Chord Scrabble

The occasional break can be a very good thing. It gets us out of our ruts,…


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,…


Memory Spots

These days, it’s all about recital preparation. Honestly, this is not always my…


Bad Choices

Last Tuesday was ten-year-old Noah’s first lesson of the school year. He is…


Over the Boat

Composer Alice Parker tells this story about the years when she was working…


Hee-Haw

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


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…