Friday, August 30, 2013

It's Always Busiest Before a Vacation!

Tomorrow is the day. Wait, let me say that again. TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!!!! My husband and I are leaving for a vacation, and we are so excited about the prospect of resting and relaxing on a quiet beach all week. But why are things busiest just before a vacation? The planning, packing, and preparing to travel are only a few things that have been on our list this week. Not to mention working extra hard in both our jobs trying to help things continue running smoothly while we are gone so we don't have to worry so much about what might be happening while we are away. It's not that we won't be checking in (we both finally upgraded to smartphones this year, and unless we turn them off, we are still in touch with the world around us), we will just be checking in much less frequently and actively.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Music Makes Me Happy Happy Happy {freebie}

Here's a fun freebie poster for you and your students :)

Click the picture to enlarge it, then Right-Click or Control-Click to download and save it. Enjoy!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Transform Your Studio Space on a Budget, Part 3: Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

Today's post is about saving money while doing a music studio makeover. If you haven't read the first two posts, you might be interested in reading the first one here, and the second one here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Transform Your Studio Space on a Budget, Part 2: Pinterest, Etsy, and What Not to Wear

In the first post in this series, I gave you a little background about my studio space and showed some pictures of the space before we painted all the wood paneling. I also included the official "Before Pics" of the space.

In this post, I want to talk about what I wanted the space to become and where I found inspiration.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Transform Your Studio Space on a Budget, Part 1: BEFORE the Before Pics

I've been waiting three years to do this piano studio makeover. Before I tell you about it, let me fill you in on a little background so you get the full picture of what I'm dealing with here.

My husband and I got married three years ago this month. When we got engaged in May 2010, I resigned from my faculty position because we were relocating from Mississippi to Southwest Virginia. The week following our wedding, we loaded the moving truck and traveled to our new home in Virginia. Not only did we combine two entire households, we also added the contents from my university office, where I had been on the music faculty for several years. Needless to say, we had a LOT of stuff to organize!

Friday, August 9, 2013

All Aboard the Tempo Train! Tempo Terms Worksheet Freebie

Enjoy this cute train-themed tempo terms worksheet, available with a brightly-colored background for iPad (or to print!), and a white ink-friendly background. Students will draw a line from the green tempo term to the orange definition.

Corresponding All Aboard the Tempo Train! flash cards are available in the store. The set of flash cards includes 30 train-themed cards with the most well-known tempo terms on them, and 30 train-themed cards with the definitions of those tempo terms on them. This tempo term memory match game could be played in a private or group lesson, and as few or as many of the cards as you like can be used in any game with one or multiple students.