Halloween Festival 2015

This last Saturday was my Halloween Festival. I was a little nervous weather wise if #1 it would be too hot (We are still getting 90 degree weather here in AZ- Crazy!) and #2 if it would rain during the festival. It ended up raining all morning long and then there was a break in the afternoon when the festival was. And I’m not kidding you, as soon as the last family stepped inside (I open the doors to have everyone go outside to eat goodies) it started pouring. So it all worked out. Though warmer than I would have […]

Review: Ghosts and Goblins and Freaks and Ghouls

Just in time for Halloween, Jerald Simon has released a new book, Ghosts and Goblins and Freaks and Ghouls. This fun and ‘scary’ book is perfect to use for halloween performances or just fun pieces to supplement and learn. Just like Platinum, all the pieces in this book were part of his “Cool Songs Annual Subscription”. Ghosts and Goblins and Freaks and Ghouls are written for the early intermediate to late intermediate student in mind. Every piece comes with three MP3s that are fun to play along with and would really add some extra spookiness to a performance. And each one has a […]

Be Our Guest: Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, Oh My!

I’m really excited to introduce our guest this month. Sarah Lyngra will be blogging about online lessons. She has a lot of experience in this so you will want to read her post! Also I would highly recommend her online course available at TeachPianoOnline.com. The course, Create Effective Lesson Make-up Videos in 45 Minutes or Less was very helpful as I started doing make-up video lessons this year. (See blog post here.) There were several tips that I learned that I hadn’t thought of. Sarah has more courses in the works so check back often! And be sure to sign up for […]

A Spooktacular Giveaway!

Halloween is around the corner and if you haven’t already started, it’s time for the ghouls and goblins in our studio to start learning Halloween pieces! I personally hold a Halloween Festival in my studio so my students have been choosing their pieces to play and are getting excited to perform next month! Daniel McFarlane has a new Halloween Mega Pack available that is PERFECT to use with your students for Halloween (and frankly most of these pieces are fun to play anytime of the year). What makes this Mega Pack super SPOOKTACULAR is it includes not only the unlimited reproduction on […]