December 2011

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December 31, 2011

There are a few words that come to mind when I think about New Year’s Eve: party, celebration, fun, friends. But the most important one — and I think you’ll agree with me on this — is safety. Of course, wearing our seatbelts is a no-brainer 100% of the time, but it’s especially critical tonight […]

Friday Fave: New Year’s Eve Weekend

December 30, 2011

How can it be that this is the last weekend of 2011? This year seemed to fly by, and now it is coming to an end. Luckily, these final two days are gonna be good ones! I’ve always thought New Year’s Eve is a little overrated, but you can’t go wrong with plans that involve […]

End of the Year Office Organization

December 29, 2011

At this time every year, I put aside a few hours to declutter, file, reorganize, and purge my office/studio. You’d be surprised at how many stacks of paper, receipts, and music books I’ve found stashed all over. It feels so good to start the new year with a newly organized work space! Here are a […]

2011: The Year in Review

December 28, 2011

With just four days remaining in 2011, it’s time to take a look back at what has happened this year, both personally and professionally (as I did in 2009 and 2010). 2011 will go down as a life-changing year in my book, to be sure. I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions or […]

A Very Ukulele Christmas

December 27, 2011

My parents thought I was a little nuts when I told them all I wanted for Christmas was a new ukulele. I had fun learning on my $60 soprano uke, but was ready to upgrade to something a little more sturdy — and more importantly, a uke I could plug in to a sound system […]

A Festive Music Therapy Interview

December 26, 2011

One morning in late November, I spent some time at the Capitol Radio Group studios recording an interview for Bob Murray’s Focus show. Amidst all of the Christmas chaos yesterday, I completely forgot to spread the word about the interview airing — I didn’t even remember to tune in myself! Luckily, I have the digital […]

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! I’ve been busy this week wrapping up the year in my studio and spending time with my friends and family…all of which means no new Sunday Singalong video this week. But I have something special to share with you tomorrow which will hopefully make up for that! Until […]

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December 24, 2011

A few days ago, I told you about the Christmas gift I gave to my students this year. The “keep calm” affirmations were a hit in my studio, which is why I’m sharing them with you today. Pictured above are the 4×6 pictures I created after being inspired by something similar on Etsy. Members of […]

Friday Fave: A Holiday Radio Appearance

December 23, 2011

My week kicked off with a stop at The Hoogland Center for the Arts, which is THE place for all things artistic — dance, theater, visual art, music, and more. The building houses many of the arts organizations in Springfield, and is vital to our community. Unfortunately, the Hoogland Center is in desparate need of […]

Giving Students the Gift of Calm

December 22, 2011

Every year, I struggle with what to give my students as a token of my appreciation for their hard work when the holidays roll around. This year was no different, but as it turns out, I didn’t have to look any further than the top of my piano. These framed signs (which I wrote about […]

December Sponsor Shout-Outs!

December 21, 2011

It’s time once again to give you the run-down of all of the wonderful Listen & Learn sponsors. I’m extremely proud to feature all of the following resources here on the blog — please take a few minutes to check them out below: I’m thrilled to welcome the newest Listen & Learn Sponsor: A Perfect […]

Student Spotlight: “O Christmas Tree”

December 20, 2011

I love everything about the holidays: giving gifts, singing Christmas songs, the general cheeriness of the season. But putting up my Christmas tree and seeing it all lit up at night is probably what I look forward to most every year. Matthew agrees with me on that, which is why he chose to include “O […]

Part 2: Using the Guitar and Music Education to Enhance Childrens’ Cognitive Development

December 19, 2011

This is the second of a two-part article series by guest author Aaron Schulman. You can read part one here. In the previous article of this series, we discussed the importance of music in developing cognitive abilities in young children. Now let’s take a look at some practical ways or methods to implement the process […]

Sunday Singalong: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer

December 18, 2011

The other day as I was getting ready for work, this song came on the radio. Before I knew it, there I was — performing the accompanying show choir moves I learned in middle school. 15 years ago. I posted about it on Facebook, only to find out that I wasn’t the only former Generalette […]

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December 17, 2011

We may have reached the midpoint of December. but it ain’t over yet! I know I still have one more week of students before enjoying a little holiday break, which is why I’ve been browsing my archives for last-minute song and session ideas. “The December Song” is a staple during the calendar portion of music […]

Friday Fave: Music Pasta

December 16, 2011

I consider myself quite lucky to provide music therapy and lessons to such an amazing bunch of students. The sweet, thoughtful gifts that many of them (along with their families) give me during the holidays are completely unnecessary, but always very much appreciated. And some are just too cool not to share with you! Take, […]

                      


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