Sunday, October 18, 2015

What's on Deck for the Rest of 2015

Haven't seen these Urtexts before? You're in for a treat...
As is often the case with working in the arts, it's either feast or famine. This year, I'm finding myself with the busiest year on record, with well over 50 students (mostly in Oakville, with a small number at the RCM), a busy examining and adjudicating schedule, continuing duties as Adjudicator Certification Program Specialist at The Royal Conservatory, and new duties as Vice President of the ORMTA Hamilton Halton Branch.

These are changing times in the arts and in music education, and no one has been able to nail down my thoughts on the way things are going more than Colin Thomson of the Modern Musician podcast when he interviewed me for Episode 39 in late August.

If you're in the Oakville area in the next week, you can see me in Meet the Pianist, a short lecture recital for the Oakville Symphony on Saturday, October 24 at 10 and 11am. Admission is free but by reservation, so be sure to call 905-844-6920 or email osochildrenconcert [at] to reserve your seat in the Studio Theatre of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

See those lovely Mozart Urtexts in the picture above? They're part of a set of new scores that Ron Sacks of Dover Publications recently sent to me for review. Yes, you can expect to see more product reviews in the near future, although with my busy schedule there might not be as many articles coming out as I would wish.

My free ebook 31 Days to Better Practicing has reached thousands of readers in the last few years, and will soon be both revised and have a new home! I'll announce more details in the next while, but fear not - it will always be offered as a free download.

Finally, the Collaborative Piano Blog's 10th birthday is coming up in November. I haven't got anything planned in the coming weeks, but if you have any ideas, I would love to hear them!

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