Snowball the Dancing Cookatoo


There is certainly no shortage of fascinating and really useful material on utube. It’s a great teaching resource. And while I will not pretend that this can ever compete with the experience of live performance and real people working together one-on-one, it is giving us access to some truly great performances of repertoire.

I have to say that so far, Snowball is my favourite amateur utube performance just for the sheer joy of experiencing music. If you haven’t yet played the video, do it now. It’s guaranteed to made you feel good! There is also some interesting science behind this.

Until neuroscientist, Dr. Aniruddh Patel, saw this wildly popular utube video of Snowball, he and the scientific community believed  that keeping time to a beat was something unique to humans. His subsequent study of Snowball is the first to document that non-human vocal learners also share this ability, something they suspected but had not yet proven.

If you are interested in a clear and concise explanation of the science behind his research, check out this great blog entry by Isobel MacIver on Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo, YouTube and Scientific Discovery.  Well worth the read.



Music is Key to Child’s Development

Music activates, stimulates and uses the entire brain.

In case you haven’t received this directly from the Royal Conservatory of Music, here is a link to The Benefits of Music Education, a  summary of the recent neuroscience research proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social and creative potential.


Spring Newsletter

This week I think Spring has finally arrived for good! And that means that we are into the last six weeks of lessons before the summer break. I have already been talking with students about preparation for our June Recital.  Please be sure to mark your calendars!

Friday, June 13, 2014, 6:45-7:45 pm

St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Peterborough, doors will open at 6:30.

As some students graduate and move on to college and university, I have some openings coming up and would certainly welcome referrals. Registration forms will be going home with students this week so that you can indicate interest and scheduling preferences for next year.

I am also happy to arrange summer lessons, so please let me know if you are interested.

Happy Spring!