Thanks for the "rest!"

After quite the long hiatus, I have decided that I need to return to the Teaching Studio! I am not sure how often I will be posting, but I have so many piano-related things on my mind that I probably need to write them down anyway. Plus, I miss it! I have been lurking around the music blog-o-sphere for awhile and thought it was time to show my face again! Thanks for the rest, readers o' mine!

I have been quite busy for the past few months - of course, having a baby will do that to you!

Aside from taking care of my little family and adjusting to life with two little ones, I have been teaching a lot! My students had a great recital in December - I even ambitiously decided (a week before the recital) to play Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu after not playing it for quite some time, and it went pretty well! My studio is just about as full as I want it, and I am just loving it.

I have also been SUPER busy planning, preparing for and teaching an amazingly fun preschool music class with a good friend and colleague of mine. We spent hours coming up with ideas, cutting lots of little things out (which our husbands teased us relentlessly about), making little crafts, writing lyrics to classical songs by Vivaldi, Smetana and others - and the class was a huge success. I loved it. My son loved it. We're probably going to be planning a level two course pretty soon. And I probably will be sharing some fun ideas - so stay tuned!

In the meantime, here is a fun little tidbit....we needed something for the kids to sit on to help keep things orderly and manageable in the class. We came up with these fun musical rest mats...(iron-on transfers are my new favorite thing!!)

Happy (belated) New Year...and welcome back to The Teaching Studio!


BusyB said...

Love the iron on rests!! Welcome back, I missed your discussion of classical pieces.

Heidi said...

Your little girl is adorable! I'd love to see the lyrics you wrote for Classical pieces.

maria said...

I used regular placemats from garage sales for my preschool music classes (which I thought was a great example of teacherly cleverness) but these are way cuter.

Anonymous said...

WELCOME back - you've been missed! So great to see pictures of your family and students. I also would love to see words to your classical pieces!
Blessings in the New Year!

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