The Gift of Great Students

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to teach so many talented, kind, energetic, and musically curious children. I’ve also been fortunate to see many of these children who come to me when they are 5 or 6 grow into young adults with a very sophisticated sense of music. I thought I would post a […]

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Quote to Ponder

The ‘magic number’ is the number of times you practice a spot after getting it exactly the way you want it. — Margaret Elson, Passionate Practice (Regent Press, 2002).

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KinderGuitar Spring Concert 2016

Once again I’ve been inspired by all of the young performers who participated in the KinderGuitar Spring Concerts. The programs keep getting better – music by Domeniconi, Lauro, Bach, Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Albeniz, and others! Thanks to all the parents who continue to place music on the list of priorities at home.

 

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IMPROVISATION

In addition to developing our musicianship skills through listening, playing, and practicing, I’m spending some time helping my students develop some improvisation skills, or as I like to call it “noodling” skills, in class this fall. Once your child is advanced enough to play the notes of their first songs confidently, the guitar holds […]

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INDIRECT PROGRESS

Several weeks ago, I had a very talented student work on a difficult section of a piece she was preparing. We went through it slowly, broke it down into bite size pieces, sang it the way she wanted to play it, considered many, many fingerings for the left hand and right hand, kept at […]