Monthly Archives: December 2014

2512, 2014

Christmas Gift: Free Winter Recital Program Template

By |December 25, 2014|Christmas, Free Download, Performing, Teaching|

Merry Christmas! I wanted to do a special post for Christmas, so I decided to provide a free download. If you read my biography, you will know that, aside from music, I’m also interested in design. So as my Christmas gift to you, I’m providing a free template for a winter recital program.

The Word document is pre-formatted: just fill in student names and pieces. If you like to do more customization, I’m also providing a PDF of the background only. Please enjoy and share!

I hope you had a very merry Christmas!



If you have any trouble, please let me know. Thanks!

2112, 2014

Mental Memory: 7 Strategies to Engage the Muscle of the Mind

By |December 21, 2014|Memorization, Performing, Practicing, Teaching|

We all hate that moment in the middle of a performance, or even before it starts, when we just go blank. We find it frustrating when we can play a piece well but memory gets in the way of a beautiful performance. How do we prepare to prevent that from happening?

As a kid I didn’t understand the concept of memorizing music. By the time my teacher asked me to memorize something, I already had it memorized. That was easy! If I played it enough times, it was in my fingers. But I was depending solely on muscle memory, an important […]

712, 2014

The Story of My Piano

By |December 7, 2014|Melody's Story, Piano—the instrument|

“I wish I could make that into a grand piano for you,” said the lady from church after complimenting my performance on a digital piano. Little did she know that comment would play a major role in leading me to my grand piano . . .

It was Christmas Eve. I was a junior in high school and had just finished playing “We Three Kings” at my church’s Christmas Eve service. You know that painful performance on a digital piano with a squeaky pedal connected to a sound system? It was one of those. At the time, I had been practicing […]