The new concert date has been booked for Saturday, March 22. Same place and time! We will be having a Silver Collection for Camp Quality - the great organization that supports children touched by cancer and their families. Please contact me if you need more details.
It’s going to be excellent with the extra prep time! See you there
This winter storm has caused such havoc! There was just a small window to decide if the concert were to take place as scheduled. I thought it was better to err on the side of the safety of students and their families and have canceled the concert for tomorrow. The new date will be posted as soon as it is available.
Maybe this will give students a bit more time to “perfect” their concert piece! Enjoy your snow days!!
Have you ever wondered ”What are the most common chord progressions?”? Here is a link to a guitar chord progression simulator the “Progressionator”. You are able to select keys, chord progression pattern and a playing style. It’s designed for guitar players, but other instruments are sure to get some valuable ideas!
This link has a great TAB maker. It will save you a LOT of time. Try it out!
On sale today for $0.99 at Amazon- 101 Piano Practice Tips [Kindle Edition]
Have a look inside for some valuable practice ideas!
It’s time again to enjoy the wonderful music-making of students! Students have the opportunity to perform in a concert on February 22. It’s sure to be a wonderful event. It’s time for students to perfect their music. Think of it as an Olympic challenge!
Please contact me if you need more details.
You may find the following link an interesting read. It discusses listening to classical music and studying a musical instrument resulting in higher achievement in English and mental sharpness in later years.
Sight Reading music is often challenging, but so rewarding when this skill is mastered. Being able to quickly identify and play note names on the Treble and Bass staves are essential to becoming a good music sight reader. Using a mnemonic sentence will aid retention of note names. The old ones for spaces are well known. Below are two new sentences for line notes which may be very useful – Try them out!
Treble Clef line notes: Empty Garbage Before Dad Flips
Treble Clef Space Notes: F A C E
Bass Clef Line Notes: Garfield Bit Dad’s Foot Again
Bass Clef Space Notes: All Cows Eat Grass
Some students have too much on their plate to enjoy life!
Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
Here’s a snapshot of overloaded kids FOLLOWING lessons: (Friday Afternoon)
MOM: “Shiloh, Get ready for swimming. Your towel is folded into your knapsack…. Math Club reminder. Your cubic folder is on top of your cups. (athletic protector), and grab your Ukelele for choir. (The private school purchased 150 ukeleles, so each over-booked kid gets one)
“Honey, your fanny pack has three snacks separately wrapped and labeled. They should last you until Ian’s mom swings by for soccer. Grab your cleats, shin guards, and uniform, please.
15 guidelines for fast-tracking your family’s musical development!
Originally posted on Elissa Milne:
This year I have had a handful of gorgeous beginners taking lessons with me. I’m trialling new material for beginners and I need a cohort of children of different ages, genders, interests and learning styles so I can really test a range of approaches I believe will be more effective than the approaches I’ve used in the past. I haven’t auditioned these new students prior to accepting them into my studio – inviting a diverse group of children to explore the piano and learn musicianship and performance skills with me gives me my best chance of testing my material (as well as keeping me on my toes!).
Of all the diversities amongst these beginners the greatest is probably this: some children come from families of professional musicians while some come from families where no one has ever learned an instrument.
What does this mean? On the surface it means that I can write “start on F sharp” in a notebook of one student while in the notebook of another I need to draw a keyboard map with an arrow on the starting note. Or, a little bit deeper down, it means that I can assume at-home practice support for some students, while with others I need to assume that the student is the most expert musician in the home (no small difference between the two students!).