Category Archives: Life

Motivation Monday -It’s Never Too Late to Be Who You Might Have Been.

Every Monday, I post a video about practicing, inspiration, time management and other topics that are meant to motivate you to really give it your best work.  This week, I talk about a favorite quote that I found on a $0.99 card at Trader Joe’s which has hung in my studio for several years.  It’s never too late!

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Motivation Monday – 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think

#MotivationMonday.   One of my favorite books of all time, that I reread over and over again is an amazing book by @LauraVanderkam called “168 Hours – You Have More Time Than You Think.”  Laura is a time management expert and she has done extensive research on how people use their time.  This book has been life altering for me.  Check out the short video to find out how! 

Motivation Monday – What’s the Best Way to Practice?

#motivationmonday Everyone always wants to know “What’s the best way to practice?”  In this video I share my format for successful practicing tips, which I learned from a masterclass years ago with Canadian jazz piano legend Oliver Jones.

Motivation Monday – I Will Never Be Able To Do That!

Looking for a little #motivationmonday?  In this video, I address that old bad habit of saying “I will never be able to do that” and how we can use that to help us actually achieve our goals.  What are some things that you thought you would never EVER be able to do that you actually were able to?

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Sight Read Better…FAST!

Sight reading is a thorn in everyone’s side and something that nearly every student I have come across has needed more help with.  In this video I tackle the #1 problem that keeps people from being able to sight read effectively.  Hint:  it’s all about intervals.

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Motivation Monday – Simplicity and Minimalism

#motivationmonday For today’s MM, I am sharing my true secret weapon for productivity:  simplicity and minimalism.  Over the last couple of years, my family has gotten rid of nearly 50% of our possessions and it has been a GAME CHANGER.  Not only has it relieved my stress, it has made it possible for me to #homeschool my son while teaching and running my own business.  Listen in to find out what I did and how it has had am impact on my life!

Pandemic Practice Tips: A guest blog post

My friend and fellow singer/voice guru Valerie Day invited me to contribute to a recent blog post she published all about practicing in the midst of a pandemic (topical, eh?).  I chimed in with a few tips that have really helped my students make more progress during this weird time.

BRENDA EARLE STOKES, creator of Piano Skills for Singers
1. Treat daily music practice as self-care. Spending time every day singing and making music is a great way to invite structure and creativity into every day and will help to feed your mind, body and soul. Make your practice space comfortable and cozy. Make sure that it has nice lighting, get a decent chair or stool, and fill your space with candles and inspirational quotes. While you’re at it, make sure you give yourself some private and distraction free time. Continue reading here..

Motivation Monday – Draw a Straight Line

#motivationmonday Want to improve your productivity?  Set a goal and draw a straight line towards completing it.  I have worked with so many people who set out to achieve a goal and then take too many steps in the wrong direction.  Here is a quick chat on how I address that and how it will help you.