MAKE PLAYING THE PIANO SOMETHING YOU'LL DO FOREVER, NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU DO FOR NOW

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Aaron gets ready for his first piano event!

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Updating Notebooks and Key chains

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Josie looks on as Annaliese and I play a duet.

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Delaney plays a Burgmuller piece.

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Caroline plays Sand Castles.

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April plays Lady Bug Waltz.

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Quintin and Isabelle listen to the performances. Isabelle is my youngest student ever! She begins lessons this week.

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Grace and I played Winter Waltz in G minor.

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Annabelle plays a Burgmuller piece.

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Addison plays Seaside Lullaby.

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Molly got some help from a left hand volunteer! Thanks Gracie!

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Annabelle also stepped in to be Molly’s left hand. Its always nice to have a piano buddy nearby!

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April and Josie – piano buddys!

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Molly and Claire- piano buddys!

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Delaney and Annaliese- piano buddys!

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Annabelle runs to get her shoes on in the “shoe game”.

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Shoe mayhem!

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We have our winners: Annabelle, Claire, and Delaney. Each won a $5 Five-Below gift card. Lucky!

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Everyone is hard at work on their practice chains.

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Emily, Aaron, and Sarah pick out their letter beads.

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Grace is working on her chain.

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Claire and Molly work together on their chains.

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April and Josie work together on their chains.

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Molly makes her tag for her practice chain.

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Great job, Abby!!

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Everyone is hard at work.

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Colleen serves ice cream- thanks for being a great teacher-assistant today!

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Isabelle, Quintin, and Addison wait in line to for their make-your-own-sundae….yummmm

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Gracie has the right idea! ICE CREAM!!!

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yummmy, Caroline!!

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Welcome Back to the Studio!

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Welcome to my new students!

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The practice chains look AWESOME!!

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Many hands producing wonderful music this year.

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….and with 3 birthdays coming up. (Look out birthday stickers, here we come!)

It’s almost time for back-to-school and my studio will be gathering together on Sunday for our 5th annual back-to-school party! My returning students start by performing a song for their friends. All of my students (old and new) will be updating their lesson binders, piano key chains, some will receive new materials, meet their new “piano buddy”, make some great sidewalk chalk pictures, play some games, make their own ice cream sundae, and generally have lots of fun!

In the meantime, I am hard at work organizing and getting everything ready for the new school year. In the photo below, I have organized the flashcards I use most often. Photo boxes marked with the contents gives me easy access to topics I may want to cover with a student in their lesson.

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In the meantime, I am still organizing my crafts and other supplies to create some new fun games, have materials ready for our party, and introduce some new fun projects for this year.

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A big hit in my studio are the practice chains. Each year my students begin a new chain at the back-to-school party by adding their name, a handmade treble clef, and some decorative starter beads. Then throughout the course of the school year, they add more beads each week depending on how well they demonstrated a completed assignment. Here are the new practice chains….oh, not much to see right now (they look so lonely), but just wait until after the party… they’ll be AWESOME!

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Ha! Guess what Joseph’s challenge was? ….needless to say, he rocked it!

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Who said summer lessons weren’t fun??

Thank you Colleen!

This week Colleen was co-teacher with me at the St. Margaret’s Vacation Bible School where around 100 children participated in music class along with their other activities. The theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. The children sang 2 large choral pieces and 2 service pieces for the Children’s Mass on Friday. Colleen not only acted as pianists, but she was also organist and teacher for the week and worked with several children’s groups to teach them the lyrics of their songs. She did a fantastic job and anyone who has ever participated in Vacation Bible School know just how much ENERGY and work there is to teaching this many children for 5 days! I could not have done this without her- thank you Colleen!

Colleen is a Junior at Severna Park High School and is a member of the National Association of Music Educator’s Tri-M Honors Music Society.

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Colleen and I taught around 100 children this week!

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Colleen waits for her cue to begin playing during the Children’s Mass on Friday.

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Group 3 were acting as angels during everyone’s favorite song “My Father’s Angels”.

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Colleen teaches several groups of children and assists them in learning lyrics.

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Colleen put in around 5 hours of organ practice and 10 hours of piano practice this week just rehearsing all the pieces!

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My favorite summertime piano key toppers!

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Some cool shades, a few tasty popsicles, and some totally awesome flip flops!

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Don’t you just hate it when you can’t explain the enharmonics of B major and C-flat major?? I know! me, too!

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A very yummy D major scale!…what’s that thing on E?

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A bright and sunny G major scale!

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A very happy E major five finger scale!

Studio Summer Game

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One of these clothespins contains the grand prize of a week of NO HOMEWORK!!

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Annaliese’s Challenge!

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Annaliese plays her challenge

Recital Fun

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