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Recital (Catching-Up)

Recital (Catching-Up)

Baylor Music Studio Spring Recital–cookies, kids, parents, music–always somewhat the same, but always new too!

Nathan and Katya played a duet together for the first time, and Nathan’s clarinet teacher came for one of the performances to play a clarinet duet with him as well.  We sure heard some good music from so many students!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, the cookie selections included…


Coconut Macaroons

Sugar Cookie Sandwiches with Strawberry Icing

Pecan Brownies

Raspberry Oatmeal Squares

Toffee Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Orange Ricotta Cookies

Almond Cream Cheese Bars

Classic Chocolate Chippers with Walnuts

Spring Recital

Spring Recital

Here is the stage for the Baylor Music Studio spring recital.


Starring almost all of my students, with proud parents as the audience, we enjoyed an evening of good music together following a year of hard work.  I am always so proud of each performer, and I even remembered to take pictures of my own!




And of course, it wouldn’t be a Baylor recital without an array of cookies.  Here’s what we had…

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Rosemary Butter Cookies

Orange Meringues

Lemon Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Crinkles17

S’mores Krispie Treats

Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars


It was a good evening (amidst a very hectic few weeks for our family 🙂

Baylor Music Opens Again

Baylor Music Opens Again

A new school year means a new studio year too!  I welcomed my piano and violin students back this week, happy for lots of familiar faces as well as a few new ones.


Shameless plug–if you haven’t liked “Baylor Music Studio” on Facebook, do it!  You will see reminders about my studio schedule, but also the occasional fun post of a cool YouTube video, recital pics or music-related trivia.

Spring Recital

Spring Recital

The Baylor Music Studio proudly hosted its annual spring recital recently.


Spread out over two nights, we enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music played by 13 different students (including Nathan and Katya).


Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and friends cozied together in our living room to listen and support the students.  And, of course, to head for the dining room afterwards for the annual cookie buffet.


Here are my kids playing–sorry the photos are so fuzzy!  You’ll just have to come in person to hear Katya do Lightly Row and Be Thou My Vision, and Nathan playing The Happy Farmer and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Perhaps I will even play my recital piece for you too!




Baylor Music Open for Business

Baylor Music Open for Business

September is well underway, and so are lessons at the Baylor Music Studio!  Here’s how the studio looked on opening day…



You can’t tell, but I hung my brand new “Baylor Music” banner over the front window and I’ve got some new teaching tools out on the piano too.  I’m excited about seeing my students, getting back to work, and trying out some new ideas.  Summer break is always good fuel for a fresh wind of enthusiasm!

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Baylor Music Studio

Baylor Music Studio

As summer draws near, another year of music lessons comes to a close.  A few weeks ago I had the treat of hosting a recital with my students at a nearby nursing home.  We even had the last-minute surprise of playing on their grand piano!


On a personal note, both kids performed confidently and they were pleased to have so much audience support–a grandma, a grandpa, two great grandmas, two great grandpas, and a great aunt.  (And of course I couldn’t do it without all the help from their Daddy as well!!)



I recently overhauled my studio website, so you might like to pay a visit…

The Baylor Music Studio is also on Facebook, so you can “Like” us there too!


In case you are wondering, the cookie menu included…

Andes Mint Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Sugar Cookie Flowers

Lemon Sweeties

Jelly-Filled Mini Cupcakes

White Chocolate Butterfly Pretzels


Random Quote

Random Quote

Much is gained by closing your mouth and opening your eyes.  –Max Lucado

So true!!  In teaching, in parenting, in spiritual growth…  Observe, watch, learn, rather than be so sure that what I know is better than whatever is happening in front of me.

Suzuki Institute

Suzuki Institute

Here are the photos from the music camp part of our Beaver Creek trip.  This is the second time Nathan has gone as a student to the Colorado Suzuki Institute, and the fourth time I have gone.  The teachers are excellent and I learn SO much from watching them teach.  Nathan also learns a lot, and it is so helpful to have someone besides mom telling him things about piano playing and musicianship!  He enjoyed his time and improved a lot in just a few short days.  I hope we can continue to go in the years to come.

Practicing on the beautiful grand piano in our condo meeting room.  It was used for classes during the afternoon, but we could sneak in before or after supper and enjoy it.

Heading to class one morning.  Than and Katya often walked us down to our classes, or met us on breaks in between.

Buddy Bear got a Broncos football uniform as a gift at the beginning of the week and proudly wore it to all our classes.  He was a very quiet observer, and sometimes had company…

Nathan with his master teacher.  I am so grateful for her help, encouragement, and insight!

The final recital, where Nathan had a chance to perform the piece he worked on polishing all week.

First Piano Lesson

First Piano Lesson

Now that Katya is four years old, she was able to have her first piano lesson.  She plays for fun quite frequently and often listens to lessons from her basement, so I thought she would be excited to begin.  When I told her the day for lessons was approaching, however, she told me she couldn’t take piano lessons.  When I asked her why, she said, “Mommy, I only know three songs!”  I tried to explain to her that the point of lessons was to teach her more songs, but she insisted, “Nathan knows lots of songs!”  I finally told her that when Nathan started lessons he didn’t know any songs at all, so she was already doing well to know three.  Satisfied, she came to her first lesson and paid very careful attention (to my surprise!).  She has practiced very earnestly with me since then, so our musical journey has begun.

A Successful Recital

A Successful Recital

Phew!  Today was the recital for my piano and violin students and I am happy to report that everyone did a great job!  We had it at a nursing home for the first time this year and overall it was a good change.  There was lots more space, everyone could come on the same night, there was room to invite other guests, and residents from the nursing home could share our music as well.

Than was an incredibly big help getting my refreshment table set up since we weren’t able to get into the room until just before the recital began.  Nearly all of the students came, many brought grandparents or other relatives (including a set of grandparents and great-grandparents for Nathan), and there was a wide variety of music shared with our audience.  Nathan drew the honor of going first and he started us off in fine style, playing Chant Arabe (my choice) and the Thomas the Tank Engine Theme Song (his choice).  I am very proud of the progress he has made.

Katya also deserves an honorable mention as a quiet audience member, a good chef’s assistant, and an adorable addition in her fancy dress, pink shawl, and white Easter purse.  Sorry there aren’t more photos–I was otherwise occupied!

Here is the refreshment menu, in case you were wondering…

Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pies

Almond Cream Cheese Bars


Marbled Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Dipped Marshmallows (peanut butter chocolate, chocolate pecan, and white chocolate with rainbow sprinkles)

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Fresh Berries (served in cupcake wrappers in my cupcake stand!)

I went with a classic black and white theme for my table setup, in keeping with the piano focus, and found it a good excuse to use my new tile table labels, made following these instructions.