Winter / Spring Shenanigans!

As we began to emerge from the pandemic to the “endemic”, it was a joy to see various activities, that had been put on hold, alive and well again! Kudos to Aurora Music Teachers Association “Achievement Day” participants: Jenna and Bo Winn, and Austin Eichelberger! They performed for a judge and took music theory tests,Continue reading “Winter / Spring Shenanigans!”

No Stopping the Music!

What’s been happening since this pandemic started? Well, a lot! Thankfully, the music never stopped. We had Zoom recitals, YouTube recitals, the first and second annual international “Play Music on the Porch” events, a virtual multi-arts Prokofiev event, lots of Facetime / Zoom lessons, the Rising Stars Solo Competition, and plenty of “Rainbow candy” toContinue reading “No Stopping the Music!”

Prince Ivan and the Frog Princess NOW ON YOUTUBE!

I am so proud of AMMON RUSSELL, BECKY BARTON, and TAYLOR MCNEIL for their participation in this Aurora Music Teachers production of Prince Ivan and the Frog Princess, set to Prokofiev’s Music for Children, Op. 65. This huge project is courtesy of many teachers and students, and we are especially grateful for the hard workContinue reading “Prince Ivan and the Frog Princess NOW ON YOUTUBE!”

Play Music on the Porch We Did!

A big thank you for all who participated in our piece of the worldwide event, “Play Music on the Porch Day 2020.” We enjoyed Beethoven, Sibelius, Alicia Keys, Scott Joplin, and “Popular” from the musical, “Wicked,” just to name a few. And donuts, of course! This great idea originated in 2013 when founder Brian MallmanContinue reading “Play Music on the Porch We Did!”

Puzzle Talk and Patience

It’s that time of year when the scheduling puzzle begins – piano lessons, sports, dance, church youth nights, and now ever-changing school situations! As new empty nesters, after six children and 32 years of coordinating those new fall schedules, my husband and I are feeling for you parents. Emotions can run high with all ofContinue reading “Puzzle Talk and Patience”

Successes from Online Lessons

It’s Friday, and as I complete my last lesson of the week, I am taken aback as I write at the end of my weekly notes, “End of Week 18.” I’ve been teaching virtually for eighteen weeks now? Not something I would have anticipated, but here we are. As I look at ways to openContinue reading “Successes from Online Lessons”