Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I Remember it Well...

School, Homework, Church...Girl Scouts, Band, Soccer...
Boys, Hair, Makeup...Laughter, Tears, Prayers...
Christmas, Birthdays, Vacations...
I cherished each moment (successes & frustrations).

The years go by SO fast!

You may feel like you'll never be out of the
"Homework - Wash Your Face - You Did What???", etc. phase
... but you will.

They do grow up - honest!

When they do, you can join me on FaceBook waiting for a glimpse of their day
or a picture of your independent "Mini You".

I'll understand when you say..."I Remember it Well..."

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

You can join my youngest as she writes about the "Bored Again Life" - one book, one experience, one day at a time.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Piano Lessons ~ There's a Song for Everyone!

I've taught Piano for over 35 years now.  I've lost count of the precious people (really young to not so young) that have passed my way.  Thanks to Facebook I'm able to follow a lot of them.

My disclaimer is - I teach the way I wish I'd been taught so many may not agree with my methods or my thoughts.  I'm okay with that.  I teach to create music lovers as well as piano players.

As the years roll by I've collected some really great memories.  I've also developed some "tricks of the trade" that have worked for me.

Here are a few to pass along - the ideas can be used for other areas of learning as well.

1)  If you wouldn't enjoy doing it during the week, your student sure won't.  Find something that will hold their attention for their assignment.

2)  It doesn't have to be performed perfectly.  Sometimes "good enough" is just right.

3)  There are hidden gems inside each of us.  Spend the time to help the student find it and develop it.  You'll never regret it!

4)  Skipping ahead is often the best path in learning.  I've learned to follow my students' passions.  Some like Church music, some like Jazz and some like Disney.  Go with it - they're developing their skills and you look really great in their eyes!

5)  After studying various series of learning (John Thompson, Piano Adventures, Alfred's, etc.), there's no perfect time to teach certain aspects.  So let the student learn what they're interested in.  There have been plenty of times we've skipped sections of a book because a student wanted to learn a certain song.  It's okay - learning is learning & there isn't a perfect time to figure out sharps, flats, etc.

6)  Use today's technology - I've had great success with online lessons (Skype, Oovoo, FaceTime, etc.).  Give it a whirl - it may work for you also.

7)  It's not just about teaching piano.  Sometimes you're the "Aunt", "Gramma", "Ear" they need - listen to their hearts and their words.  As a teacher we have a lot to offer.  Be there for your student.  It's worth the time!

I'm sure there's more I can say but I'll leave it here for today.  I'm a teacher - I teach.  If someone has a question, I help them figure it out.  It just comes natural.  If I can help you, please contact me.

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

Sunday, January 3, 2016

My Song ~ Great is Thy Faithfulness

"Great is Thy Faithfulness" - a song that resonates with me - every day.  Through all of the ups and downs of my life, God has always been faithful to me and mine.

I looked up the word "resonate" since it came to mind when I started writing.  One definition is "to have particular meaning or importance for someone:  to affect or appeal to someone in a personal or emotional way".

Yep - "resonate" is the right word.  No matter what - the words of this song always ring true to me.

Some of the words that touch me the most are:

  • All I have needed Thy hands hath provided— “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
  • Morning by morning new mercies I see;
  • Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not - As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
  • Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow...
Some of you know my whole story, some of you see my life today - no matter what - my story has this theme running through it - "Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Lord unto me (& mine)!"

Experience this beautiful, faith-filled song for yourself at YouTube.  Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thankful for ~ my Husband

He can be funny, he can be serious and a bunch of other things.  He's incredibly - even scary -  smart.  Most of all - he's my staunchest supporter, my shoulder to lean on and my voice of reason.

Let me tell you a little about him.

He's a Dog Whisperer.  He is truly amazing with dogs!

He has a magic touch creating videos for Dance Recitals, my Piano Recitals, etc.

 He's beyond supportive.  All I have to do is ask him for his help & he's there.

Even down to putting together the many gadgets I bring home but
need help to make them work.

I'm blessed beyond measure.  It's been a fun, wild and crazy 20 something years with this man.  I'm looking forward to many more years.

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thankful for ~ the Ability to Change

Day 20 - Today I'm thankful for the ability to do some of the following things...

1 - "U-Turns"... sometimes you just go down the wrong road.  Sometimes you're not sure which road to go down.  The good thing is - you don't have to keep going down the wrong road.  You can make a "U-Turn" at any point and head in a different, possibly better direction.

2 - "Change" - change the little things & the big things when they're not working or could work better.

3 - "Re-do's" - it's okay to realize the day, conversation, plans, etc. just aren't going right.  Stop, pause and have a "Re-do".  Re-word, Re-plan, Re-search for better ideas.  I think you get the idea.

I'm thankful that we're never "stuck" where we are, 
there's never "One Way" to do things and that we can always...Change

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thankful for ~ the Internet

I know, I know - we take it for granted but today - I'm very thankful for the internet.  Why?  I'm glad you asked.

Today I used the internet to...

1)  Look for sheet music that my students have asked for.

2)  Written my family in "real" time as if they were in the next room.

3)  Written my choir members with information about an upcoming rehearsal.  Saved me multiple phone calls - yep, I love the internet.

4)  Tag some friends to enter them into a contest my daughter is holding.  (Yes, I love Facebook also.)  I'll be glad to add you to her class & tag you also. Essential Blueprints

5)  Downloaded a template I needed for a document.

6)  Checked my bank accounts & paid some bills.

7)  Updated our church's Facebook page. St. Stephen First Martyr Catholic Church

8)  Taught a piano lesson via Skype (probably my all time favorite use of Skype).

Used correctly - the internet is a blessing & I choose to use it in a positive way.  What are you thankful for today?

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

Monday, November 9, 2015

Thankful for ~ My First Baby Girl!

Growing up I always wanted to be many things.  The one thing I wanted to be most of all was a mother.

On Nov. 9th (a couple of years ago) I was blessed with my first baby girl.  While not wanting to give her age away, we weren't told genders back then until we saw with our own eyes.  So my babies wore a lot of yellow & green.

The name Traci was in my heart.  Her middle name was the name I gave all of my dolls growing up.  As I read up on baby names later, Traci (with an "i" so she'd be unique) meant "fighter".  Yep, that fits.  Not "fighter" in a bad way though.  "Fighter" in a good way.  You know, going for what you want & believe in.

Urban Dictionary defines "Traci" as...a totally awesome woman who knows what she wants.

Yep, that's my Traci also.  I always said even from the age of 3 she could "rule a small country".  Before she could barely walk as a toddler, she was putting the merchandise back in the right places when we'd go to the store.

When she was barely over one, Mama was visiting.  They were at the kitchen table.  Traci said, "Kit-ty!"  Mama said, "No, Traci, the kitty is outside."  About that time the "Kit-ty" came bounding out from under the table at them.  Mama learned fast to trust what Traci said - Traci knew what she was saying.

I have many good memories & stories about my first baby girl.  I think of them often.

I'm even prouder of the woman, wife, mother, career-woman that she's become.

Happy Birthday & I love you, Traci!  

Thanks for visiting ~ Reia