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Simply Music Teacher – Janita Pavelka

When you talk to Janita Pavelka, it’s hard not to get swept away by the rapid-fire enthusiasm she applies to everything. If she were a musical term, it might be ‘allegro’: with speed and joy. Everything is an adventure and everything is communicated in a way…

The Final Success Factor – Importance of the Simply Music Coach

Last month, you saw how the Formula for Success could help you better understand yourself as a student and point the way toward improving your results. The 100 possible points came from ten different success factors. But the success factors actually go to 11, and so…

Simply Music Students – The Weiske Family

I have had the privilege and pleasure of sharing the Simply Music program with the Wieske family for many years now. They are a wonderful example of how effective and rewarding this method is when it is followed faithfully. Fundamentals like parent involvement in lessons…

The World of Music Apps – Shazam, Garageband & Bubble Harp – Review

The amazing success of the iPod, iPhone and iPad has unleashed an avalanche of software for every imaginable interest. Music has proven a hugely popular area, generating thousands of apps, many of which are genuinely useful and innovative. We’ll highlight more apps in future editions…

Learn Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

They like to make jokes about pop songs getting away with having only three chords, but that didn’t stop Bruno Mars from winning a Grammy with this one. In fact, this song is even simpler than that as an accompaniment, because, if you know a little…

Dr. Karl Paulnack’s Welcoming Address

Recently a colleague reminded me of a letter that I sent out to all of our teachers in early 2009. The letter is a transcript of a Welcome Address delivered to freshmen at Boston Conservatory. The address was presented by Dr. Karl Paulnack, pianist and…

Dr. Karl Paulnack’s Welcoming Address

Recently a colleague reminded me of a letter that I sent out to all of our teachers in early 2009. The letter is a transcript of a Welcome Address delivered to freshmen at Boston Conservatory. The address was presented by Karl Paulnack, pianist and Director…

Hush Music Founder Dr. Catherine Crock Interview with Gordon Harvey

Dr. Catherine Crock is the dedicated physician from Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital who has created the Hush Collection, a project bringing support to children’s hospitals through the medium of music. The music on this popular collection of CDs from some major artists is designed specifically…

Music That Moves You

Recently I went to a wonderful concert featuring trio Ensemble Liaison. They comprise a pianist, a cellist and a clarinettist, and for a classical group, they show an admirable sense of adventure. In the first half they collaborated with Australian jazz legend Tony Gould on…

Simply Music Teacher – Cathy Hirata

Class one starts with a student who has refused to demonstrate at home that he can actually play at all, but then surprises everyone by playing both hands together perfectly for his teacher. Class two is a breakthrough because a non-verbal student has said his…