//Composer Tools

Do I Really Need to Copyright My Piano Music? [The answer from attorneys may surprise you!]

Do I Need to Copyright My Music? I love how it is becoming popular for piano teachers and piano students to compose music! Because it's so popular, it's also becoming easier with all the notation apps, programs, and advice from published composers coming out. But one of the questions that gets [...]

The Forgotten Step In Teaching Students to Write Good Melodies

What is the forgotten step in teaching students to write good melodies? It's one that any piano teacher (even ones who don't compose) can do with their students.

The Young Musician’s Guide to Songwriting – Interview and Giveaway!

I'm so excited to tell you about this new book that's already topping the Amazon charts! I've known Lisa Lukas for years now and have loved to hear about her own compositions and her work with young songwriters. So, when I heard that she was writing a book to help [...]

How This Mother of 3 Gets Big Projects Done

Being a mother of three, it is hard to find large chunks of time to work on anything be it a composition, a blog post, a project, or a lesson plan.  But I'm often reminded of what my husband told me when I had just one child, "Just work on [...]

Finale Notepad 2012 is Now Free!

You've probably already seen me announce this on my Facebook page, or perhaps have seen it announced by all the many wonderful piano teaching bloggers out there, but Finale Notepad 2012 is now free!  Download it here. Here's what Finale Music says about their Notepad: NotePad is, of course, entry-level [...]

Creativity: “Oh the Thinks You Can Think!”

I know that I am not alone when I say that Dr. Seuss was a brilliant writer and illustrator of children’s books. I’ve always enjoyed reading his books to children and my fascination with sounds makes it all the more enjoyable to listen to the subtle music his words create. [...]

What is Creativity? [A definition that can change your life]

Recently, I gave a workshop in Wichita called "Nurturing Creativity and Inspiration."  I shared about how to be more creative in teaching and how to find that elusive concept of inspiration.  Though I cannot condense a 2 hour workshop into a blog post, I will be sharing a few of [...]