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 […]

Resource Review: “Bird & Diz”

Resource Review: “Bird & Diz”

​​Title: Bird & Diz Author: Gary Golio Illustrator: Ed Young Language: English Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication Date: 2015 ISBN Number: 978-0-7636-6660-6 Type of Resource: Hardcover Picture Book Where to find it: Amazon Age: 4+ Themes: Jazz, Biographies, Musical piece, Feelings   Publisher’s Synopsis: An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist improvise a playful tribute to […]

Resource Review: “The Story of Music in Cartoon”

Resource Review: “The Story of Music in Cartoon”

Title: “The Story of Music in Cartoon” Authors and Illustrators: Bernard Deyries and Denys Lémery English translator: Michael Sadler Language: English (originally in French) Publisher: Arco Publishing Inc. Publication date: 1983 ISBN number: 0-668-05592-8 Number of pages: 144 Type of resource: Hardcover book, Graphic Novel Where to find it: Amazon, Used bookstores Age: 9-16 Themes: Music History, Composers   Publisher’s Synopsis: In vivid color, this history of music […]

Top 10 Reasons to Take Piano Lessons

Top 10 Reasons to Take Piano Lessons

  Why should anyone take piano lessons? Here’s why: 1. Piano lessons develop life skills. Piano students learn listening skills, concentration, goal setting skills, self discipline – these are skills that are applicable to life outside the piano studio, whether it be in daily life, at school, or at the workplace. 2. Piano lessons develop both […]