A Meeting with Cooking Tips and Practice Advice

Last Friday I met with over 30 teachers to share ideas, get updates about Music for Young Children(MYC), and learn new things at the spring MYC Eastern Ontario Teachers’ Meeting. I have been teaching MYC for 9 years and was given a new seal to add to my certificate (I still have trouble believing that my first students are now driving and/or in university!). Instead of a musical guest speaker our coordinator invited Paula Roy, a local food … Continue reading

6 weeks, 587 paperclips

The paperclip. Such a simple office tool. A bent wire paperclip was first patented in 1867. This clip was originally intended primarily for attaching tickets to fabric. During World War II patriots clipped them to their lapels as a symbol of resistance against Hitler and the Nazi occupation. This inspired students from Whitwell Middle School to collect paperclips when they needed a way to visualize the millions of Jews killed during the Holocaust. [The Paper … Continue reading

Christmas Party

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This past Christmas I hosted a student party at my house for the first time. I had a blast and I am glad so many students and family members were able to attend. My student were playing together and improvising. It was wonderful to see them teaching each other new skills and songs, laughing and getting to know one another.  

Happy New Year!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year! After a wonderfully refreshing holiday, it is absolutely delightful to have your children back in my studio again! I wanted to take the time before we launch into the new year to thank each and every one of you for your efforts this past fall. Being a “piano parent” is a big commitment, and I feel so fortunate to be connected with families who see the immense value of … Continue reading

How to Create a Practice Nest

Piano lessons are fun (I hope!) and regular attendance is necessary for a student to learn and progress but time spent at the lesson is only a fraction of the time it takes to play the piano well. The rest of the time is spent at home. Practicing. I don’t know about your students but I know that as a kid, even though I loved playing the piano,  I would avoid practice at all costs! … Continue reading

It’s Not Too Late

  School has started and lessons are back in full swing again. For anyone looking for lessons you are in luck! There are still a few spaces left in my schedule:   Music for Young Children Classes: Sunbeams 1 (ages 5-7) Wednesday 4:30-5:30 Sunrise (ages 2 & 3) Friday 4:00-5:00 Moonbeams 1 (ages 7-9) Friday 5:00-6:00 (only 2 spaces left) *If you are interested in a class not listed here, or the times do not … Continue reading

MYC International Conference

Wow! August already. It’s hard to believe that there are only a few more weeks of summer left. I hope you and your family were able to have a bit of holiday time. As I write this I am sitting in the sun in our backyard. The sky is a beautiful blue with fluffy clouds and the birds are singing. It certainly is nice to relax, breath and remember what a beautiful country I live … Continue reading

5 Benefits of Performing

Performing is cool. The big stage, the lights, all of those eyes one you…. As cool as it is to perform it can also be a crazy and stressful thing to do. What if you miss a note? What if you trip on your way to the stage? What if your mind goes blank? What if??? It’s easy to let our minds get carried away with terrible scenarios of what could happen. The trouble is … Continue reading