Chris Foley

July 2, 2021

Early Registration and other June Activities

Over the last few years, we’ve had a sizeable increase in the number of students from our area interested in piano lessons. In order to streamline the process, we decided to institute an early registration deadline for current families to submit the first month’s (or first semester’s) payment before we can accept any new students. Alth...
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June 18, 2021

A Slightly Slower Pace

The last few weeks have been some of the busiest of the year, with a combination of preparing my students for their RCM remote exams, uploading dozens of videos for my year-end online studio recital on YouTube, organizing the watch party for it, organizing pre-registration for the coming year, and getting materials ready for a full sum...
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May 21, 2021

Until That Time, Everything is Sales

Earlier this week, Wendy and I finalized our studio policy for the coming year. This is an important document, as it outlines policies and procedures for all current and prospective students, including rates. Last year I wrote a two-partseries on writing studio policies during Covid, and the difference from then to now is that things a...
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May 14, 2021

Rose-coloured Enthusiasm

Last week I adjudicated for the North Fraser Music Festival. The advanced-level pianists I heard played very well on the whole, and the adjudication was asynchronous - pre-recorded performances rather than live. The festival organizers allotted lots of time, so I never felt rushed when hearing the 80-odd performances, and was able to w...
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April 30, 2021

Stay in Shape

Back in early December, Margo Garrett asked me to write something for her Collab Corner in the NATS Journal of Singing. An idea simmering on the back burner for a while was finding a correlation between the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 with the sudden emergence of the first significant lieder repertoire in the months following, mo...
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April 23, 2021

A Conversational Style

Reading is important to me, and I've always found value from following independent blogs since their inception around 20 years ago. A conversational style, wide-ranging commentary, and lack of structure in relation to more established forms of writing helped blogs to resonate with me, and in the early days there was something charming ...
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April 16, 2021

April is the Cruelest Month

Things had been going pretty smoothly for much of the year. I've been cutting down on the number of projects I've been doing in order to focus on teaching, writing articles, and personal time. The last few months have been relatively medium-paced, and I had been managing to keep the number of things I'm working on at any given time und...
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April 9, 2021

That Line of Inquiry is Strongly Discouraged

At such a time of uncertainty for so many people, this spring is turning out to be a time of stability and comforting routine for me. Weekdays start with a double espresso and an hour of writing in the mornings, followed by breakfast, email, and errands. I've got several writing projects on deck, including articles for the NATS Journal...
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April 2, 2021

An Unexpected Malady of Online Teaching

Hi everyone, Just when I was starting to get comfortable with a hybrid setup of teaching my piano students both online and distanced in-person throughout the day, the rise of variants in Ontario has precipitated a return to lockdown conditions starting this weekend. When I teach in person, I like to pace the room, sit, stand, and move ...
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March 26, 2021

Overcoming Sameness

Last week I spent four days remote examining for The Royal Conservatory. These were my first examining days since January, and were a welcome break from my usual full schedule of online and distanced in-person teaching. Through the week I heard young pianists from all over North America via Zoom, and a typical day might find me startin...
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