October 30, 2019

I am musing this morning on how music fits in with the rest of life. I have not blogged in a good long while, though not because I was ignoring music... 

For the last year in particular, I have been focused on reading music- reading more quickly, with better accuracy, r...

February 5, 2018

Aside from weekly get togethers for class at the museum, families also recieve two CD's and a song book. I put one CD in the kitchen and one in the car. The music book is on my music stand and I have started learning some tunes. The format is lead sheet, so I am arrang...

January 30, 2018

In early January, my son John and daughter Margaret started a music class designed for children birth to five. The class runs for 10 weeks and is held at the local children's museum. They use a national curriculum, called Music Together, which has 9 different sessions,...

January 22, 2018

Pictured: visual schedule from a preschool classroom, found on Pinterest

When my son started preschool, I was impressed by how well visual schedules worked at keeping things in order and on schedule, with a minimum of chaos. So I wondered, would a visual schedule help m...

January 15, 2018

For Christmas this year, I had so much fun learning songs from Sylvia Woods' book 50 Christmas Carols for All Harps. I did my own arrangement for a couple of the songs, especially for double strung harp. I got help along the way from Carolyn Deal; she gave me some grea...

January 8, 2018

This year I want to focus on a number of things, basically all related to one another.

1) I have heard that a metronome can be a musician's best tool, but I haven't put in the time to learn how to use one. This year, I want to change that. (so I can be more accurate in...

December 18, 2017

It has been a tremendous year for music. After many years of dreaming and research and plotting out just what features I most wanted, I bought my forever harp. It is a double strung Lorraine, made by Stoney End and sold by Carolyn Deal. 

Learning to see two rows fo stri...

June 25, 2017

Well, not exactly. But you can follow a lot of great harpists (or chefs, or costume designers, or other musicians, etc) on Instagram. I have just started an Instagram account. If you don't have one already, you might think: but, why? What good is it? Isn't it just anot...

June 7, 2017

Early this year, I had the opportunity to see a physical therapist (about discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and arms) for six weeks. He gave me some nice stretching exercises, and some advice. 

The advice was to watch my posture. Bad posture makes everything feel...

May 11, 2017

I am learning how to record and edit video as I learn how to play my new harp. The hardest part so far is getting a moment free when the natural light is coming in the window AND it is quiet. The editing part is more fun (for me). I am using iMovie, and there are some...

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