Alone

Alone

This is a letter that my colleague, Julian Fisher, director of the Toronto School for Strings and Piano, kindly allowed me to share on the blog. The letter was eloquently written to Julian by an adult music student. The event described happened over a decade ago at the student’s Royal Conservatory of Music viola exam, in which […]

5 Tips for Adult Beginners at the Piano

5 Tips for Adult Beginners at the Piano

Congratulations! You’ve made the leap of taking up piano lessons again after so many years of not playing. Or perhaps you’ve never taken lessons before and now it’s actually happening. Whatever the case, you find yourself at the beginning of your journey at the piano; it’s incredibly exciting and daunting at the same time. You’ve […]

5 Children’s Music Books

5 Children’s Music Books

I’ve been lending children’s music books from my collection to students throughout the year. I asked students and parents in my studio to name their favourite books thus far. Here’s a list of 5 of them. Have you heard of these? Read on! 1. The Nutcracker Retold by: Stephanie Spinner Illustrated by: Peter Malone CD […]

5 Reasons to Support Canadian Music

5 Reasons to Support Canadian Music

In a week from now, several of my students will be participating in Contemporary Showcase Toronto, a festival that is part of the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects (ACNMP). There are tons of music festivals out there, but this one is special for several reasons: It is non-competitive (i.e. there are no marks or 1st/2nd […]