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Points on Perfecting Practice with a Perfectionist

Are you a perfectionist? Do you cringe when you read a speling mistake? (sorry, couldn’t resist) Do you spend hours doing and redoing productive tasks…because it is never quite good enough in your eyes? Do you have a hard time letting things go?….knowing when enough is enough? Being a perfectionist or living with one can…


When practicing loses its’ sparkle.

                                                               When I was a child I asked a neighbour to teach me how to knit. I was determined to learn and went about learning the stitches with enthusiasm. I was working on a pair of slippers and could hardly wait for my piece to grow big enough to wrap around my small feet….

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Silver linings and golden moments.

Have you ever worked with your child at the piano when you are stressed?…pressed for time?….trying to meet the needs of other family members?…cooking dinner? If your head isn’t nodding up and down then I am amazed!!! The lives of parents are busy…and that is an understatement! Ideally we would all love to do practicing when…

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One of a kind, the miracle that is your child.

  “The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.”Pablo Casals It is hard not to compare one child to another. We want to be sure that our children are…

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Wait for it…..wait for it…….

Did you know that the average time a teacher waits for a response from students after posing a question is 1 second?????? Consider that for a moment. The teacher asks a whole classroom of students a question and waits only 1 second for a response before rephrasing a question or offering a prompt.  When one…

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Encouragement. It’s amazing what it can do.

Children do amazing things when they feel that you are behind them. Self-esteem is a delicate part of human character. It is like a balloon that can deflate with just one sharp comment. Though some people have tougher balloons of self-esteem than others, I don’t think anyone is impervious to negative or belittling comments.  Children who…

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Music classes for babies? YES!!!!

They are cute, they are small and they are a bundle of musical potential…but music classes? You bet! Babies love music.  It holds their attention, it soothes them, it helps them to learn and remember patterns, musical and otherwise.  Consider how babies acquire language. Children are exposed to language from conception; first indirectly, when in…