Piano for pre-schoolers

I’ve been asked what I think about piano lessons for pre-school children. I believe that starting too young in formal lessons can actually be a setback. If a child is being taught beyond their developmental abilities, it can just become a frustration for them, leading to discouragement, and potentially hurt their future interest in music. Also, pre-schooler’s hands are really…

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It takes time

I’ve put a lot of time into trying to organize my world and read a lot about personal productivity. Always with the mindset that I am not accomplishing all I could, and am dropping balls. Perhaps you feel the same way about your piano practicing and playing. But this quote from Howard Thurman on the Inward/Outward site says that there…

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I’m a good parent

As a parent, you always have a vague suspicion that you aren’t doing as good as you want. So it warmed my heart to discover that my daughter wanted a Beatles CD for Christmas. And now, my younger children are discovering the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. I’m not such a bad parent after all.

Bob Moog synthesizer maker dies at 71

From Slashdot.org Sigalarm writes “CNN is reporting that Synthesizer pioneer and all around vanguard of electronic music, Bob Moog, has passed away at age 71. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument – a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesizer”, in 1964. He was the first to bring the electronic synthesizer within reach…

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Smile

I’m pretty good at obsessing. I’ve practiced it for years, and when you practice something you get good at it. My current obsession is Brian Wilson’s (Beach Boys) new album Smile. First of all, the music is excellent. This album is the follow up to the Beach Boys Pet Sounds. But what pushes the album over the edge for me…

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