So I got my fancy official letter today from CFMTA and (cue drum roll) my honorarium! And I've already decided what I'm going to buy with my prize money: a professional-quality USB microphone called the Blue Snowball. I got my inspiration for this purchase from an invaluable music blog called Pianoanne (I love you Pianoanne!).
I can hook up this cool-looking gadget to my iPad and start recording pieces with Garage Band right away.I plan to record my own stuff, plus music that I'm working on and some students' work as well. Also this mic will be a welcome addition to our intimate studio recitals. My snowball will be arriving soon; I have my piano tuning arranged and I'm working away like mad with any spare time that I have. Stay tuned for lots of updates on my new toy!