Composer(s) of the month – the Bastiens

Composer(s) for August…the Bastiens! Background One of the first books I was taught from was James Bastien’s series “Bastien Piano Basics”. As a result, when I first started teaching piano, these were my “go-to” books. I used Bastien’s Primer A and B books for young beginners, and continued with book 1, 2, 3. Meanwhile, I … More Composer(s) of the month – the Bastiens

Composer of the month – Melody Bober

  The composer for July is…Melody Bober! Background Melody Bober is a pianist, teacher, composer, and clinician. She has a degree in music education from the University of Illinois and a masters degree from Minnesota State University. She has taught music in the public school and university level. I attended Melody Bober’s exhibitor showcase the … More Composer of the month – Melody Bober

Composer of the month -Irina Gorin

Composer of the month of June…Irina Gorin! Background Irina Gorin was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and holds Masters Degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Chamber Ensemble, and Accompaniment.  She comes from the “Russian School of Piano Playing” known for its impeccable technique, musicality, and the strict discipline required to follow this method. After moving to … More Composer of the month -Irina Gorin

Composer of the month – Andrew Harbridge

Composer of the month May…Andrew Harbridge Background Andrew Harbridge is a composer, clinician, examiner, and the music director at Park Street Baptist Church. Andrew lives in Peterborough, Ontario. I first came across his music several years ago when I began exploring the Conservatory Canada syllabus. Many students (especially boys!) LOVE playing his music, which ranges … More Composer of the month – Andrew Harbridge

On the Road to Excellence – Our Journey to the Baltimore MTNA Conference

A couple weeks ago in March, I was fortunate to attend a music teachers’ conference in Baltimore, MD. I drove down with another colleague, Liz Craig, and we had a fantastic 4 days of learning and networking, plus an extra day exploring Washington, DC. Below is our post about our experience:–-Our-Journey-to-the-Baltimore-MTNA-Conference