Don't worry — I'm not suggesting that every teaching day should end with a shot of tequila. I do, however  have two sets of these delightful colored-base shot glasses. I use them for flowers - most often Gerber daisies. Just one in each glass and you have a stunning arrangement the perks up a home on even the gloomiest winter day.

Gerber Daisies and Mums brightening up my studio.

Harney and Sons Paris Tea is my favorite specialty tea. It's considered a flavored tea and is quite fragrant. If you like Earl Grey, you might enjoy this one. I know I do.

This is my new favorite game. It's clever, sophisticated, and easy-to-learn. I don't like games that take hours to figure out, but I like games that continue to be interesting as you play them. 

CODENAMES fits the bill. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a fun, wholesome but fascinating game night treat.

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© 2019 by Diane Hidy

You'll wonder how you ever taught without this 32-page book. I made these cards for my students to give them plenty of opportunities to practice all the different skills they were acquiring. This series starts with the simplest possible rhythmic patterns on the Landmark notes Middle C, Bass F and Treble G. Each set becomes incrementally more difficult.

Here are a few of the many different ways to use these cards:

  • Encourage students to write in their own fingering. This paves the way for making true fingering choices later on

  • Circle the thirds before starting to read the flashcards. This helps the student focus on the difference between steps and skips.

  • Help your student write in their own staccatos and slurs. Try them out. Talk to them about why they do or don't like them. 

  • Help the student add dynamics and phrase marks.

  • Print these in their entirety and use them as a book.

  • Print them on heavy paper or card stock and cut them into separate cards. Trying sending home a set with a student and ask them to become proficient with each one. At the next lesson, mix them up and play them in random order. It’s a nice combination of preparation and reading.