Fermata Practice

On Wednesday Mark came into his lesson with this announcement. “So I really,…


Holiday Practices

Some years ago Matt interrupted my early morning reading over a cup of coffee…


All Fall

One of my Christmas cacti is in full bloom. Meanwhile, my lilac bush outside is…


Ghosting

Last week a student asked me, “Miss Amy, what are you going to be for…


Hee-Haw

We are not supposed to have favorite students. But one of my not favorite…


Porridge

Remember “Pease Porridge Hot?” Pease porridge hot
. Pease porridge cold
. Pease…


Taking Dictation

Last week ten-year-old Nicholas arrived for his lesson.  Before I could even…


Selma

The composition assignment in the studio this week is to take a favorite book…


Without a Book

First, a disclaimer: I don’t like to cook. Alas, I like to eat, and so I do…


Cat Hunt!

“Cat hunt!” screamed our six-year-old nephew Felix every time he ran up the…