Paradox of Private v. Public Life of Performers

September 17, 2020

As a performer, I have always struggled with the dichotomy of cherishing my private life, being able to practice and think, walking with dogs, riding horses, tending animals and gardens, and keeping my thoughts to myself versus the intense desire to perform, share knowledge and skill as a teacher, and…

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Music Crosses Cultural Boundaries

August 3, 2020

This week I had the pleasure to meet a lovely man from Nigeria. He made a delivery to my home, and he stepped back due to COVID. I told him not to worry, that I trusted my immune system if he did, and that I would greatly appreciate his help…

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July 25, 2020

I love teaching! Yesterday I was doing a Face Time lesson and going through scales, one new and difficult piece, and several review pieces emphasizing different techniques. Here’s the conversation: Me: Do you think it’s a reasonable goal to get the first half of the new piece perfect by next…

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July 9, 2020

TEACHING AND LEARNING… I value my education! Musical, academic, and life above all else, and I learn from every student I teach. It’s a joy to share knowledge and experience, and depending on the student, or students, or an ensemble that I coach or conduct, I modify the approach to…

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The Beauty of the Ballad

July 6, 2020

The beauty of the ballad is that whether through music, words, or visual art it tells a story, usually very personal to the creator. Bach, the Beatles, Esaye, Picasso, Piazzola Carson McCullers, and countless composers, writers, and artists have shared so much of their lives, their loves, their personal experience,…

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July 5, 2020

HISTORY, OLD WORLD AND NEW WORLD! The first part of this blog is about Antonin Dvořák, amazing Czechoslovakian musician, composer, father, and teacher, who not only made incredible and lasting contributions to music and art in his own country, but also in the United States. The second part describes my…

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Weeds Grow Faster Than Trees!

July 2, 2020

It’s amazing how easily weeds grow, and how much time it takes to remove them from gardens and flower beds. Trees, perennials, roses, vegetables, fruits, and herbs require months and years to cultivate. The old adage that most things worth doing take time rings true, not just with gardens, but…

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More About Bernstein…

June 29, 2020

As a teacher, and as someone who believes that good learning habits and practice techniques are established at a very young age, I truly love this video of Bernstein discussing Mahler, rehearsal techniques, the reason that Mahler wrote such extensive notes in his scores, and how meaningful they are to…

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Bernstein Young People’s Concert: Anatomy of an Orchestra

June 28, 2020

Leonard Bernstein: Pianist, Composer, Conductor, Educator I have long admired Leonard Bernstein, one of the most important figures in music in the United States. Best known as the first American music director of the New York Philharmonic, his commitment to the arts, to children, and to education are practically unparalleled.…

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A few thoughts on music and teaching…

June 27, 2020

A few thoughts on music and teaching… Music is a creative medium, which allows performers to establish and emotional and spiritual connection with both the music they play and perform, and with their audience. This connection is intimate, personal, and transcendent. A musical composition comes alive only through performance. Once…

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