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Use your voice and speak up

Speak your mindSometimes we see, hear or even sense something that feels off. Our collective health and safety depends on people who report problems. It could be something very serious, dangerous, or perhaps you just think of a better way of doing things. Speaking up will most likely require a

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With a sleight of hand

The beauty of imperfectionThis card is the first one I completed and it is one of my favorites. The point to it is that our flaws are what make us beautiful. However, the use of the word “flaw” is problematic. What makes us feel less than, is really something that just

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Rest Meditate Imagine

RestIt is nearly impossible to make wise decisions when extremely tired and near exhaustion. I become hyper-reactive. The slightest negative bit of news or comment from friend or family gets blown out of proportion. I immediately feel as if I need to come up with a plan of action, likely

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Teaching steady tempo

How important it is to feel a beat and keep it steady. I constantly tell my students they need to keep a steady tempo. As we work on it, it is clearly challenging for them. Then they ask whether a metronome would help. The only time I like to use

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Let’s celebrate!

CelebrateOn this Juneteenth, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate. There are talented high school and college seniors graduating and plenty of children celebrating the end of school and moving on to the next grade. As a teacher, I am also celebrating the end of school! Our cheerleadersThey help

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Lead with the nature of music

The nature of musicAlthough this is the perfect time of the year to experience nature, this post has more to do with experiencing a student’s nature as a musician and with the fundamental nature of music. I have definitely had the experience of getting caught up in the technical aspects

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Staying afloat with creativity

How to stay afloatI have found that maintaining a creative outlet has saved me on many occasions. We don’t really have very much control over life in general. There can be ups and downs in both our personal lives, at work and in our careers. Having that creative spark buoys

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More on “the Gap”

Getting in the Gap is a short book written by Dr.Wayne W. Dyer about Japa which is a form of meditation practiced in Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism.1  In Japa meditation, the name of the divine is repeated throughout the day even while doing daily activities. Dyer presents it as

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Journey into the gap

Why meditateI’m learning more and more about how important it is to have some form of meditating in my life. Having a meditation practice facilitates both physical and mental health. I also believe that It provides an opening for more creativity and the manifesting of dreams and desires. Why journeyI

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What the future holds/My hero

What the future holdsI’m on the verge of making a major life change. Some actions cannot be undone. My life will be permanently changed. What does the future hold for me? But life still goes on. Ordinary tasks still need to be accomplished during this most transformative time. Music is

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