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If you can’t beat them, join them!

Recently I had some students bring the ever popular “fidget spinner” to piano lessons. Now as a parent of a 10 year old, I’m well aware of this phenomenon. If you are a parent or a teacher and you don’t know what it is, you will soon. It has been all the rage for ages […]

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Settle Down, Enjoy the ride.

The beginning of the Fall season and school year is always so busy and overwhelming.  I always look forward to the fall, as it is my favorite time of the year. Pumpkins, coffee, fall leaves. The festivals, the football games, the sights and smells and holidays peeking around the corner. I always look forward to […]

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June

  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 More than a Piano Teacher Piano teachers are a special breed.  We have the ability of all teachers, touching lives with our gifts of knowledge, and wisdom, touching hearts with our love of teaching and people.  […]

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December

Merry Christmas! I hope this time of year finds you in joyous spirits.  Now is the time to enjoy your family, friends, students and colleagues.  This is a good time to reflect on your influence as a teacher.  How has your relationship with your students impacted their success? I know that teachers this time of […]

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November

The Power of Music “This will be our reply to violence: To make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”-Leonard Bernstein      From the beginning of time, music has had the power to move people emotionally. Whether it was church musicians praising God, or troubadors singing of love and life, music is […]

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Music Notes – October

HOW CAN TEACHERS BENEFIT FROM A MASTERCLASS? BY VANESSA CHISLER RECENTLY ETMTA MEMBERS HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING A MASTERCLASS CONDUCTED BY FELLOW MEMBER DR. GJERGJI GAQI.  FIVE ETMTA STUDENTS PERFORMED FOR DR. GAQI AND WERE CRITIQUED ON THEIR PERFORMANCE. DR. GAQI PRESENTED A WARM, PERSONABLE PRESENCE TO THE STUDENTS IN HIS DEMONSTRATIONS. PHRASING, DYNAMICS, […]

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