April 2011

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

April 30, 2011

Kat Fulton just recently asked me how I dealt with copyright issues for this cover song, and I thought you might want to be let in on the resource I use, too.  Copyright laws can be complicated and confusing…I don’t even pretend to understand them all. But what I do know is that there is […]

Friday Fave: Here Comes the Sun

April 29, 2011

You’d think that by this point in April, I’d have already enjoyed quite a few sunny days here in central Illinois…but unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case.  Although we’ve been spared the terrible storms and tornadoes that have devastated many other states, this spring will NOT go down in my book as a pleasant one, […]

The Rainbow Connection

April 28, 2011

When I was little, I’d sit in front of the TV on Saturday mornings just waiting for the music video of Kermit the Frog singing “The Rainbow Connection” to come on.  From the first time I heard it, that song had a special place in my heart…and it still does. “The Rainbow Connection” can be […]

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

April 27, 2011

I have a piano student who would like nothing more than to dive right into each piece, skipping all the intermediate steps and playing both hands together the first time he lays eyes on it. This, of course, causes lots of frustration for him (and me). “Slow and steady” is a term I’m always using […]

Studio Renovation: Progress Update #3

April 26, 2011

Please note that this is NOT a picture of my new waiting room.  But these ARE the new couches I just purchased for it…minus the horribly patterned pillows (yuck!). This past Saturday, my mom and I went shopping with the goal of finding the perfect waiting room furniture.  You know when you have a mental […]

Choosing a Graduation Song…Help!

April 25, 2011

One of my favorite parts of being in high school show choir was singing at graduation every year.  It was always a little bittersweet, especially the year I graduated, but I loved it.  I’m not in school anymore, obviously, but I still get to sing at my students’ graduation. Every May, one of my job […]

Sunday Singalong: Easter Edition

April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!  After singing with my church choir in two services this morning, I’m looking forward to relaxing with my family and enjoying some yummy food.  Maybe we’ll even dye some Easter eggs — I’m feeling inspired by this song! I’m keeping this short today, because I know that many of us have plans on […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

April 23, 2011

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of writing a custom song for one of my favorite customers (hi, Rene!) titled Mammals in the Water. Rene is using this song with her class of pre-kindergarten students, so she went a step further and created a visual aide to go with it. Today at Listen […]

Friday Fave: Earth Day

April 22, 2011

To tell you the truth, I’m a little bummed that Earth Day falls over Spring Break this year, because I always enjoy singing earth-related songs with my students and watching them go outside and plant trees on this day.  But it’s currently raining cats and dogs, so I doubt there would be much planting going […]

Building Your Personal Brand

April 21, 2011

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to a classroom full of college students about my approach to personal branding.  The instructor just happens to be the mother of one of my piano students, so she has seen first-hand how I’ve built my own personal brand over the last couple of years, both online and […]

April Sponsor Shout-Outs!

April 20, 2011

It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors. If you haven’t visited each and every one of their websites yet, let me tell you…you’re missing out on some fabulous resources! Make Me Musical is a blog and practical resource site created by Susan Seale. Susan […]

Say Cheese! (But Only With Permission)

April 19, 2011

Each time one of my students completes a level in a lesson book, masters a particularly difficult piece, or receives an award in a competition, his or her picture goes up on the studio bulletin board — or “Wall of Fame” as I like to call it. Only my students and their parents see the […]

How I’m Spending My Spring Break

April 18, 2011

After two back-to-back vacations this month (first Scottsdale, then Las Vegas), I’m spending my actual spring break at home.  Because even though there’s no school, I will continue to see my private practice students as usual. So my afternoons and evenings are booked, but there are some things I have planned for my free days.  […]

Sunday Singalong: Eat Like A Rainbow

April 17, 2011

I’ve been singing this song all month, but have yet to get tired of it.  It’s so much fun to sing!  Props to Jay Mankita for writing such a catchy tune that also stresses the importance of healthy eating…something most kids don’t think about on a regular basis. It’s a bit ironic that I’m posting […]

Today at Listen & Learn Plus!

April 16, 2011

Earlier this week, I asked Plus! members on Twitter and Facebook what type of resource they’d like to see posted. Several of them suggested social skills songs, and Natalie Mullis specifically requested a song about taking turns. After looking through my collection, I realized that I haven’t actually written a song on that topic yet. […]

Friday Fave: Evernote

April 15, 2011

I’m a list person, but quite equally a digital junkie.  That’s why I’m always searching for new ways to keep track of my to-dos, as much as I love the good old pen and paper route. Last fall, I stumbled upon and fell in love with Lino It.  I used it for a long time, […]

                      


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