|My "Monster Bus Fan" with his Favorite Pal|
Friday, June 24, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
I created 12 posters as studio decor to go along with the monthly Piano Quest for Virtues Themes in my Studio last year. My blog posts have been a bit sparse this year with the stress of relocating, but I'm excited for fresh start in my Rexburg Piano Studio and an added bonus is I can utilize this program again soon with all new students.
As I was growing up I like how my dad loved to post inspiring quotes
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Tune Train allows even young children to "play" with music composing in an engaging and intuitive way. Using some preset familiar chord progression templates cleverly couched in different lands such as "Little Lamb Lane" and "Winter Time" even young children can create pleasing melodies and then select a backing track that suits them.
Friday, April 15, 2016
trick or treat rhythm cards in front of each team. I chose one of the rhythms to tap simultaneously on the backs of the last players in line on both teams and they raced to tap the rhythm message up the line so their team player at the front of the line could be the first to correctly identify and snatch the correct rhythm card.
Monday, March 28, 2016
This was the question my 9 year old daughter posed to me this morning as she was gathering information to compose a persuasive essay on her chosen subject: "Playing piano is good for your brain." So after taking notes on this TED-ED video, we explored a little further.
Google led us to this
Google led us to this
Friday, March 4, 2016
Monday, October 19, 2015
I always think of a natural minor scale as a bit sad or melancholy and was surprised to hear one of students announce that he loves playing songs in minor keys.
The #'d 7th tone adds a creepy sounding appeal and of course makes the V7-i progressions sound so much more resolved, which is probably why the majority of minor pieces use the harmonic scale form.
I think of the melodic minor as kind of a "wanna be" major. As the scale ascends, it starts with that distinctive minor flatted 3rd, but then the #6th and #7th tones almost trick you into thinking its a major scale.... until it returns to the natural minor form as it descends.