1/11/13

My Recommendations

I don't know about you, but I love reading and learning about pedagogy, different teaching methods, and anything having to do with music. And it's great, because each different season of life I am in I am interested in some different facet of music education. Right now I am focused more on learning about early music education, since I have young children of my own!

I wanted to have a place where I could give my recommendations on pedagogy and other music books that have really helped me become a better teacher or that I have really enjoyed. I will gradually be working on updating my "I Recommend..." page to include my favorites, and I hope that some of these will help you as you strive to be a better teacher as well! Instead of just a big list, I am trying to include reasons why I like each book, and what some of my favorite sections were.

And since I am one of those people who always has a big stack of books to read (instead of just one at a time) and who has a huge wish list of books to read, I will also have a "Books to Read" section, of books that I have not yet read myself but that look interesting to me :)

My latest book I picked up is "More Than Music: Studying Suzuki Piano." I figured I didn't really know much about Suzuki's methods, and since it is very relevant to young children I thought I'd give it a read. So far I love it (at least the few pages I have read since I started it yesterday!). 

What books about music have you enjoyed recently?




1/9/13

Music Totes & New Years Practicing Resolutions!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. And oh, by the way...remember me? :) It's been awhile! I'm so happy to be back today to show you some super cute music totes that are perfect for carrying those piano books around. 

I remember when I was about six or seven, my Mom made my sister and I tote bags for our piano books. Mine was lined with pink fabric and had a pink apple painted on the outside pocket. I sure got a lot of good use out of that bag, and I still treasure it today! 

Margaret from Southpaw Crafts contacted me about trying out one of her cute music totes and I was so excited! I love this "Piano Gal" tote and have put it to use holding all of the current piano music I am working on (New Years practicing resolution, anyone??). (Speaking of practicing, one of my dear teachers always told me that I should always be working on a Bach Prelude and Fugue and a Beethoven Sonata - so inside my tote bag I've got my trusty Well-Tempered Clavier to learn Fugue #1, which I love but have never learned, Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata 3rd movement - my kids LOVE to sing along! - and a Chopin Scherzo for good measure!)



Anyway, back to Southpaw Crafts - Margaret has a nice variety of quality music totes in her Etsy shop. I love the cute sayings, such as "Keep Calm and Practice On," and the simple look of the black and white vinyl lettering and graphics. These are so fun for students - I think having a fun bag for their music and flashcards is a nice motivator! She also has some other cute music-related items in her shop, including some cute "rest" throw pillows (perfect for your studio's waiting room!) and a kitchen "staff" apron. Head on over to her shop and check it out! Also, she let me know that she will be hosting a giveaway on her Facebook page, so be sure to "like" it to get all the details.

Happy practicing!

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