Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn - Reading Together


Welcome to the newest Reading Together series. I'll be posting a summary about our reading each week on Tuesdays. Come join us!

We'll be reading How to Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. You can get a copy from your local library, your favorite bookstore, or pick up a copy from Amazon.

We'll read one chapter a week.
I'll post about the first installment on Tuesday, August 1. That means you have two weeks to get a copy of the book and to read the first chapter.

The great thing about this program is that it allows us to read works together that can help us in our professional development as well as providing a level of accountability and the added interest of comparing notes as we read together.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - The Beauty of an Open String

"'Over the last sixty years,' I began, 'I’ve used words, millions of words, in books, articles, lectures, and countless conversations. But some things cannot be expressed in words alone. Words cannot express my thanks to all of you for coming tonight. Words cannot express my love for Shira, who has stood by me—and put up with me and my music—for all these years. Neither can words express what a blessing my children are. The mere thought of them fills me with joy, amazement, and pride. As my beloved cello teacher Mr. J used to say, "When words leave off, music begins." So tonight I want to express myself in music.'"
(page 266, Kindle Edition)

"As I pulled the bow across the strings, I could feel the 'soul' of the cello emerge and connect with my soul."
(page 269, Kindle Edition)

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

2017 Birthday Giveaway - Winner!

Drumroll, please! I am pleased to announce the winner of my sheet music giveaway: Kathy

Please send me an email at pianolessonsmn (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll send you a copy of Olivia's Song.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Birthday Giveaway!

My blog is celebrating its seventh birthday!

In celebration of this, I'm offering a giveaway of one of my pieces. The giveaway will end at midnight on July 7th, so make sure you enter before then!

To enter, leave a comment below with the title of the piece you would like (see a list of what's available here). One winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by July 10.

Thank you for reading along on this blog.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Late Starters Orchestra - Reading Together - Old and New

"Practicing music is a strange art. You just don’t pick up your instrument and play a song. You have to begin by playing scales, like the most basic C scale. When he was ninety-one, Casals was approached by a student who asked, 'Maestro, why do you continue to practice?' Casals replied, 'Because I am making progress.'"
(page 215, Kindle Edition)

"Think of it, she said, not just as variations in sounds but as different colors. Red was fortissimo (really loud). Orange, forte (loud). Yellow, mezzo forte (medium). Blue, piano. Light blue, pianissimo (quiet)."
(page 251, Kindle Edition)

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