Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

     I want to wish my fellow piano teachers pianists a very Merry Christmas!  I've enjoyed some time off from teaching in order to spend time with my family and to reflect on the wonderful gift that was given to each of us- Christ!  I'm so glad He came for me- I can't imagine life without Him.  I hope you take some time to rejoice in the Christmas story, and that you have the opportunity to make special memories with your loved ones during this season!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Goodbye To 'For Love of Piano'

     I've been wanting to give my blog a facelift for awhile, and I finally got a few free moments to spend sprucing it up!  I still have a few changes in mind, but one thing at a time, right?!

     It's time to say goodbye to "For Love of Piano" and hello to "Piano Playground!"  My studio website is also the piano playground theme, so I wanted them to match.  The new blog address is

    While the title and blog addy have changed, I'm still figuring out the feedburner stuff!  For those of you who subscribe by email and/or have lost the feed, here is the new feedburner addy:

     Posts should still come up in your feed as normal.  If they don't, please let me know and I'll do my best to fix that!

    I hope you and your studios are enjoying a much-needed break for the Christmas  and New Year holidays!

Posted by Leah@Piano Playground

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's Over!!

      My exam is over, and I feel like it went well! I didn't get 'stuck' anywhere and I had 40 minutes left to proof my work.  It was just me and one other person taking an exam, so we had a nice cozy setting.  Margaret has a huge, furry black cat with a long fluffy tail. His name is Max, and he wandered around while we worked. For some reason I found it comforting to hear him crunching on his food once in awhile. :)

    After I finished, I had the privilege of touching and playing a few notes from my favourite piano make ever- Steinway & Sons.  What a gorgeous, clear tone!  Too bad I didn't have time to stay or I might have forgotten why I was there. :)

    Now to wait the 4-6 weeks before my exam mark is posted online. At this point, I'm just glad it's in the past!  It's been nice to have a bit more free time this evening- for once I don't have to have my nose buried in my theory book!

     Thanks everyone for the well wishes and encouragement!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twas The Day Before Exam Day....

     Tomorrow I go to the home of Margaret Wood to die take my Advanced Rudiments Exam.  I'm kidding about the die part- I really do feel prepared for this. I'm most nervous about those tiny, stupid notation errors that are so easy to make!
     I want to give a shout out to the best teacher ever- Peggy Craig, from Mount Allison University. She has spent countless hours with me (and with my homework) helping me prepare for this.  She thinks I'm ready....I hope she's right! :)  At this point I'm ready to get it over with and move on to the next step towards ARCT.
     After tomorrow my blog should become more active, now that I'm not consumed with theory facts!