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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I joined an amateur orchestra. I’ve actually been having a lot of fun with it. I wasn’t completely sure I’d like it when I joined but it’s been giving me that musical challenge I want.

The first week I was given two pieces to learn. The first was written […]

By |March 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Worst Pies in London

This past weekend Dwayne and I had the opportunity to go see the musical Sweeney Todd, put on by the McMaster Musical Theatre. A good friend of mine was playing piano in the orchestra so naturally I had to go. Also, we’d seen MMT’s production of Fiddler on the Roof last year so I knew […]

By |March 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

20 Years

Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes about 10,000 hours to achieve mastery at a field. Let’s think about that for a minute. 10,000 hours of piano practice to become a master at the piano? That’s forty hours a week for five years. I’m assuming most of us if not all of us don’t get forty […]

By |February 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Second Go

There’s a special place in my heart for the hard copies of the music in my iTunes playlists. I’m very much into thrift shopping and when I go usually my first stop is the CD racks. I have found a great many treasures there that now find their home on my own specially organized shelves […]

By |February 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Your Love is a Song

I can’t say I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. I think its sweet to tell people you love them and it is nice to have a day devoted to that but I mean my Valentine’s Day is July 11, 2014,  the day I married my best friend. That being said, I AM a sucker for […]

By |February 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Writing to Reach You

Theory.

I bet some of you just cringed when you read that word. I used to be one of those people. I’d go to my piano lessons as a kid and be doing my theory homework in the car on the way there. Sometimes I wouldn’t even start until the drive was half over. As I […]

By |February 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Never Change

As most of you probably know about me, I grew up in a Dutch family. Both my parents grew up in The Netherlands and immigrated to Canada later in life. Because of that I grew up learning a lot of Dutch kids’ songs and lullabies. Every so often I find myself singing the ones that […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thinking Out Loud

Just a short post today about what I’ve been doing musically lately.

During my three years at Mohawk I really focused on Royal Conservatory grade 9 level music. I also learned a lot about harmony and counterpoint and all kinds of topics that we can get into on this blog someday. Having learned all that, you […]

By |January 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Behind the Scenes #2: Child Lessons

Another week has flown by and another Thursday has come. As promised today’s blog post is going to bring you behind the scenes of a child’s lesson.

Before you even climb the stairs to my apartment and knock on the door, your child’s lesson is already in the works. Each lesson is carefully planned to each […]

By |January 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Behind the Scenes #1: Adult Lessons

It’s a new year! The holidays are over and that means getting back into the swing of things for most of us. I’m excited to be starting this year with a few new students and I welcome any more coming my way!

Are you curious as to what happens in a piano lesson?  I thought I’d […]

By |January 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments