This doesn’t sound like very good advice—and it wouldn’t be if it was the norm—but for the summer, I really like to give my students something they will enjoy … More Give Them What They Like
As I observe the times in which we live, I sense almost a dread at the shocking reality of Christian beliefs. Our times are filled with Christianity, in all shapes and sizes. Some churches which would place themselves under the umbrella of Christianity deny that Jesus is even God’s Son. To me, that is a shocking … More Shocking Reality
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, so many lessons for my Christian walk are brought to mind! First, may I say that this collection of hymn arrangements, In Remembrance are absolutely beautiful. (Dan Forrest has also put out a CD by the same name, and includes all the pieces in this book.) At first glance, … More For Musicians Only
Ah, my first day of a new year – I’m only twenty-two minutes into this fifty-fourth year and God’s Spirit calls me from my lovely bed, stirring my heart and thoughts. Now if only I can harness them and pull them all together into one communicable blog! It started when I awoke from a dream … More “Mind” Your Master!
I recently had a piano student prepare a beautiful hymn arrangement, and I asked her to play it for an offertory at church. I was surprised to hear her say that my daughter had recently played the same piece, and a lesson came to mind: We all have the same story to tell: Jesus Saves! … More Our Song of Victory!
For those of you who know the workings of a piano, you understand that the damper pedal moves the felt dampers off of the strings so that they will ring or vibrate when other strings are being struck by hammers as the pianist plays. The affect is beautiful; in fact, even the average listener would … More A Lesson From the Piano Strings
I’ve taught piano lessons for nearly forty years, (I started teaching when I was two 🙂 ) and I’ve had all kind of students! One of the most common statements that I hear is, “I played it perfect at home!” One of the greatest blessings about teaching piano is knowing how many of those students are … More Practice Makes Perfect!
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6: 14 Dominion – domain – dominant. Dominant! Ah, for you music theory lovers, that word has a special meaning! I will try to put it into ‘layman’ terms. Music has twelve different tones, and those … More Tonic? Dominant?
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built … More Lesson from the Three Little Pigs
Well, we’ve gone from Rosie the Riveter to Susie the Spackler to Sandy the Sander and now: Patty the Painter, all in one week! During that time, the ministry marches on: the cares and concerns do not cease. At times, I wonder if we’re making a difference. As I talked with a coworker who goes … More Stay in the Battle!