June 2016 Lesson: Ending the insanity practice method

June 2016 Organ Lesson: ending the insanity

At the start of my organ lesson on June 11, I shared with Michael how depressed I felt after the previous lesson. That lesson felt like rock bottom. He asked “What did you do about …

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August 2015 Lesson – When it feels like you are never going to get it

Going into my lesson last Saturday I felt confident that I would receive a passing mark on 4 of my 6 assigned pieces. I didn’t obtain approval on any piece! My performance at this lesson …

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Is subdividing the answer to my tempo problems? – June 2015 Lesson

Music staff for subdividing post

On July 13, I meant with Michael for another organ lesson at his church. When I arrived there were many cars in the parking lot. I was glad it was not surprise recital day! They …

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May 2015 Lesson – Home practice vs. performance

On May 16th, I met with Michael at his church for an organ lesson. We realized that I’m not always able to play at my lesson as well as I do at home. I started …

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March 2015 Lesson – confidence and showing improvement

Last Saturday, I had my latest organ lesson with Michael. I didn’t have a lesson in February as the day we were scheduled to meet there was too much snow. At this lesson, I learned …

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St. Tim’s Discovers – Michael Gartz Organ Concert at St. Rose

Michael Gartz plays the organ at St. Rose Catholic Church, Perrysburg, OH

Last Saturday evening (for date night) my husband, Ted, and I enjoyed dinner out and then a delightful organ concert at St. Rose Catholic Church. This concert was part the St. Tim’s Discovers series which …

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Reflections on 5 years of organ lessons (Sept 2009 – Sept 2014)

Reflections on 5 years of Organ Lessons

September 2014 marks the 5th anniversary of when I started organ lessons.  5 years of taking lessons is a huge milestone. My initial goal when starting out was to become a church organist within 5 years. I have …

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June 2014 Organ Lesson with an experiment

Last Saturday, I met with Michael for another organ lesson. It had been 10 weeks since my last lesson! We did an experiment with “Crown Him with Many Crowns” which I share about at the end …

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