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Why Bands are Awesome!

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I think it's fair to assume that most people believe playing in band or orchestra in school is a good experience. And I'd go even farther than that to say any kind of collaborative music playing is good for development. Here's my take on why:

More Apps!

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It's been about 9 months since I did my first Favorite Apps post, and I've definitely had time to explore and discover several other apps that I absolutely love! I have to say technology has given us some great teaching tools, and in doing so opened up many more avenues for presenting material to a wider audience.

I will start off with my new favorite app EVER:

Sunshine & Summertime

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A warm welcome to all of my new summertime students! I am very excited to begin making music with all of you.

Summer is just around the corner, and I am looking forward to another great season. One of the things I really love about summer are the outdoor concerts!

"Play Me, I'm Yours," Los Angeles

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"Play Me, I'm Yours" has been touring internationally since 2008, and right now it's in Los Angeles!
This event was started in 2008 by British artist Luke Jerram, and is being hosted in LA by the LA Chamber Orchestra.

What does this mean? Well, there are 30 pianos, each painted or decorated by a local artist, set up around the LA Area on public outdoor stages.

New Music!

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I know from my own experience, it is always more fun to play a song you've heard before. And its even better when it's a piece that you like, one that gets stuck in your head and has you humming it throughout the day.

Popular music is catchy, fun, and usually upbeat. Best of all, its usually pretty simple when you break it down musically.

In Loving Memory

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Earlier this month, my grandma Britta passed away. From her I get my stubborn Swedish streak, my love for the ocean and piano (and my piano itself!) along with boxes and boxes of sheet music.

I'm Hiring!

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I am booked almost beyond capacity, and still receiving calls for more students on a weekly basis. Due to this high demand I have been receiving, I am looking to hire a second instructor to take on my waitlisted students.
If you know anyone who would be qualified to do this, or if you are a potential instructor, please contact me!

Online Payment Feature

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Starting in February 2012, all of my monthly invoices will be sent using Google Checkout. I will be more than happy to continue collecting payment in person at the lessons -OR- You may choose to follow the links and pay online with any major credit card.

Piano Apps

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I hope you all had a wonderful and restful vacation! Now that we are getting back into the swing of things, I wanted to give you a few ideas to shake up your new year, and help us get off to a running start. Many of you have asked me about good music apps to enhance your practice time at home. With so many iPhone/iPod/iPads around, and I've seen that many of you have them, I thought I'd make a list of my favorite music apps: