today’s teaching

The great thing about my job(s) is that they are never boring. Even on a day that I look forward to a good 4 hours of working on one project, that will just never come to fruition. It’s just life.

Students are the same way. Each student is unique, and will be a giant puzzle half the days they walk into my studio with their cellos. Some days are tough to get my message (whatever that is that day) through, and others are full of breakthroughs – they realizeactually know what I’m talking about!

Today I taught something a student has been dying to know, gave way too much information to another, tortured students to sightread Irish reels, and saw a student finally create an amazing vibrato they have been working their fingers to the bone for. That made me tear up. To see an actual breakthrough in someone’s sound and confidence – that is a precious moment. Not the doll kind – their eyes are way too big.

So Monday had it’s good meetings, valued project time, brainstorming solutions that never came, and three cups of coffee before I even saw my first student. I think I can call this one a win. Music


summer rains playlist

RecordsSomeday I will live in the Pacific Northwest where my enjoyment of drizzly days won’t seem so abnormal. On these rare days that occur in my current city of Omaha, I enjoy listening to a playlist like this:

Jetty Rae > Bad Apples
Punch Brothers > Don’t Get Married Without Me
Ingrid Michaelson > Over You
Amanda Shires > A Song for Leonard Cohen
Caro Emerald > Riviera Life
Rosie Golan > C’est L’amour
Civil Wars > Go
Regina Spektor > All the Rowboats
The Mike Block Band > So Far from Us
Mindy Gledhill > I Do AdoreHex coffee

a verbal polaroid of my life

As I enjoy getting to share things with you about my cello (still unnamed,) teaching, student comments, and general wonders of the world, it occurs to me that you really don’t know much about, well, me. Not that I am vain or anything, but maybe this snapshot into my immediate present will give you perspective on where I’m coming from with my crazy music ideas. Enjoy!

At this point in life I am:

Eating / typically veggies and pasta, but right now Woats organic snack (always yes to PB.)
Drinking / coffee – always coffee.
Practicing / my cello with lots of technique heavy pieces (my next goal is the Lalo concerto – how have I put this off?)
Mastering / committing to too many things but enjoying when they all pay off. (never works out for baking my own bread though.)
Learning / to schedule non-work time
Trying / to not kill my tiny little garden but I think the squirrels stole all my bulbs.
Playing / board games with my husband.
Finishing / a painting. a terrible, terrible painting.
Reading / the helpful: The Art of Playing Cello (can never have too much technique knowledge, although it is dry) and a book from the Pink Carnation series – it can’t be all academic people. Circle cebj
Remembering / that my friends from every corner of the world are wonderful and shaped me to where I am today.
Wearing / jeans and heels. I can’t help myself.
Cooking / homemade pizzas – oh the cheeeeese.
Working / on getting a Cello Sprouts program off the ground. It’s gonna happen.
Traveling / I”m currently North of Chicago at the Chicago Suzuki Institute, but I do see a weekend KC trip in my future…
Wanting / to be creative. always.