Monday, February 28, 2011

Thoughts of Spring

Thoughts of Spring is a new piece I have written. It has a lot of four note arpeggios and would be great for working with an early intermediate student on developing fingering.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Reading

As I have stated in a previous post, I think reading is important. Beyond the multiple books I'm currently reading, I also spend time each week reading blog posts on blogs that I follow and posts that are mentioned in tweets.

Here are five articles that stood out to me this week (in no particular order). This week's reading selections address aspects of working as a freelancer (also great advice for anyone who is self-employed) and social media.
How about you?  Did you read anything that stood out to you this week?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

iPhone Apps that I Have Found Useful

I use quite a few iPhone applications in connection to my music studio.  Here is a list of the ones that I have found helpful.

Awesome Note - by Bridworks
This app is more than just a great to-do list or notepad.  I use it to keep track of upcoming projects, marketing ideas, my shopping list, and business expenses.  It is really easy to customize for your individual needs and preferences.  Color code your folders, look at tasks on the built-in calendar, and customize fonts.  Need your information in a different format?  Each note can be sent via e-mail or can be printed.  In addition, keep all your information backed up by syncing your folders with either Google Docs or Evernote.
The lite version is free, but in my opinion, the $3.99 is worth it for the full app.
For more information, visit

Steinway Metronome - by Steinway & Sons (free)
I have found this metronome to be one of the cleanest and easiest to use.  Comes with various time signature settings.
For more information, visit

Guitar Tuner - by Alvin Yu (free)
Simple, easy to use guitar tuner.  Comes with the option to select different tunings.
For more information, visit

Practice Lite - by Sean O'Kelley (free)
Gives you a random scale to play.  A great way to mix up what you are practicing.  Also, a great way to start off each lesson - have your student play a scale to warm up before starting into the lesson.
For more information, visit

Question for you: What applications have you found useful for your studio?

Friday, February 11, 2011

C. S. Lewis on Teaching

"It has always therefore been one of my main endeavours as a teacher to persuade the young that firsthand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than secondhand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire." ~ C. S. Lewis

in his introduction to Athanasius: On the Incarnation
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