listening does work.

EarbudsA few months ago I performed a torturous experiment on a wonderful student. (All my students are wonderful, and this one is no exception.) It went like this:
The student struggled with rhythm and notes in a mid-book 1 cello piece. I asked if the child did the required listening, and the response was negative. (The father – who is a musician as well – was in the room to corroborate this experiment.) My response was to put our cellos down, put the song on repeat, and do some music theory work for 10 minutes. As the student wasn’t focused on the music this was just passive listening as the little cellist was intent on the theory work.
After 10 minutes of hearing Allegretto on repeat, we put theory away and I had the student play the piece. And the little one did – WITHOUT MISSING A NOTE OR BEAT.
Actual proof in Ms. Candace’s studio! And if you still don’t believe me, here is further information and a study conducted by the Bulletproof Musican (seriously worth the read.)
Conclusion: listen. To everything. Even if you aren’t aware, it helps – I promise.



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

fall preparations

Dear Studio Families and Readers,


My deepest apologizes for my lack in posts! I have spent the last two months in a crazy teaching/study/research mode, and this fall you will see an energized, creative and motivated teacher back in this beautiful purple studio.

I have many posts planned to spread the amazing information and energy I have accumulated this summer, but for now I leave you with 2 items:

  1. Students : Fall semester registration is currently happening and spots are filling up! Go to to register online.
  1. LISTENING. It has never been and will never be an option not to listen. Learning an instrument is not for the feint of heart, but the listening to your student’s piece is VITAL to moving forward on their musical journey.

Total confession: If I get stuck in the “I’m too exhausted to practice at 10pm at night) time-warp, I make SURE I have my music on my phone and in my car so I can not only get the ear for it but the feelĀ of it.

(more goodies to come soon!)