Pep Talks

The Musician’s Way

A few years ago, my good friend gave me my first copy of the book, The Musician’s Way by Gerald Klickstein as a graduation gift.  This was the best gift ever because I have learned so much, and transformed my practices as a result of reading it.  So, I’m sharing it with you today with […]

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Too much love?

Don’t you love it when something happens in the course of your day-to-day life that shakes up your perspective, and causes you to question what you thought you knew?  I love that.  I think for educators, this ought to be at the heart of what we call reflective practice.  More than thinking about how the […]

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Wait for me?

Do you ever do that thing where you Google ‘famous people born on this day’?  Or wonder who shares your birthday?  Well today, July 20 is marked as the birthday for Alexander the Great.  Rather than talk about the ancient empires, war and conquering, incidentally, today is also Elliott Yamin’s birthday.  Maybe you remember him […]

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Feel Your Way

I think it is safe to say that we all have felt the powerful emotional presence of music in our lives.  Music plays an integral part in most of our celebrations; weddings, funerals, holidays, transition times, and sacred rituals to name a few.  Maybe you have playlists organized by theme, by artist or by decade?  […]

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The Bare Necessities

I’ve been doing a lot of travel around Ontario lately.  It’s been great.  And it’s been other adjectives too: beautiful, hot, humbling, awe-inspiring to name a few.  During my time away from home, I have found myself with a persistent ear worm – The Bare Necessities from Disney’s The Jungle Book.  Maybe that’s because it’s […]

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Canadian-ness

We recently spent some time in our nation’s capital where preparations are underway for the Canada Day celebrations.  Tents, Jumbotron screens, flags, food vendors, stages and fences are everywhere as excitement builds.  I am very proud indeed to be Canadian.  However that pride does come with a certain degree of humility and perspective. Peace and […]

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Ice cream and Lemonade

I’m sure you know the song Ice cream from the musical, Anne of Green Gables?  It is one of my favourite pieces of all time!  I think it is because it reminds me of the simpler things in life.  I think about how at the turn of the 20thC, ice cream was a real treat, […]

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Stress-free exams? Really?

‘Tis the season for high school exams… dun, dun, dah!  We have a couple of teens in our house who are gearing up to start their exam season next week.  For some kids, and with some subjects, preparations and studying have already started.  For others, it will me more of a ‘concentrated’ (a.k.a. last minute) […]

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Lamenting the lilacs

As I look out into the backyard I feel a bit sad to see the withered blossoms of the lilac tree.  I enjoyed them so much over the past few weeks: their beautiful pale mauve colour; the rich, pungent fragrance; the dancing, plump bumble bees gathering to drink their nectar; the provocative dance of the […]

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Lovely Labourious June

Ah, June.  Lovely weather, beautiful brides preparing for the big day, fragrant flowers, longer days, baseball games …. True, all happening and yet it feels more like,  Aarrggh, June!  Report cards, studio recitals, tests and exams, stinky hot classrooms, clean up, exhaustion … Also true. As my students engage in practice and preparations for exams […]

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