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Nov 8

November 8, 2016


I find myself saying…

“If I can just get to the next rehearsal, it’ll all be good.” And it always is good.  I don’t need to get through rehearsal, I need to get to it.  I love rehearsing.  Playing with the entire orchestra, the whole section, a friend, my students.  That’s the best part! But you guys!  There’s so much else to do to keep the ball rolling so that I can rehearse. Deposit the checks Email the parents Pay the bills Copy the…

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Nov 30

November 30, 2015


It’s a myth!

And, it’s all in your head. The longer I teach, the more I hear from my students how beautifully I play. Thank you, you sweet, ignorant, dears.  *wry smile* There’s a myth that originates in the mind of students, and it goes something like this:  “My teacher plays perfectly.  They must think I’m such a putz.  I’ll never play like them.” Truth is, you only hear the good stuff.  You’ll likely never hear me struggle with a piece in V,…

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Sep 2

September 2, 2015


Kentucky Cello Day 2015

Get registered for Kentucky Cello Day 2015 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky by following this link: It will be another fantastic day for cellists of all ages to hear and play and learn with others from across the state that just LOVE THE CELLO!  For only $10 a person. And, tell me, please, what could be better than that?! I’m taking as many people as would like to go.  So don’t forget to let me know…

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Aug 27

August 27, 2015



That’s our cat. Cute, right? Ornery.  That’s what I say.  And handsome.

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May 21

May 21, 2015


Summer Strings

Summer Strings at Grace Salsman Cello Studio in St. Matthews Middle & High School Cellists -July 13th to 24th, 2015- -$180- —————– -Chamber Music- -Basics of Music Theory- -Music History- -Instrument Maintenance- -Casual Recital- ——————– for details check out -or- contact Grace at or 502.257.2539 ALL CELLO. ALL THE TIME. Click the tab to the far right to learn more   ————–>

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Mar 10

March 10, 2015


Shop for Strings with Confidence

It’s Cello Month according to Johnson String Instruments!  WOOHOO! So, cruise on over to their guide for buying strings and learn a little about what you want your instrument to sound like. Let me know what you find!  

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Feb 1

February 1, 2015


Serious Case of the Mondays

It happens every week.  I pack up my cello and load my bag full with tall, fat music folders, the folding music stand, my purse, a pencil, my calendar, and as I head for the door I turn back to collect my rock stop at the foot of my stand in the music room.  I will forever be in need of yet another rock stop. I drive cautiously with my cello in the backseat.  I’m not distracted, but I’m highly…

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Jan 9

January 9, 2015


“The City Of Music” from 60 Minutes

Here’s a nice article with video from 60 Minutes about Cremona and the forest where Stradivarius got the wood to make his famed instruments. More HERE.

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Nov 13

November 13, 2014



It’s not about being nice.  It’s not lying.  It’s not giving false hope. It is simply about reminding them of their own progress. For a student that does the work, it can be difficult to see the progress, but it’s there.  I’m obligated to highlight that progress, to push them forward, to give them the courage to dive into the next unknown. I am happy to be able to encourage my students.  I feel lucky to have students that work…

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Sep 24

September 24, 2014


Woah, Nellie!

I am a slow-poke.  Notorious, in fact.  I walk slowly.  I am a fan of the slow food movement.  I have to keep from going below the speed minimum when driving long stretches of the interstate… Did you say ‘vivace’?  How ’bout ‘andante’ instead?  Lento?  Even better! So, sometimes, it’s hard for me to understand why a student would take a tune so000 fast upon seeing it for the first time.  Initially, when it happened, I was totally surprised.  Of course…

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