MAKE PLAYING THE PIANO SOMETHING YOU'LL DO FOREVER, NOT JUST SOMETHING YOU DO FOR NOW

Melodies at the Movies

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Saturday, piano students from all over Anne Arundel County gathered at the Annapolis Mall for some fantastic music in the movie theater lobby.

Sneak Peak of Delaney’s Performance

Sneak Peak of Annabelle’s Performance

Sneak peak of Caroline & Annabelle’s Performance

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Annabelle and Caroline wait their turn to perform. Annabelle played Hogwart’s March and they both performed Can You Feel the Love Tonight from the Lion King. Great job, girls!

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Delaney waits for her turn to perform the Potter Waltz in keyboard. Great job, Delaney!

Fall Book Bash

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April completed her Fall Book Bash Card on Friday! Great job, April–thats good for 5 bonus beads on your Practice Chain!

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April’s Piano Key Chain

IMG_8012Congratulations to Delaney, October Student of the Month. Delaney has been doing a superior job in lessons and has worked hard to receive a perfect lesson rating with 5+1 every week!

Delaney has some pretty difficult pieces, too. She memorized the “Potter Waltz” from the Harry Potter Movie and will be performing it at the Westfield Annapolis Mall “Melodies at the Movies event on November 15. She also learned the Toccata in D minor on the organ for our Halloween Party.

Currently, she is working on Debussy’s “The Snow is Dancing” from the Children’s Corner Suite and Tchaikovsky’s “Overture” from the Nutcracker Suite for our Christmas Recital in December. And that’s not all, she will also be accompanying the Chesapeake Bay Middle School chorus at their upcoming Winter Recital and the Anne Arundel County Festival Chorus Adjudications in the Spring.

She is a hard working professional pianist and really deserves this honor!

Delaney is in 7th grade this year and is working on her 5th year in piano lessons with me. When Delaney isn’t playing piano, she participates in Competitive Irish Step Dance, school chorus, and drama.

Delaney will have her photo on the wall of fame for the rest of the year and she will also receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to spend on fun music or anything else she wants.

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do:

Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
Have perfect attendance for the month.
Have an encouraging spirit toward other students.
Have a positive attitude in lessons.

Everyone played beautifully at the recital on Saturday night.

Here is what we do at the party:

  • Everyone arrives in costume
  • Party-goers have fun talking to the “Talking Pumpkin”
  • My students perform a creepy piece.
  • Costume contest prizes are handed out. (2 first place prizes received a $5 Five-Below gift card!)
  • Students proceed DOWN DOWN DOWN to the “Haunted Hallway”
  • Surprise treats of glow in the dark sticks, tattoos, creepy teeth, and stickers are passed out throughout the party.
  • We all enjoyed pizza, chips and punch.
  • Lots of fun and friend-time!
  • Everyone fills their bags at the “Candy Buffet”
  • Happy Halloween!!

We all had such a great time.

I want to especially like to thank Heather, Denise, and Mia for their help. I can assure you I could NOT have done this without them! THANK YOU!!!

Enjoy the photos….I’ll let them speak for themselves!

Click on the link below for the music program.

Halloween Recital 2014

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4 Days to go!

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Our annual Halloween Party is only 4 days away…

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…what spookiness do I have in store for my students??

Creepy Halloween Games

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Sarah was this year’s first ” 2014 Skull Master” First she places the skulls on the correct piano key, then has to put them back on the tree–only naming them as enharmonics!

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Delaney had to pick a key, based only on the number of sharps and flats. Then she made the key signature in both clefs with some creepy halloween characters. Finally, she had to pick a card with a scale degree, and name that scale degree of the key she was in.

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The Halloween Key Signature and Scale Degree Game.

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Grace completes her game and becomes a “2014 Skull Master”!

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The October Pumpkin Patch Game.

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Claire had to first pick a creepy card and place a pumpkin on the correct piano key. When she was done with the first half of the game, I called out the names of each note. She transferred that note from the pumpkin patch on the keyboard to its correct place on the music staff.

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Part one of the “Skull Master” game!

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Molly is a “2014 Skull Master” !

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Grace is a “2014 Skull Master” !

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We’re not done yet…there are more creepy halloween games to go!

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Scary sharps, flats, and naturals.

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The “Tree of Skulls”.

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Creepy Rhythms!

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Yummy Candy Corn Game!

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Spooky Intervals

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The musical pumpkin patch.

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Congratulations, April!

Congratulations to April, September Student of the Month. April has been a super piano student and during September she did something amazing–in one lesson she received a 5 practice beads for a fabulous job + 1 bead for really hitting it out of the park, and +3 for memorization! Thats a grand total of 5+4 all in one lesson– WOW! Bonus beads seem to be a regular addition to April’s lessons and because of her dedication to piano and hard work, she has been picked as Student of the Month!

April is in 3rd grade this year and is working on her 2nd year in piano lessons. When April isn’t playing piano, she likes to dance and express herself through art.

April will have her photo on the wall of fame for the rest of the year and she will also receive a $10 Music & Arts gift card to spend on fun music or anything else she wants.

Great Job, April! You’ve worked hard and deserve this honor!

 

Want to be student of the Month? Here is what you have to do:

Have a lesson rating of 5 for each week of the month.
Have perfect attendance for the month.
Have an encouraging spirit toward other students.
Have a positive attitude in lessons.

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