Help your child build a mental playlist.

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How many songs do you have tucked in your head? From the tapes and CDs (or in my case, 8 tracks and records!) you listened to as a child, to the songs played on the family stereo while your mom or dad worked around the house, to the songs that played on the radio while […] Read more »

Apps! (we’re not talking food here)

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Looking for a fun way to re-enrgize your young musician’s practice time? Check out these awesome apps for iphone or iPad. Music Quest. An app to motivate your child to play at the bench a little longer. My Note Games.  Five awesome games that help children with note naming, identifying patterns by ear and transcribing! I […] Read more »

When a family “bands” together…

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A typical Saturday for me, as a child,  included a ride with my dad or grandfather  (or both) to a local hall with a trailer full of band equipment in tow. My brother and I would help unload the gear and proceed to ask my uncles (and adopted uncle) a bazillion questions. I am quite […] Read more »

E-exams! E for excellent!

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  If you have ever completed a practical music exam (where you play test pieces and technique on an instrument), then you know that apprehensive feeling as you walk into a room with a complete and total stranger to bare your soul with the pieces you have been working to perfect for months. You […] Read more »

Life in the bigger “Box”

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Today was day 3 of classes at the new studio location. (17 Goshen St.) What a wonderful place to welcome students and parents, and what a wonderful place to work! I am thrilled to be teaching in such a spacious, professional, yet “homey” environment. The biggest pay off for the last 3 weeks of exhausting […] Read more »

The Music Box is moving to a new location!

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The Music Box is expanding! After 3 plus years of working out of my home I am pleased to say that we are ready for a larger location. Every day for the past three years, as I was teaching, I could see a building sitting across the road. It was rarely used and full of […] Read more »

Summertime Fun at the Bench (when you can’t be at the beach)

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We are at the halfway point now. July has been enjoyed and August is here ready to offer more summer fun! It is a great time to pay a visit to the lonely ivories and do a little review to ensure a smooth transition into the recommencement of lessons once September hits. Maybe you have […] Read more »

Challenging yourself takes you to new heights!

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Challenges are the spice of life…well for me anyway. A problem to figure out, a skill to master, pushing my limits physically or mentally…any opportunity to grow and learn is my idea of a good time.  I think a life without challenges would be boring, stagnant and lacklustre.  When you conquer a fear, solve a […] Read more »

Dreaming of Carnegie Hall

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I had to share this precious photo sent to me by a “music mom”.  I am sure this little student was overcome with exhaustion after a particularly productive practice session. I wonder if she was dreaming of playing at Carnegie Hall?  

“It’s easier on my keyboard!”

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About a month ago my husband bought me an early Christmas present  – a shiny new Macbook. It is the prettiest little laptop with backlit keys and a glowing apple on the lid. Anyone who has used a Mac (especially a new one) understands the learning curve that I have had to climb to […] Read more »