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News and New Head Shots! (6/11/13)

DBR_8720 copySo grateful to Dan Rest for my new head shots.  This is one of my favorites.  I’m playing a paper ukelele made by some of my students from First Academy in Chicago.  The ukelele unfolds to reveal the colorful handprints and names of all the children.  Way, way cool.  Thought I’d bring it along with my other instruments to the photo shoot and VOILA!

Looking forward to my concerts in Washington, DC at the end of the month for LPA.  In the meantime, I’m finishing up at my schools and saying goodbye to my friends who are moving on to Kindergarten next year.  Good luck to you all — you’ll love it!  I did.  Back in the day, I attended Plaza School in Baldwin, Long Island and Mrs. McKasty was my beloved Kindergarten teacher.  She was a master teacher, and as I got older I would assist her in class when all of the other kids left school for catechism on Wednesday afternoons.  She was kind, firm and creative.  Those were the days when every Kindergarten class had a piano and every teacher played it.  Ours was a blonde wood upright, and we would sit on the blue circle and sing with Mrs. McKasty.  I guess things haven’t changed that much, but it’s been a long time since I’ve visited a Kindergarten classroom with a piano in it!

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