All Fear Is Gone

I had three experiences between my childhood and teens that taught me about how God can work through music. This is one.

When I was a child, I was terrified ... of a lot of things.

   The dark.


   A bomb being dropped on us. (You want irrational?! I had it! This particular fear, by the way, began after reading a WWII novel set in China. The novel was for 9-12 year olds, but I was probably 8.)

   That first fear -- the dark -- was about to become more than a little problematic in my pre-teen years. We used to let our dog into the house for the night, to keep him from barking at the moon. At night, an old, ratty comforter was spread over the floor for him. In the daytime, it was folded up and hung up on a clothesline.

   A clothesline that happened to be closer to the woods than the house.

   It wasn't actually that far from the house -- we lived on a one-acre plot back then, and so when it was dark, and you turned on the outside lights, the clothesline and the dog blank…

Brief Update on Health Situation

Hello, everyone,

   As Parkland Music Festival has been postponed due to COVID-19, I thought I'd take a minute to update you all on how my studio will be dealing with this new health concern. But first, there's something more important to be said:

God is in control of this! 

   "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment...." 1 John 4:18

   I'm not joining the throngs of people in their panic. That being said, I have no problem with taking precautions. So,

I am preparing to teach lessons via Skype, should a student, myself, or a family member get sick. (Even if it's just a common cold -- who likes catching a cold?!) Students will be asked to stay home if they are sick with anything.The pianos in my studio will be wiped down frequently before and between lessons. I will find something to use as a cleaner that is anti-viral. Students will be asked to wash their hands properly before starting lessons. That means I will…

Word of the Week

Agitated or excited

Parkland Music Festival Rules and Regulations

Hello, everyone!

   With Parkland Music Festival just around the corner, I thought I'd share their code of conduct on here. It's important information, so please take a moment to read through it. (Taken from the 2020 syllabus, available on their website.) Since everyone has busy lives, I highlighted the most important parts. (The 'don't do's' are in orange.)

The Parkland Music Festival Committee appreciates every person’s effort in making the Parkland
Music Festival a success. We are striving to make this event a positive experience for everyone. To
make sure that we achieve this goal, we have set forward some basic guidelines for all to follow. It is
vitally important to make sure that all of our participants are treated fairly and that the adjudicator is
basing their judgments from a purely unbiased scope. Please see below for our code of conduct:
1. No individual should discuss their own student or any other participan…

Word of the Week

Tempo primo
Return to your first speed

Word of the Week

Scherzando (pronounced: skirt-ZAN-do)
Playful, lively.

Urgent: Parkland Music Festival In Need!

Hello, everyone!

   This message just came through from the president of Parkland Music Teacher's Association:

Hello everyone,
I am sorry to report that our music festival this year is in dire financial straits…. L
Our entrant numbers are down by 40% and several of our past generous donors are unable to support us this year.
On the positive side, though – we have an AMAZING fund-raiser in our camp – Dave Kulak, the husband of PMTA treasurer and festival board member Carmen Kulak.
If you can think of any person or business who might be willing to support the PMF – any amount would be most welcome! – please let me know (if you are able provide contact info also, that would be appreciated)  and I will forward the info to the festival committee for follow-up.
Thank you for any help you can provide.
I know that, everywhere you turn, there's groups asking you to donate. That's partially why I didn't just forward the e-mail to my piano parents. But, if Parkland Music Festival matte…