be printed on both A3 and A4. christmas-calendar-maldonado christmas-calendar-wren
It's very hard for me to be open minded and creative about piano practice time, because when I was small, practice was not measured in time, but in achieving a goal you set for yourself, like lightly reading a passage without mistakes and interruptions. Sometimes it took 5 minutes, sometimes an hour, tears and angry … Continue reading Piano practice & Time
There are many reasons why a child would think about quitting piano lessons. One of the reasons should be the difficulty. One other reason could be the fact that his parents have allowed him to think that quitting is an option. Ever. I am, myself, a very picky teacher. That's not the best trait, I … Continue reading When do you let your child give up on piano lessons?
What's the correct ratio: 70% the teacher - 30% the parent? Or is it 50-50? What's the ratio you practice or would practice? I'm having a dilemma. Parents don't want you to be harsh on their kids, you know, you gotta be fun, entertain, keep them interested, keep it light, WHILE also implementing discipline. I … Continue reading Ratio
When I think of MEDITATION I think of FOCUS. For me, meditating isn't as much about not thinking about anything as it is about focusing on one thing only. Piano practice is a sort of meditation. I didn't realise it until now. When we practice we can't think about other problems, we can't get distracted … Continue reading Meditation
No one ever taught me about the importance/influence/power of thoughts. No one ever instructed me on how to use it, but I've been doing it since I was little to create for myself a world where everything I want is possible and it's brought to life...in my dreams. It took a lot of "coincidences" for … Continue reading I HAVE A DREAM
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Music teachers are very important in our school. The music department has to be the glue that holds everything together, the soul of our community and the heart of every event. You are very important and we'll make sure that you feel appreciated every step of the way. Of course, we don't have a music … Continue reading Ode to a Music Teacher
My piano class has remarkably evolved. I am now entering the fourth year of study with some of my students here in Bucharest. Things are getting serious and I'm doing my best to keep up with their needs and their wants. So I have designed a new format for my piano class starting this year … Continue reading What happens in my piano class – THE UPGRADED VERSION