Catching Up

I haven’t been feeling well for a while, off and on.  But today was the first day I was able to get back to teaching and really feel much better.  I’m glad, too, because it really was a day of lessons I’m glad I didn’t miss!

My first student, also a very, very dear friend of mine, played a BEAUTIFUL and energetic rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.  It was recital-worthy & delightfully done.  She is also going to show me how to sew pillow cases.  I’d love to make pillow cases for my students – as the Christmas presents.  There you have it… no longer a secret.  ;)  We’ll see if that will happen, but it’s definitely something that will be simpler than shopping for random gifts – and who doesn’t want a piano music pillowcase under their heads at night?  I know I do!  But more than learning “how” to sew something like that, is the wonderfulness of hanging out with her.  She is such a delight, and so full of life & joy – it’s truly contagious & a blast!  I can’t wait!  :)  Every week is full of surprises, laughter, and wonderful excitement.  Life is good!

I had a long break in the day, as a few students weren’t able to come today, or had rescheduled to another time.  It is Valentine’s Day, afterall, and families have plans.  It just worked out this time that I had a few openings later for those who requested it.  During that time, I caught up on some paperwork, cleaning, “thank you” note writing, and music book organizing.

At the end of the day, I taught two more students.  The first is a student who transferred to me from my first voice teacher… who also taught piano lessons.  She is tackling more difficult music all the time – and thriving at the piano.  It’s a joy working with students who have a love for music, and an eagerness to learn.  She has tackled the chromatic scale, 5 scales in Major keys (1 octave – some hands together & some hands separate), and is learning her first 2-octave scale.  Of course, from the 2-octave adjustment, she’ll easily be able to transition to 3 & 4 octaves.  She mastered “Can Can” this week, and is learning a beautiful theme called “New World Symphony”.

My last student came to the studio only 2 weeks ago.  This was her 2nd “official” lesson, and she’s already grasping the music staff, with all its intricacies.  Her progress definitely shows, and just proves again that daily practice makes a world of difference.  I’m so proud of her!  We’ll be tackling some hands together work next week, and perhaps some of her first scales… we’ll see.  It is a wonderful thing to start – and then to see where music lessons lead.  :)

It was a short, easy day of teaching this Tuesday – and full of rewarding times & fun activities as students reach for the next skill.  I wouldn’t trade my job for any job in the world!

Tomorrow, my piano finally gets tuned!  I’ve put it off far too long.  Just a reminder for everyone (including myself)… pianos should be tuned every 6 months, especially the teacher’s… whose piano is often played more than 6 hours each day.  But at the very least, tuning it every 12 months is ideal.  I’m ashamed to admit… it’s been about a year, I think… maybe longer, since I had my grand tuned.  It’s time!  It is also the perfect opportunity to clean the studio.  Now the shelves won’t look so empty (see below).  :)

A large music book order came in today, and I’m excited to organize those books.  Several students will be moving up to the next level, picking out supplemental music, or adding a theory or music exercise book.  A few of the materials I received this week for my students… if any teachers or students have any questions about them, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  :)  These are some of my favorite books to use in the studio, though I’m always open to questions, suggestions, comments, and ideas!

*Music for Little Mozarts – dry erase boards
*Dozen a Day – several levels
*Theory Time – several levels
*John Thompson’s Modern Course for the Piano – several levels
*John Thompson’ Popular Piano Solos – several levels
*Alfred’s Premier Piano Course – several levels… lesson, performance, technique, theory
*Sight Reading & Rhythm Every Day – several levels
*Faber Piano Adventures – several levels (lesson, performance, technique)
*Alfred Masterwork Classics with CDs – several levels
*Fundamentals of Piano Theory – several levels by Keith Snell
*My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner – lesson, writing, Christmas
*Write Play and Hear Your Theory Every Day – by Helen Marlais
*One Page Composer Bios (50) – Alfred
*Alfred & Faber Adult All-in-One Piano Books
*Composer card game
*a book for me to read “Making Music and Enriching Lives” – it’s wonderful!
*Singing Lessons for Little Singers – Young Beginner Series

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