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November 2012
November 30, 2012

How to practice your instrument: Part 6

Play with expression Treat everything you play on your instrument as an important piece of music, even if you are just warming up, or flirting, or joking. Something might seem like it’s not important, but it is because it’s all a part of you, the way you tie your shoes, the way you hold your […]

November 25, 2012

Spice Mice Cookies with Mouse Music

  Bake these fun cookies together!  If your children are too young to help you measure out the ingredients, they can certainly help stir the dry ingredients.  Once you have your cookie dough readied, place in the fridge until they’ve finished their math lesson or completed another important task.  Then roll out, shape, and bake!  […]

November 20, 2012

Music to Clean House By!

Who really wants to pick his room?  Or clean the bedroom and bath?  Change out the sheets, dust the window sills?  Well, it all has to be done!  So why not put on some lively music to help energize the family?  We’ve always done a big housecleaning just before Christmas. To get energized we have […]

November 17, 2012

How to practice your instrument: Part 5

Practice hard parts longer. You have to practice longer on things that you can’t play. You know, you’re around the house or at school and you want to show off.  You want everybody to be proud of you, so naturally you’re going to play whatever you can play.  Generally, that will be the easier things. […]

November 14, 2012

Happy Birthday, Aaron Copland!

Copland is one of the most famous American composers of our day. You recall that George Gershwin wanted to study in France with Nadia Boulanger and he got turned down? She was a gifted teacher who knew how to recognize her student’s gifts and guide them into developing them. Well, Copland did get to study […]

November 11, 2012

What story might this piano tell?

During October I was gifted with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with my husband.  I was so excited to be able to explore this treasure trove of a city!  Many hours were spent in the various Smithsonian Museum collections, but even so, I only skimmed the surface.  While in the American History Museum, I […]

November 7, 2012

Which Child is Concentrating?

We’ve been hearing what the famous Wynton Marsalis has to say about practicing your instrument.  And we last read about the importance of concentration. So, which child is concentrating? This little guy?   Or this little guy?  Watch. http://www.youtube.com/v/S0aUC208rO0&feature=g-all-lik Ha, ha!  Best 4 year old ever?  

November 6, 2012

How to Practice Your Instrument: Part 4

  Concentrate when practicing. Concentration is the ability to focus on something without being distracted.  It means that you can clear your mind of other thoughts and channel all of your energies in one direction for extended periods of time. Concentration is an important tool for development in any area, and everyone can develop the ability […]

November 1, 2012

Glories of autumn color….

  While up in Washington, DC last week, I soaked in the glorious reds and golds, rich colors not seen since leaving the North many years ago.  What a soul refreshing lunch break from researching in the DAR Museum to sit out in filtered sunshine, watching golden leaves float down from the heights!  Truly, the […]