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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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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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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

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DREAM – By musicians, for musicians

If you were stranded on a WIFI-enabled desert island and could only access one digital resource, what would it be? Seriously, how many can you think of? Perhaps you’re new to the digital-resources world and feel fortunate just to have navigated this far. No worries, help is near. Or perhaps you’re a seasoned “digiphile” and Read More

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iSCORE iDEAS: Creating your Home Page

The Home Page can help you send announcements to your studio and help your students organize their work. Although you can change your picture, message and banner in Settings, you write in the General Goals, To-Do List, and Notes & Posts sections directly on the Home Page. Simply click on the “plus” sign to write Read More