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New Music Season

brain on music 2Summer Vacation is over.  I hope that everyone has fully enjoyed this special time of the year.  And now – let the new school year begin!

Music lessons will start the third week of school – the week of September 12th.  All students from last season have been given priority for registration until September 1st. Registration is now open to all.  


                               It’s now time to register for the coming year!  

Music Notation Give Away

 Imagine composing your own music and being able to see the written version.  There are many software programs that will give you the tools to do just that!  Forte Notation is one of those programs that are easy to use.  And they are temporarily having a free Give Way of the basic App.

Usually FORTE Basic is $ 24, but until September 14 you can download it for FREE. No strings attached whatsoever.  Download here– Forte Notation Software and start writing your own scores today!

Digital Sheet Music

What is better than having instant access to the music that you want to play?  I love the accessibility of the digital download sites.  You have instant downloads – and – you can load it on your tablet to use during lessons.  This is great for sight reading exercises, but also when trying to find new repertoire for a student who just doesn’t know what they want to study!  This is a link to one of the sites that I use.  They have a lot of “freebie” things and you can earn points towards future purchases.  It’s a win win music site!

The Overtone Series


Have you ever wondered how the scales that we use in music were developed?  These scale notes are used in our everyday music.  They also define the chords that we use when harmonizing a melody.

I’ve found this following video and its’ accompanying videos to give a clear explanation and understanding of this scientific fact.  Please watch these YouTube videos and enjoy!

Practising without the Piano

Great ideas to practice on the bus, at your desk and more!

Melanie Spanswick

My most recent article for the Piano Professional Magazine (a publication for piano teachers, published three times a year by EPTA or the European Piano Teachers Association), focuses on working away from the instrument and using the mind to aid learning in a variety of different ways. You can read the original article by clicking on the link at the end. I’ve also added a downloadable practice PDF sheet, 10 Tips for Working without the Piano, which can be printed out for students (at the end of this article). I hope you find it of interest.

Back CameraPractising without an instrument. Just how helpful can this be? To some it might appear a rather curious concept, but as teachers, we know it’s a universally popular practice tool, and for countless pianists, a very effective method of learning.

The masters have routinely praised this form of practice; Polish pianist Artur Rubenstein…

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