Finding time for music practice is tough. Finding space is equally tough but often overlooked. The oft-quoted real estate phrase of "location, location, location" has merit in selecting a space for music practice, too. My friends, I have heard far too many well-meaning-but-cringe-worthy stories about where my students practice. Some real-life examples: "We put the … Continue reading Practice Space
The first five Music Room Skill Sets are now available! The story line running through the entire series is based on my actual students, past and present. Their questions, situations and gentle humor are very real making it easy for students to relate to the Music Room characters. I have lost track of how many … Continue reading Music Room Skill Sets 1-5
After a lot of talk about doing it, I finally buckled down and got it started. I know, it's just a baby step. I have a long way to go on this journey. But the point is, I started working towards a goal. Those of you who are taking music lessons from me know that … Continue reading I Did It!
Born in the Duchy of Warsaw (present-day Poland) and raised in Warsaw, Frederick Chopin (1810-1849) settled in Paris by the time he was 21 years old. His musical compositions are primarily for solo piano and remain among the most popular selections for students, artists, and audiences. While admired for his technical virtuosity at the piano, he was generally … Continue reading February 16, 1848: Chopin’s Final Concert
Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876) was one of the five children born to John and Lydia Bliss. Their log home, typical of the early settlers of northern Pennsylvania, was filled with love and Christian teaching, but formal education was scarce. Early in life, Philip developed a passion for learning and for music, and took advantage of … Continue reading The Light of the World Is Jesus
The text for 'Work, for the Night Is Coming" was written in 1854 by 18 year old Anna Walker Coghill (1836-1907) and published in a Canadian newspaper. Ten years later, it first appeared in a hymnal paired with a tune by Lowell Mason (1792-1872) and has since appeared in over 1000 hymnals. The clear and persistent 'call to action' of this song is … Continue reading Work, for the Night Is Coming
Johann Sebastian Bach. Often considered to be the organist among organists and the composer among composers, many of his melodies are instantly recognizable and familiar. And such is the case with the song we are looking at today, Bist Du Bei Mir or Be Thou But Near. There's just one little problem. Bach didn't write … Continue reading Be Thou But Near
With a few decades now behind me as a church musician, I have attended, played and/or sung for many funerals and memorial services. Time and time again I have seen people turn to Psalm 23 for comfort in time of loss. Whenever I hear Psalm 23, I am reminded of a very specific time and … Continue reading The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Do you recall the moment when your house first felt like home? Some people have told me it was when they put pictures on the walls. Maybe the house-to-home transformation happened for you after you spent your first night, cooked your first meal, unpacked the last box (unless, of course, you still have boxes to … Continue reading Home is where…my organ and piano are!