Makeshift Piano Stands

If you are trying to go on the cheap and use random things around the house to support your piano, you’d better be careful.

What do most people have laying around the house that would be a candidate for a piano stand?

Should I just use a table? Sure, you could use a coffee table. Most coffee tables are very low though. Not many are long enough to support the full length of a digital piano though. Depending on your actual coffee table, it could not be very sturdy. If it has glass on the center, your table may not even be completely level. This could put excess pressure on the glass–a disaster waiting to happen.

How about a regular desk? Desks are usually extremely high to put a piano on it. You may be able to get away with putting very thin keyboards on a desk to practice at home. It will take up a ton of space, and you will need to clear off your desk every time you use it. Digital pianos will dominate the entire desk, almost requiring the entire surface. You may as well dedicate something that works as a better piano stand!

If you have textbooks or heavy phone books laying around, they are an option. All those books you couldn’t sell back in college are sitting around collecting dust, so why not try to find a use for them, right? They may weigh a ton, but they are definitely not sturdy! Get into some emotional lines of music, get carried away, and your books could tumble or your piano could very well slide off and crash. What a waste! Bad idea unless all you have is a piano and books in your studio apartment scrounging coins for your next ramen meal.

Unused chars is another option. This can be stable, but chairs are rarely flat all the way across. Heavy pianos can have unnecessary pressure on the wrong points. This can cause bending or stress on the expensive piano of yours! Also the chairs get in the way of using a pedal below since your feet are blocked off. My advice is to not have any makeshift piano stands at all!…

The New Shift to Distance Education

There are many reasons why one may consider using distance education as their primary tool for higher learning. People may turn to this type of education simply because of where they are located. Citizens of very rural towns are afforded an opportunity to obtain a very reputable education from the comfort of their own home. This tool has given people access to an education that once seemed very unattainable. The lack of actual, physical learning institutions in smaller towns has been replaced by resources provided by the power of the internet. Traditional style classroom settings have been replaced by webinars and e-mails. This paradigm shift has the potential to produce some of the most educated people the world has ever seen. This new shift has given hope to those who once thought quality learning was out of their reach.

Years ago Many people would turn to correspondence courses that were available by mail. Students would obtain lesson plans, homework assignments and course out via the post office. The problem with this at the time was many of the programs were either not accredited or simply not recognized as a suitable education. Today, the internet has replaced this old-fashioned method with educational opportunities that are not only recognized, but fully accredited as well. Many of the most traditional and well-known schools provide quality learning opportunities via the World Wide Web. This phenomenon allows the schools to tap into a new breed of learners. This, of course, is the pool of students who simply would not have been afforded an opportunity to attend the standard brick and mortar institution. It is a powerful shift in how schools are providing quality education and training.

Of course there are drawbacks to every new and developing trend. In addition, distance learning is certainly no exception. Although the internet provides extremely reputable educational opportunities, there are plenty of programs that are pure scams. One who is pursuing an education via the internet must be wary of what are known as 'diploma mills' or 'degree mills'. These programs award students with an academic diploma or degree even though the education they are receiving is of poor quality. The programs are also offering such awards although they are not a fully accredited institution. Many states in the US are beginning to crack down on these fraudulent companies, but many are still fully operational. Diplomas and degrees being offered by these mills is certainly not just a problem in the US, but internationally as students in poorer countries are desperate for a chance at higher learning.

This trend in providing quality education using the internet will continue to grow for years to come. Schools are initially beginning to recognize the power behind providing classes using the internet. This shift is not only beneficial for the schools, but students as well. The whole educational process will come full circle using the power of today's technology. Moreover, the ever-changing information era will continue to provide those with quality learning tools that …

University of Missouri (MU) Tigers Football Player Taken in 2010 NFL Draft – 1 Mizzou Tiger Selected

The University of Missouri (commonly referred to as MU or Mizzou) Tigers had one player taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that was held in New York City in April. The name of the lone player selected from the Columbia, Missouri based college is Sean Weatherspoon.

Weatherspoon was the first player selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 19th overall pick. The Falcons are excited about adding a talented young linebacker to the heart of their defense.

Weatherspoon was born in December of 1987 in Greenville, South Carolina and long before he grew into a top tier professional football prospect at 6’1″ and 239 pounds he excelled as a high school athlete in the rich prep football land of the state of Texas. The multi-talented Weatherspoon demonstrated himself to be a three sport star at Jasper High School in Jasper, Texas. Jasper is located near the Louisiana and Texas border on the east side of Texas.

In addition to being a college recruited linebacker in high school Sean played basketball and participated in track and field at Jasper High School. While best known for being an All-State football player Sean was an All-District performer as a guard on the basketball team and an All-State high jumper on the track team.

Despite being a dual threat as a contributor on both defense and offense as a wide receiver on the grid iron in high school Sean had to overcome the hurdle of being relatively undersized for his linebacker position as a high school athlete looking for top tier collegiate football recruiting attention. Despite eventually vaulting himself to becoming the second linebacker selected in the 2010 NFL Draft (behind only Rolando McClain from the University of Alabama who was taken by the Oakland Raiders with the number 8 pick) Weatherspoon had relatively few college football scholarship offers to choose from as a high school senior. Missouri ultimately won out over competing full ride scholarships from Iowa State University and Texas Christian University (TCU) amongst others.

After playing in every game at the University of Missouri as a true freshman in 2006 Sean had a breakout season his sophomore year in 2007 in which he earned first team All-Big 12 honors for his efforts. Sean eventually earned numerous accolades from various organizations as a second and third team All-American selection at his linebacker position.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is excited about bringing Sean Weatherspoon into his organization. Coach Smith believes Sean will compete for a starting linebacker position and also hopes to get him on the field as soon as possible by using him in special teams situations.…

The Essential Home School Books

In a day and age when even sending your kids to school can be dangerous or ineffective, more and more parents are taking control of their children's education by choosing to home school. Home schooling is certainly not the answer in all situations. But occasionally it becomes evident that a particular child will achieve greater success through home schooling as opposed to the traditional learning environment.

Home schooling, however, is not something to approach lightly. It is absolutely essential that those teaching the child – whether a parent or other instructor – are qualified to provide a home school education. And part of providing this education is the use of educational material such as home school books.

Home school books should mirror the curriculum being introduced in the child's particular grade level. Home schooling is a commitment to providing the child a safe and comfortable learning environment; but it is also a commitment to keeping the child on track educationalally with their peers. Subsequently, home school books should focus on meeting curriculum goals as identified by the school district and home educators. And the material should be taught in a way that addresses the particular needs of the student.

Another particular use for home school books is to attend to those special learning needs sometimes required by home schooled students. Often, when a child is struggling with certain learning disabilities, a parent will make a decision to attempt home schooling in an effort to individually focus on the child and achieve educational success. Home school books that address these individual obstacles can have far reaching impact on successful learning.

Home school books – along with individualized curriculum – can be found online and will walk instructors through the instructional process with ease and comfort. Parents who choose to home school should familiarize themselves with the curriculum and the information found in home school books so they can best tailor the instruction to meet the student's needs.

Home schooling, when done properly and responsibly, can help students with particular needs make educational headway. Use home school books to lay the foundation for a quality education. …