Baroque Teahouse- Photos


Tricia made all of our beautiful centerpieces. WOW!


The tables looked wonderful.


The food was fabulous- just ask April…..


…and Sarah!


Everyone enjoyed the harpsichord performances by my students and by our guest perfomer, Ellen Winner.


Colleen’s family told me how much they enjoyed the event.


Even the boys enjoyed themselves.


What a great setting for some (non-electronic) quality family-time!


April closed her finger in the car door–OUCH! But she still was excited to perform (with a right-hand-stand-in).


It was a wonderful event!

I want to thank all the parents who helped me so much in putting this event together!! We are already looking forward to next year.

Here’s a special shout-out to some special people who worked very hard behind-the-scenes. Without them, I don’t know how our event would run so seamlessly!

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Baroque Teahouse

My students are proud to present a wonderful event scheduled for this Saturday (photos will follow). They are all very excited to perform Baroque pieces on the harpsichord for everyone attending our annual afternoon high tea called the “Baroque Teahouse”.

Here is the program and information on the instrument:

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Baroque Teahouse program

One Minute Club 2015

This year’s One Minute Club is shaping up like no other. Never before have my students run through all the flashcards so quickly!! Here are the Members of the 2015 One Minute Club and their unbelievable scores:

Claire 27

Delaney 29

Caroline 39

Molly 39

Addison 42

Quintin 47

Sarah 50

Grace 60

And yes, those scores are in SECONDS!

Members of the One Minute Club receive a special treat (for members only) at the June recital. When they complete their third consecutive time at the flashcards in under 60 seconds, they receive the special package shown below.


2015 One Minute Club Treats

One Minute Club previous blog links below:




Membership Cards:

One Minute Club Cards courtesy of Susan Paradis


Congratulations to Annaliese, my March Student of the Month. Annaliese is working on her first year of lessons with me. Although she has previous piano experience, she felt that she was ready to get serious and (in her words) “learn more in the next six months, that she had in the past few years”.

Annaliese has been really focused these past few months and has made tremendous progress. For working hard and actually achieving that goal, she has earned recognition as “Student of the Month”.

Annaliese will have her picture on the Studio Wall of Fame and receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to buy some fun music to play at home or anything else she wants.

I am so proud of her and the work and effort she has put into her lessons. In just a few short weeks, she will starting her first book of classical piano literature. Hip hip, Hurray!

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do:

Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
Have perfect attendance for the month.
Have an encouraging spirit toward other students.
Have a positive attitude in lessons and look ahead in your piano materials.

Congratulations, Molly!

When you see Molly, tell her congratulations on her new little brother, Domenic!



Severna Park High School Junior, Colleen Saunders has recently been accepted into Interlochen’s High School Division Summer Arts Camp for piano. Interlochen Center for the Arts is located in northwest Michigan and is internationally recognized for working with some of the best musicians in the world.

Colleen will spend 6 weeks this summer studying piano performance with distinguished piano faculty from various universities across the US that include Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and the Universities of Michigan and Texas.

Colleen auditioned for her position at Interlochen earlier this year with two memorized pieces- Frederic Chopin’s “Revolutionary” Etude Op. 10 No. 12 and Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Piece “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” Op. 65 No. 6.

Colleen has been studying piano with me for the past 7 years and plays a very active role in the community by sharing her music with others. She was instrumental in bringing a music program to the St. Margaret’s Church Vacation Bible School program held at St. Phillip’s in Annapolis last summer. She taught several groups of children during the week and performed on piano and organ accompanying the 70+ children enrolled in their finale production. She was chosen as the keyboardist for the past two Severna Park High School Musical Theater productions “In the Heights” in 2013 and “Grease” in 2014. She currently practices music therapy at the Hospice of Chesapeake Critical Care Unit by performing for patients and she regularly accompanies the 4th & 5th grade chorus at Belvedere Elementary.

Next month Colleen will be performing various Baroque-era pieces on harpsichord at St. Margaret’s Church in Annapolis at the “Baroque Teahouse” on Saturday April 11. She is currently working on material for her Senior Piano Recital in 2016. Colleen plans to major in Music Therapy in college.


A Little Snow


Well, we had a little snow today, so everyone had the day off from lessons.


So I decided to have a bit of fun in my own backyard!


Earlier this week in the studio, we made pictures out of music. I made a snow picture out of music….who’d have thought that today I’d make music picture out of snow!



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