JOIN US! – Susan Paradis and Elizabeth Gutierrez on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at RBC Music Company in lovely San Antonio, TX!
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Elizabeth and Susan
This indispensable seems like a no-brainer, but how many of us really give our studio lighting proper attention?
#5 – GOOD LIGHTING
I used to think that a “proper” piano lamp should be one of these:
While it does look lovely on a grand piano and illuminates the music rack quite well, I later discovered just how hot these little babies get when I accidentally burned my hand on one. Ouch! I learned fast not to reach up and adjust it while it was on (!).
As I started adding more young students to my studio, I began to worry about their little hands reaching up to adjust it and forgetting about my warning to them about the lamp’s heat, so….. I now use this one instead:
OttLite Battery Task Lamp
I originally purchased this compact Ottlite for my needlework (it’s intended for craft work), but it’s been wonderful sitting on the left side of my music rack shining clean “daylight” on sheet music. I can see all the fine print with ease with hardly any glare and almost no heat. And who needs more heat while teaching during a Texas summer?
I also like that this little lamp is energy-efficient and I just fold it down to turn it off like this:
Mine can run on a rechargeable battery so I can move it around to wherever I need it, but not all styles have that feature. It weighs only 4 lbs with a very stable base and so far it hasn’t fallen over. There are some that weigh less, and besides black or white, Ottlite offers them in some cool nifty colors. I purchased a floor lamp style (for almost 1/2 price!) which I now use for my needlework and sewing. Love it!
BEST PRICE: 23.68 to 49.99 for a desktop version at Amazon HERE, depending on the particular features you desire. Joann Fabric and Craft stores has them on sale this week HERE and in their stores. The store will always honor the online price. If you miss the sale, check for weekly coupons at their site. They come in handy!
So do you have a particular lamp you really favor for your studio or studio piano? Please share if so. Remember….be kind to your eyes! And that of your students as well!
Welcome to the new weekly series “Indispensables of Piano Teaching.” Like me you probably have several teaching manipulatives, tools, gadgets, or maybe a reference book that you always find yourself reaching for during lessons. I’ll be sharing one of my “can’t do without” items each week here on the blog for the next several weeks (not games or a specific activity, but an actual tool or gadget that I can’t do without). Please comment if you use any of the same tools and don’t hesitate to tell us how you use them in your studio. And maybe later I’ll highlight one of your favorite tools!
#1 – COLORED HIGHLIGHTER TAPE
I have found more uses for this tape than I could have realized! It’s fantastic for highlighting troublesome spots in a student’s music. You can write on it, see through it, remove it when a problem is corrected, and then reuse it! Students love the colors (pink, green, blue, yellow, red or purple) and I find it the MOST useful in guiding their home practice. Read More
FEBRUARY 4 – 7, 2015
For the second year, 15 nationally-known presenters are all coming together, in a powerful LIVE online event, focused on one thing – getting you inspired and motivated for teaching in 2015!
The MusicEdConnect ONLINE national conference is hosted by Michelle Sisler and her team from Keys to the Imagination and she has gathered a top-tier list of experts that include Scott McBride Smith, Leila Viss, Jennifer Fox, Fred Karpoff and more!
How Do You Participate? Register HERE and then VIEW LIVE on Feb. 4-7 from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device. If you can’t make it, you get to view later on your own time (thru Dec. 31, 2015)
Any Other Benefits? No travel expenses! Network with other teachers around the world. Visit exhibits. See new products. Take advantage of conference-only specials.
Cost? Less than $130, depending on which option you choose.
COUPON CODE! PCPT blog followers receive a $10 discount on registration NOW thru Friday, Jan. 23 at midnight! Just use coupon code: “EG1” at registration.
SAVE $20 BY DOING THIS…..BEFORE MIDNIGHT on TUESDAY, Jan. 20! Head over to INSTAGRAM on your mobile phone or tablet and FOLLOW me, Elizabeth Gutierrez. Enter “@pianoprof” in the search box and you’ll find me. Click on “Follow” and then click on the photo of the MusicEdConnect event to view your $20 discount code! Give me a shout-out (comment) when you get there, OK?
NEW TO INSTAGRAM ? This LINK will tell you more about IG and what makes it so interesting as a social media tool. You can download the app for FREE at the App Store.
SEE YOU at MusicEdConnect.com!
Many apologies for not posting in almost 2 months! I know many of you have been wondering what happened to our Bartok Play-Along. GOOD NEWS! – it will resume the first week of January 2015 and I promise, we will indeed finish the entire set! 🙂
So where have I been? Well….an opportunity to create some new piano materials arose and I’ve been busy writing and arranging like mad. I am pleased to announce that I am editing and arranging piano publications for a new digital piano publishing firm , Piano Passport. There is so much coming up in 2015 that I’m ready to bust my buttons!
* View the first 4 Piano Passport publications here and read about the focus of the company: www.pianopassport.com
* Please LIKE the Piano Passport Facebook page here, and share, share, share!: www.facebook.com/pianopassport
* And sign up for the Piano Passport email list here. There will be discount opportunities for subscribers. Emails will not be shared.:
Many of you may know I’ve been an avid researcher and proponent for Latin American piano music. Here is one of my discoveries from Brazil that is now in print via Piano Passport. It will lift your spirits and start your toes tapping. It’s not nearly as difficult as it sounds. My students at the high-school level have really enjoyed it. Great rhythmic training and students never tire of it. Enjoy!
Tango Brasileiro by Alexandre Levy
Wishing you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and a joyous NEW YEAR filled with beautiful music!