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My birthday concert/webcast, and sneak peek of new song! 

Well, folks, we're 25% of the way there. My new album, "Brave New Year", is funded a quarter of the way. That's a big milestone, and I'm so grateful for everyone's generosity. I've been getting lots of questions along the way, and a little further down the page, I'm going to answer a bunch of them. But first I've got to tell you some big news!

Happy Birthday To Me!

My birthday is coming up, and I'm so excited that this year I get to celebrate with a show! I'm going to be playing at my favorite place, St.Read more

When I Raise My Rates, I Measure In Lattes 

When I started teaching piano, it was 1993, and I charged $5 per half hour lesson. Why? That's what my first teacher charged. It seemed a reasonable rate. When 1997 rolled around, I decided that I deserved a raise. I raised my rate to $8 per half hour. I still remember it vividly. My stomach was in knots over this. I was sure that all of my students would quit! I was sure that their parents would be mad at me! I questioned whether or not I deserved that raise or whether it was too much! People around me…Read more

How to Quit Piano Lessons 

Well, folks, we've made it. The recital is over. There are only a few more weeks of school left. The end of the year is upon us. It's the time of year when, as activities are winding down, parents start to think about which of those activities their kids will commit to for the upcoming school year. It's one of the times of year when I'm likely, as a private music teacher, to see turnover in my studio.

I've thought about writing this for a long time. Through online teacher communities and attendance at…Read more

How "Dance Moms" is Making Me a Better Teacher 

Wow... it's been a while since I posted something. I've thought about posting a whole lot, but life got away from me post-songwriting camp, and I simply haven't been back. So here I am to remedy that.

Embarrassing disclosure: I love reality TV. I don't love it all, but I obsess over Project Runway and Celebrity Rehab and Toddlers and Tiaras and... well... all that stuff. If I've got a day when I'm sick and stuck on the couch, I like to put on a season of something new and just watch the catty drama unfold. I…Read more

Networking like an introvert 

I've been an introvert for as long as I can remember. People drain me... which is not to say that I hate people. I don't! I just find that after time spent in a group, particularly a group where I don't know everyone well, that I need alone time to recharge. And so the idea of "networking," quite honestly, scares the crap out of me.

When I think of "networking," the image that immediately comes to mind is a bunch of professionals in work-social situation (a cocktail hour, say), striking up conversations…Read more