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[Comments] (2) Halloween Lullaby: Rachel wrote this lullaby for Dalton. Supposedly it has "a lot" of verses, but this was all I heard.

Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep
Charlie Brown
Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep
Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep
Peppermint Patty
Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep

Little boy wondering what to be, what to be
Little boy Halloween
Little boy wondering what to be, Linus
Little boy trick-or-treat

Maggie also loved the song - beeping and Peanuts, what's not to love?

[Comments] (2) Sing Song: Do you ever get a song in your head and wonder where you heard it before? Ember is learning Jacques Offenbach's Barcarolle. I finally decided it was in Life is Beautiful and I was right. Thanks, Wiki.

Last night we held a piano recital for my students, my first. Only four of my students were able to attend, but they did such a great job. I'm so proud of them.

[Comments] (1) Teaching Piano: I had so much fun teaching piano lessons today. I paid a girl on our street to babysit Maggie so I didn't have to worry about her. Best investment ever. My new students are so bright and because they are younger, I've been looking for some fun games to incorporate into our lessons. I found so much stuff, I can't wait to use some new ideas next week for all my students.

ETA: I had a really hard time searching for game ideas online. I finally managed to stumble onto two websites that were helpful: Music Matters Blog and this blog.

I use the Bastien books. I looked at several other programs and decided to use what I was familiar with. Recently, I looked closely at some other series' to see if I could find something better for my pre-reading student, and I decided I'm very happy with the Bastien. It has some major flaws - focus on "hand positions" rather than note-reading for one - but I still think it's the best.

[Comments] (4) Richardson Musical Oddity Poll:

1. Do you know the song, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"?
2. What words do you sing to "Pop Goes the Weasel"?
3. How much of The Music Man can you repeat off the top of your head? And how fast?

Think about it before you respond.

[Comments] (2) Summer School Musical: This evening I started teaching 2 new piano students, my adorable next door neighbors. They are very excited (well, one of them is) and already know a bit about music. Their parents are enthusiastic about them learning to play the piano, so they are off to a good start.

Ember had a piano lesson also today. I was lucky enough to have Erin drop me off to pick up the Pathfinder on her way home (if a ride to spend $950 can be considered lucky).

I did grocery shopping, went to the library, did a little weeding and laid around the house reading today. Oh, and I also made a fantastic recipe called Layered Caribbean Chicken Salad for dinner. John loved it, as he should since it was chock full of his favorite ingredients. John is home for his "vacation", but with his strained ankle, he isn't having much fun. We were going to stay the night at the cabin, but he can sit on the couch just as easily here, and we think maybe walking on the uneven gravel up there last weekend is what aggravated his ankle.

Music Teacher: Last week I started giving Ember piano lessons. Today was her second lesson. She is really into it and is a good practicer, so it is going very well. I picked out the Bastien lesson books for her, which are the same ones I learned from. I am really enjoying teaching her.

Since we will be watching Jazmine while Brook's family goes to Florida next week (or I will, at least, since John will be out of town as well), Erin has been bringing her to the lessons. Maggie just loves Jazmine (she also chased Jodi's cat Princess around), but she slept right through the lesson today, and kept on sleeping for 2 1/2 hours. I think poor Erin was a bit bored, but I did get some books from the library on decluttering and simplifying that she looked through.

[Comments] (1) Bottom's Up: Here is one of the songs I made up to sing to Maggie while I am changing her. To the tune of Particle Man.

Nakey bum, nakey bum
Nakey bum meets diaper bum
They have a fight; diaper wins
Diaper bum


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