Another Day, Another Practice

There goes another day, I think as the last student slams the door behind him.…


Travel Lightly

Twenty years later, I still remember this. We had taken an overnight train from…


I Did Some

If there is a *, I totally memorized it. If there is a x, I did some. "What's…


Accountability

Much of the time what my students really need from me is not great pedagogy or…


Summering

We’ve been summering. I first encountered the use of “summer” as a verb in New…


In the Garden

Most days I am convinced my students are on my side, that we share a mutual…


The Proverbial Gold Star

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation. Which means to say, I’ve been…


The Blessed Ordinary

Last night I played Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major with the New Mexico…


Choo-Choo

On Boxing Day, December 26th, I held what has now become a studio tradition:…


Compositional Magic

Really. It started innocently enough. First a bit of background: Most weeks,…