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Nurturing with Love and Nature

I am a naturalist, and I turn to the healing and therapy of nature in my teaching approach.  My studio is nature-based, with many of the theory games, techniques, and the atmosphere of my studio expressing the combination of my passion for teaching and nature.

Here are a few examples of a normal day at my studio.  There is never a dull moment!



Photos above:  Sand play theory activities for keyboard and note identification.  
Photos below:  (Left) Using stones for rhythm study. Small sticks represent the barlines. Students clap various rhythm patterns with the use of a metronome. (Right) Our studio mascot is a tortoise!  It reminds students to take their time and pay attention to details. Nature piano students, Dylan and Jackson, brought their tortoise to piano lesson!

Nature theory game identifying the keyboard. Theory worksheet are also nature themed and include nature facts.







(Left) Students are allowed to bring nature finds to piano lessons as a means of communication before o…
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Performance Class at Augusta University

Fun with students at Augusta University for our Suzuki Performance Class!!! Many thanks to Elizabeth and Jared Hegwood for arranging this location for our class, and some of our future classes to come! They are outstanding instructors at AU and highly dedicated parents at my piano studio!

Students performed their pieces beautifully! After their performance practice, we watched "Le Mozart Noir"......icing on the cake for our study and research of the composer Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-George.







Photos below (left):  It was wonderful watching the movie on a big screen!  (right): One among many of the excellent commentators during the movie.



Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

(Black History Month)

Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a champion fencer, a virtuoso violinist and conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. -Wikipedia

Birth: Saturday, December 25, 1745 (Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe) 
Death: Monday, June 10, 1799 (Paris, France)

For more information:
http://chevalierdesaintgeorges.homestead.com/page1.html
http://www.colourofmusic.org/about-le-chevalier-de-saint-georges/

-->PODCAST:
Chi-Chi explores the remarkable life of Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint George.http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fprogrammes%2Fb05wy63w&h=BAQH8LTBi

-->VIDEOS: The life and music of an 18th century superstar, Joseph Boulogna Chevalier de Saint-Georges. An archetypal romantic hero, Saint-George was spectacularly gifted, but destined to be an outsider.
The Black Mozart
Episode 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmsXVNccF8Q
Episode 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syBYBuBzaqU
Episode 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnfElf…

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