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Bonus Beans, or How to Boost Motivation

Until I ate them…I mean… stored away the leftovers, the top of my piano was covered in little heart-shaped tins and bags of jelly beans, jelly hearts, and small chocolate hearts. Yup, it was another BoB blitz (Bum on Bench) to entice my students to get … well … their bums on the piano bench. Read More

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My DREAMs for a Brilliant 2017!

Many of us are pretty happy to welcome 2017 as a fresh start after a challenging 2016. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty relieved to see the hind end of this bad-tempered mule of a year, which included the near loss of one of my kids, the partial loss of my index fingertip Read More

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Cadenza and Notemaker – what’s new, FAQ?

Congratulations! We’ve made it through the usual September and October “getting back into the groove” issues, and will soon be done with November’s “post Halloween sugar” roller coaster! Amidst all this fun, have you managed to start using Cadenza to encourage more intentional practising and clearer teacher-student communication? A few? Many? Gold stars to all! Read More

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Cadenza in the Real World, Part 1

As a long standing teacher advisor on the Music Tool Suite project (the creators and developers of Cadenza, Notemaker, and DREAM) I’ve recently been blogging with great excitement about Cadenza. I’ve played around with demo versions in the development stage, and I’ve play tested the final version with “dummy” student accounts. I originally titled this Read More

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Cadenza and Notemaker, Together!

Do you remember that old commercial for those peanut butter cups? “You got peanut butter on my chocolate!” “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” Then both parties take a bite and suddenly their irate expressions turn ecstatic? Well, that was me and several of my best “music geek” students a short time ago when Read More

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Cadenza for Teachers

Welcome to Cadenza for teachers.  Back in Part 1, I waxed poetic about Cadenza’s student features, including features for students to: upload their recordings and videos directly via the Notemaker app for teacher feedback and self assessment take ownership of their practice sessions through the use of the timer, planning and reflection tools, and end-of-practice Read More

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Notemaker in Action!

“I love Notemaker!” “Pretty cool!” (in an excited text) “Did you get my share? :)))” Christmas came early to my studio in the form of the Notemaker-Cadenza app and it’s a popular new toy amongst the students and myself. Now that it’s “back to back to back” RCM exam season again, with the usual tense Read More