epic twinkles!

twinkle-marathon-dayY’all. It has been an INCREDIBLE 24 hours in the studio. In order for one of my students to graduate from Twinkles, they have to finish the Twinkle Marathon: play all 6 Twinkle variations, in a row, with me accompanying them. It’s like 8 minutes straight of playing, so a huge feat for a tiny cellist.


Students work on this with their parents for quite some time; they practice a few in a row at home over weeks/months, and then like marathon training play 6 in a row. (Come on, marathon runners don’t run 26.2 miles to prepare for it…) But seriously, that much music is almost the same length as a sonata movement. Oh, and while I play a harmony part, so add 30% confusion as they can’t visually watch me at all.

So I wanted to shout their stellar accomplishment from the rooftops! There’s something in the air in my studio – and I can’t wait to see what we can do with it.  I know it is Groundhog Day, but I feel like we lived the perfect day on our first try.

Big shout out to littles K, C, and L – stellar job, tiny cellos!








Spooky Twinkle


Meet Smithson the Spooky Bat!

Twinkle twinkle little bat,

how I wonder where you’re at!

Swooping through the darkest night,

Find your way without a light.

Twinkle twinkle little bat,

how I wonder where you’re at!

{Sung to the tune of Twinkle in minor, so cellist should play Bflat on the A string – low 1 instead of regular 1 – and F natural on the D string – 2nd finger instead of 3rd – to get our spooky sound}