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Baroque Teahouse

Everyone had a wonderful time at our 4th annual Baroque Teahouse. This event was larger than ever! Students played Baroque pieces on the studio harpsichord while the rest of us enjoyed a wonderful afternoon high tea! My students played beautifully and I would like to give a very special thanks to our guest performer and composer Ellen Winner.

Baroque Concert

The concert was a huge hit with parents and student alike- here is Allen is performing one of his three pieces on the harpsichord, while the audience enjoyed their afternoon high tea.

Allen performs at our Baroque Concert

Allen performs at our Baroque Concert

Afternoon Tea for my students and their families.

Afternoon Tea for my students and their families.

Studio Happenings

It’s a busy time this week It’s not only Game Week, but several students are preparing for the Baroque Concert on March 10.

Colleen is working on her Baroque pieces.

Colleen is working on her Baroque pieces.

Megan practices her Baroque pieces.

Megan practices her Baroque pieces.

Our concert is taking place at Reynold’s Tavern in historic downtown Annapolis.

The studio harpsichord will travel to Reynold’s and the students will perform Baroque era pieces for the audiences as they enjoy Afternoon High Tea.

Game Week is in full swing and here are some more FUN highlights!

Sarah and I played Rhythm Round up--she creamed me in 4 out of 5 different games we played!

Sarah and I played Rhythm Round up–she creamed me in 4 out of 5 different games we played!

Sarah and I played Crazy Keys

Sarah and I played Crazy Keys

Cindy plays Enharmonic Snap

Cindy plays Enharmonic Snap

Megan plays the apple picking game.

Megan plays the apple picking game.

Game Week Highlights…so far

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Vangi finds the major/minor chords

Caroline and I play Steps/Skips

Caroline and I play Steps/Skips

Julia plays Falshcard Derby on the ipad

Julia plays Falshcard Derby on the ipad

Allison names the major and minor keys

Allison names the major and minor keys

Addison and I play the Funny Farm Game

Addison and I play the Funny Farm Game

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Note Bingo!

Quintin plays Snowman Skips and Steps

Quintin plays Snowman Skips and Steps

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Maddy matches the notes to their rests

Maddy works on Bass clef ledger lines

Maddy works on Bass clef ledger lines

Maddy speeds through Easter Egg Vocabulary Match-up

Maddy speeds through Easter Egg Vocabulary Match-up

Julia and I play the Interval Garden Game

Julia and I play the Interval Garden Game

Claire and I play Spooky Intervals

Claire and I play Spooky Intervals

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Evelyn plays Simon on the ipad

Evelyn and I play the What's Missing Rhythm Game

Evelyn and I play the What’s Missing Rhythm Game

Baroque Concert Practice

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Allison practices her pieces on the harpsichord for the Baroque Concert on Mar 10.

Annabelle practices 3 pieces for the Baroque Concert on Mar 10.

Annabelle practices 3 pieces on the harpsichord for the Baroque Concert on Mar 10.

It’s Game Week!

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Its game week! And that means all my students will have tons of fun at their lessons this week while they do nothing but play musical games that reinforce musical note reading, keyboard geography, time signature counting, triad inversion, key signature identification, and a whole host of other fun musical activities. This is a wonderful opportunity to work on a deeper understanding of the concepts that my students need to progress and REALLY fun way to learn!

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Remember- Practice sessions are the same length as their lesson.

Theory Workbook assignment should be done first, Lesson assignment as written next, and the rest of practice time on a Fun Book!

Here is a parent guide for what type of FUN book of music to buy- 

(Lesson Book 4 and Classical students)-

PVG or Piano Vocal in the upper right corner of the book cover is for intermediate to advanced players

(Lesson Book 1B, 2A, 2B, 3)-

Easy Piano is for Beginning/Early Intermediate players

(Lesson Book 1A)-

Big Note is for Beginning players

*Don’t buy anything with letter names written inside the music notes (EZ Play)- this won’t help them advance as musicians.
*Be aware that some Rock music on the piano can sound like elevator music even when the best of musicians play it. 
*Sometimes pop music has such complex rhythms, it has to be just sounded out. Beginning and Intermediate students aren’t able to negotiate the 32nd and 64th notes and syncopated rhythms in this type of music. Choose carefully! 
*Music with inappropriate lyrics (language, inappropriate sexual content) won’t be entertained in the studio.

One Minute Club

2012 One Minute Club Members

2012 One Minute Club Members

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the 2013 One Minute Club! Several of my students are already practicing their flashcards and becoming faster and faster at them in order to pass all 6 levels. Each level must be played on the piano in under 1 minute to move forward to the next level. But it’s not just one level at a time….no way! That would be too easy…

Level 1- C’s

Level 2- C’s and F’s

Level 3- C’s, F’s, D’s

Level 4- C’s, F’s, D’s, G’s

Level 5- C’s, F’s, D’s, G’s, B’s

Level 6- C’s, F’s, D’s, G’s, B’s, E’s, A’s

To become a member of the One Minute Club, each student has to play Level 6 on the piano 3 times in succession in under 60 seconds. Once they do, they receive the following:

  • One Minute Club Membership Card
  • $3.00 Gift Card to Menchies
  • A special treat at the Double Scoop Recital
  • A special treat at the Award’s Recital

Our reigning champion is Vangi with 42 seconds …….will someone beat the record this year?

 

Teacher links:

Membership Card 

One Minute Club Practice

One Minute initiations 

OneMinuteClub Members

Christmas Recital 2012

Everything looked beautiful!

Everything looked beautiful!

It was the biggest event yet! We had a great time and everyone played beautifully!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Christmas Pizza Party

Included in our list of things to do were:

  • Make Music
  • Enjoy Friends
  • Eat Food
Filbert came for a visti!

Filbert came for a visti!

We practice recital songs.

We played bells.

Everyone looked on and encourgaed each other.

 

We ate pizza and watched Charlie Brown.

We ate pizza and watched Charlie Brown.

We sightread Christmas songs.

We made cinnamon music ornaments this year.

 

We practiced "Sleigh Ride"

We practiced “Sleigh Ride”

Everyone joined in!

Everyone joined in!

 

Julia K says "Merry Christmas" !

Julia K says “Merry Christmas” !

 

 

 

Fall at the Mall

Fall at the Mall was held at the Annapolis Mall. 150 students from all over Ann Arundel county played for a huge audience and shoppers passing by. It was a great event and the students really had a good time.

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Our own recording studio

Right now, my students are in the midst of a recording project…..I’m really excited about this, but will say no more –except here is a little preview:

Painted Rocking Horse  (starts at around 10 seconds in)

Halloween Party Fun

Welcome to the party!

We all had a great time at the Halloween party yesterday. Everyone played wonderfully- what a joy to have so many talented pianists in one room! I took tons of photos and you can see them all here:

HALLOWEEN PARTY PHOTOS

October Adult Rep Class- So Much Fun!

Cindy was a wonderful hostess at our first Adult Rep Class of the year! (and she makes a fantastic crab dip!)

We all had a wonderful time- we played “Name that Timbre” and Name that (creepy) Tune. Cindy was the lucky winner of a Box Wine….

Megan is our newest member-  she played Beautifully!!!

Will and Evelyn sampled Cindy’s Hot Toddy- yummm!

Will and I performed a CREEPY Halloween duet (brilliantly, of course!)

Evelyn tells the group about her piece before she played. Thanks Evelyn!