Your Brain on Music

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Drum Your Heart Out

I have been inspired this week.

I took my family out to a pizzeria and we sat down in the back room away from the main dining room. This room is normally reserved for sporting events (as evidenced by their large T.V.s) but since we are out of season, so to speak, it was just background noise. Until this commercial came on:

I love seeing a composer’s talents utilized in such a creative fashion. You can actually hear the song they intended through the water. So this inspired me to write some tutorials on how one could do this in their own home. If you have some talent and experience in music and rhythm, this will be easy for you. However, if you don’t have any, don’t worry. I have a fool proof way anyone could come up with something like this.

Here is another talented example:

So how do you get started? Well, find some things around the house, garage, or closet and see what you can find that could become a percussion instrument. In the following weeks, I will show you how to use them.

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12 Days of Christmas Piano Songs

Christmas Songs on Piano

Hi Readers,

I wanted to let you in on something I am doing this year. I am making piano tutorials (for players of all levels) of Christmas Songs. So I wanted to let you in on this in case you’ve ever wanted to play the piano or maybe you have a student who would like to give it a shot.

Here are a few already:

Silent Night

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

There will be more on the way with a total of 12 released before Christmas. I hope you enjoy them!


If you want to subscribe to the youtube channel to get all 12 here is the link:


Or you can view the playlist here at this post and it will be updated every time a new video is uploaded:


Merry Christmas!

A Creative and Tasty Way to Teach Colors and Other Things Part 3

The Later Years

Color Science Projects - Rainbow

Your student has the understandings, facts and figures in Part 1 and Part 2 down. They are most likely in the high school range. In this lesson we can expand a little on the chemistry part of baking. We can also add in some anatomy/physiology study, color theory in both science and aesthetics, and don’t forget to eat your cupcakes.

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A Creative and Tasty Way to Teach Colors and Other Things Part 2

Middle Years

Process and Alterations:

Use the same lesson as Part 1 but this is with some expansions and alterations:

We will be involving a little bit of physics, math, and chemistry as well as learning the colors. So you can follow the steps in Part 1 similarly to get your student to experiment and discover how color works. Ideally you want to have them create a color wheel or some organized chart to display their findings before even knowing a color wheel exists. But here are some more alterations you can make to the lesson:

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A Creative and Tasty Way to Teach Colors and Other Things Part 1

CupcakesMy wife and I like to bake. I am more breads, pizza doughs, souffles and cookies. She is all about cake: 3 tiered cakes, cake pops, cupcakes (Cupcake Wars is a favorite show of hers), and muffins which is our justification for eating cake for breakfast. Not too long ago, she was making some form of cake for an event. Our daughter is learning her colors. I put the two together to come up with an amazing lesson. Not just for colors but for physics, chemistry, math, and the culinary arts.

Here is what I came up with:

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Student Showcase

I wanted to take this week’s post to highlight a student of mine. Her name is Katelynne and she is one of my online piano students. Last week they were to learn about the Grand Staff (basically the staff of piano music; treble and bass clef put together). Being a creative educator, I decided against a lecture and had them research the grand staff themselves. They then were to present the information in any way they felt comfortable and I gave a few suggestions like Powerpoint, a video lecture, narrative while drawing the grand staff, etc.

There is a reason I wanted to highlight Katelynne’s video. It shows an extra dash of creativity and flare that displayed her personality. You could tell she had fun putting it together and I have no doubt she will always remember facts and figures of the grand staff. So without further ado, here is a presentation by Katelynne at NOTEable TV:

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