Musical People Keep Me Motivated


I can’t believe a year has gone by since our last Sonatina Festival. This year it will be divided into two locations. It’s so great to see so many students stepping up to the challenge. Good luck to all them tomorrow!


Piano bench……me.  Piano bench……student…….me.   This is often how it is at my studio.  It’s a great business.  I set my own hours, rates, policies, and who I work with.  On the flip side, it can get a bit lonely.

Recently, our local teacher group hosted our eighth annual Sonatina Festival.  I have been chairman of this event since its inception.  After months of planning, scheduling, inviting, enrolling, ribbon ordering, juggling Excel files, not to mention teaching my own students some of the toughest piano literature on the planet, the day finally arrived.  The four judges from the Houston area represented professionals who teach, compose, present, improvise, write articles, accompany at church, and perform.  They arrived with enthusiasm for the students and smiles on their faces.

In between listening and critiquing, we all had a chance to enjoy some food.  That led to wonderful conversations that included exchanges of ideas…

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