Stopping Stopping

No, the title isn’t a typo. Today’s post is all about stopping stopping, or in other words, how to prevent pauses and hesitations when playing music. Frequently, after a student plays their piece for me, I will ask them what they thought of their performance. Students frequently point out note or rhythmic errors, or challenging … More Stopping Stopping

Composer of the month -Martha Hill Duncan

Continuing on the my series, the composer for November is…Martha Hill Duncan! Background Martha is from Texas, and moved to Canada in 1982. She currently resides in Kingston, ON. I met Martha for the first time in 2015 at the Summer Sizzle Conference held in Mount Forest, ON. She is very friendly and down-to-earth, and loves … More Composer of the month -Martha Hill Duncan

Composer of the month – Christopher Norton

Continuing on my series of “living composers”, October will be….Christopher Norton! Background Christopher Norton is a British composer, adjudicator, clinician and teacher. Born in New Zealand, he moved to the UK in the late 1970’s, and continues to travel the world extensively, giving workshops and presentations, and while continuing to compose for musicals, orchestras, ballet scores, and of … More Composer of the month – Christopher Norton

Composer of the month – Susan Greisdale

This is a continuation of my monthly blog posts about living composers. Click here to read about the composer for August. For September’s composer, I have chosen….Susan Greisdale!. Background Susan is a composer, teacher, adjudicator, and clinician.  I have been fortunate to meet Susan several times in Ontario. She is friendly and approachable, and I … More Composer of the month – Susan Greisdale

Making an IMPRESSION: Summer Sizzle 2015

Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending Summer Sizzle, a piano pedagogy symposium, hosted by the Canadian National Conservatory of Music, in the rural, beautiful community of Mount Forest, ON.  If you’ve never heard of the conservatory, or the town, don’t worry. This was all new to me too. The Canadian National Conservatory of … More Making an IMPRESSION: Summer Sizzle 2015

How to deal with stage fright

This year at the North York Music Festival, I was able to attend a workshop by Moshe Hammer, acclaimed Canadian violinist. He also founded The Hammer Band, a charitable organization dedicated to preventing violence in children through “music education that promotes self-esteem, empathy and tolerance.  Children who learn to play an instrument and perform together learn … More How to deal with stage fright