I hope you all enjoyed a great summer. Mine was busier than expected but I’m back to my usual groove and ready to start another Piano Play-Along! Who’s ready?
We’re voting on topics over at the Piano Play-Along Facebook discussion group, but please vote here in the COMMENTS below if you don’t belong to that group.
And SURPRISE! This time we’re going to have LIVE BROADCAST with the Play-Along. You’ll see me broadcasting LIVE on your phone or tablet and you can interact with me. I’ll show you soon how that works (so easy!) and it comes at no cost to you!
More on this later, so select from these PLAY ALONG choices by SUNDAY EVENING, Sept. 13 if you can. I’ll announce the winning topic on Monday.
1. VINTAGE PRIMER Play Along – I love using certain oldie primers as supplements for my beginners and I’ll give you a tour of one of my favorites.
2. “GET in SHAPE” Play Along – We’ll all practice a certain intermediate-level piece or etude for 2 weeks and then share our discoveries and inquiries with each other via the LIVE VIDEO chats, plus here on the blog, and maybe a little on IG.
Sound good? Are you in? VOTE for #1 or #2. Can’t wait to interact with everyone via LIVE BROADCASTING!
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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Hope to see ya there!
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?
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SEE YOU at MusicEdConnect.com!