Thanks to all of you who have e-mailed, texted, or left comments to find out how I’m doing. I am so grateful for each of you! Just so you know, I did not drop off the face of the earth. I wish I had time to write the whole story (stay tuned for the book! ), but here’s a very brief synopsis of what has been going on in my life the last nine weeks.
On August 21, God brought Julian Weber to my doorstep. Literally. He spent about 5 hours talking with my dad, sharing his story, and ultimately asking for permission to pursue a relationship with me. Life has been a whirlwind since that day, and as of October 4, I am engaged to a man I have come to love with all my heart.
Through many challenges leading up to and following the death of his first wife, God has walked with Julian and his four children (whom I have also grown to love very dearly!) and brought amazing redemption and restoration in his life. Though different on the surface, God has so faithfully and lovingly walked with me for 30+ years, building a foundation in my life and preparing me for this exciting new adventure! We praise God for all that He has done and is doing in our lives, and would love your prayers as we prepare for our wedding on December 21.
“This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” Psalm 118:23
In light of this, I hope you’ll forgive my long absence from the blog and any negligence in responding to e-mails. It’s about all I can do to keep up with the studio and teaching, various other responsibilities, planning a wedding, and preparing to be a wife and mother in a couple of months. But I am loving the adventure and am confident that this is what God has called me to do. I do look forward to continuing Music Matters Blog, and have so much I’d love to share with you as soon as I am able!
There have been lots of exciting things going on in my life lately – so much so, that I’ve completely neglected this blog for a few weeks. But don’t worry, I’ll be back and I’ll fill you in on everything soon!
In the meantime, several readers have e-mailed me recently to let me know that for some reason they stopped receiving e-mails with the posts from Music Matters Blog. The service I have been using (Feedburner) is no longer working very effectively, so I’ve set up an RSS feed through my MailChimp account. If you would like to receive an e-mail in your inbox each day that Music Matters Blog is updated, just fill out the form to the right and select the “yes” option under “Daily Blog Email?” Or you can click on this link and fill in additional information about yourself and your studio.
After posting about Beth’s studio trailer last week, I thought it would be great to start a category in the Community section of Music Matters Blog for Studio Trailers. I already added one additional [super cool!] one from Jennifer Foxx about her studio practice incentive theme last year. If you have one you’d like to add to our collection, just send an e-mail to our Community Manager, Julia, and we’ll get it added!
Even though I’ve switched over to primarily using Piano Safari as my beginning method for new piano students, it’s still really helpful to gather other ideas and perspectives for introducing new students to piano lessons. The Fabers have put together a step-by-step First Lesson Plan for their My First Piano Adventures series. I really appreciate their emphasis on making piano lessons a multi-sensory, interactive, and enriching musical experience. It reminds me of this quote I recently came across from the renowned educator, Zoltan Kodaly:
“Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime.”
What an incredible thought to keep in mind as we introduce young children to the exciting world of music!
The creative folks over at EasyEarTraining.com have recently launched a Music Teachers Program to provide “special discounts and exclusive offers” on their ear training apps, albums, and ebooks. I always love seeing what they come up with next, and appreciate their devotion to helping all musicians develop a more musical ear in innovative and practical ways!
So…this really makes me want to create a studio trailer, too. Has anyone else created a trailer for their studio? If so, I would love to see it! If you send me a link to it, I think it would be cool to create a compilation of studio trailers!
In doing some blog browsing recently, I came across this fabulous list of piano game resources on Heidi’s Blog! Heidi has organized links to game ideas and materials around the blogosphere according to specific categories: Music Alphabet/Piano Key Names, Note Reading, Musical Terms/Symbols, Rhythm, Whole/Half Step, Accidentals, Enharmonics, Intervals, Ear Training, Stem Placement, Chords, Scales, Key Signatures, Music History, Composition/Improv, and Multi-Concept. I love having resources like this at my fingertips so I can find just the right activity when a student needs to be introduced to a concept or have it reinforced through a fun music game.
The last e-newsletter from The Musician’s Way directing me back to this wonderful post by Gerald Klickstein on “Making the Most of Music Lessons.” Gerald asks, “What’s the central issue in lessons?” He then goes on to state, “Learning. What, then, is the primary role of students? To be adept learners. (Teachers facilitate learning.) So let’s look at what it means to be good at learning.”
Many of you know that I take off the month of August to travel and spend time planning and brainstorming our practice incentive theme for the next year. This article is very helpful as I consider my role as a teacher and how I can effectively equip my students to be good learners. I am starting a lot of new students this year, so I am excited about the prospect of training them to learn well and progress into excellent young pianists!