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Sheet Music by Students for Students

What can I say?  I feel like the luckiest piano teacher alive!  

Lately, my studio seems to be bursting  at the seams with creative talent.  This summer, a number of my students caught the composition bug (Luckily, there is no fever or cough involved!) and these kids show no signs of slowing down yet.  This included brothers, ages 6 and 10, who had so much fun working on their compositions they wanted to make them available for the rest of the studio to enjoy too.  As I often say…

The joy of music is meant to be shared! 

Two wonderful new pieces entitled “The French Horn” and “Steamboat” are now available for download from the student portal.  I’m so proud of these students for being brave and putting their work out there. Now who’s ready to make some music? ☺

Reopening Plan

On September 8th, 2020 the studio will reopen for in-person lessons.  As you might expect, things will not quite be business as usual!  You can find the studio’s reopening plan below, (mobile users please click here) which includes an outline of the studio’s health and safety provisions and practices, as well as important guidelines for students and their visitors. Due to the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, the reopening plan may be updated periodically.  Please check the studio homepage to ensure you have the latest edition of the plan.

Stay safe!


Student Composers– Nocturne by Ryan Skelly

Welcome to the dark side! If you’re a night owl like me, then it’s hard to resist the allure of a nocturne. If you’re not familiar with the genre, a nocturne is a musical composition that is evocative of the night. Beautiful, mysterious, and a bit eerie, it’s no wonder the form was favored by composers like Frédéric Chopin.

After starting lessons for the first time about a year ago, adult student Ryan Skelly recently completed his first major piano composition. At nearly fifty measures long, his Nocturne in C# Minor is a substantial accomplishment, particularly for someone with only one year of lessons under his belt. Oh–And did I mention he was able to achieve all of this while serving active duty in the military?!? 🇺🇸

Perhaps Ryan has his career to thank for his incredible discipline and industriousness. However, I wondered if the regimented life of a military man might be at odds with the creative and individualistic side of being a musician. He replied:

“I go through all the same things as everyone else. Frustration with work, relationship ups and downs, pride in accomplishments, joy from small things. We all have ways of coping with the world around us, good and bad….I don’t always know how to express myself through words so I like to use music.”

Beautifully said! Now without any further ado, I’m incredibly excited to present “Nocturne” by Ryan’s Skelly. Enjoy!

Kid Composer Showcase

In case you missed it:

On my fun-o-meter scale, few things can top playing music written by my own students! Well, maybe hearing them come up with the titles for their pieces is a close second. I still chuckle every time I think about “Between the Trucks” or “Narwhals at Nighttime: Inspired by the Strangeness of Narwhals!

Nearly every one of my students has written original music this year and I’ve been so excited to start recording and showing them off! In the video below, I play four of my favorite pieces by some students ages 6-9. I think they turned out wonderfully, don’t you? ❤️

Digital Store Coming Soon!

I’ve been hard at work designing new digital resources to make remote music lessons fun and engaging. These comic book flashcards will make singing solfege the best part of any lesson. Going on sale soon!!! Stay tuned for more. 🦸‍♀️⚡️