Category Archives: Parties/Recitals/Studio Happenings

Halloween Party Fun

We all had a great time at the Halloween Party. Everyone played a creepy Halloween song and the we did a very scarey Halloween Word search and scavenger Hunt!

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Awards Recital Fun

Christmas Concert

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I am beaming with pride today. My students are awesome and they ALL played beautifully last night at our Christmas Concert. All I can say is WOW!!

-Click here for a copy of our program-

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As usual, we had an enormous crowd. I received numerous compliments on the program. Congrats to my students for working toward a goal and achieving that goal by seeing it through to completion….beautifully!

 

Pizza Party Rehearsal

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Addison came ready to play and show his Christmas spirit!

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This year’s Bell Choir consists of Molly (not shown), Caroline, Addison, and Sarah. They rehearsed their bell choir pieces: Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Carol of the Bells.

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Colleen and Addison rehearsed the March from the Nutcracker Suite.

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Aaron and I rehearsed “Bells are Ringing” together.

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My bell choir are experts at rhythm and counting!

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April rehearses “Little Drummer Boy”

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Annabelle and I rehearsed the Overture from the Nutcracker Suite. Annabelle also rehearsed organ pieces by Bach and Handel.

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Sarah rehearses “”Welcoming the Guests” from the Nutcracker Suite.

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Abby rehearses “Uncle Drosselmeyer” from the Nutcracker Suite.

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Claire rehearses Clara and the Nutcracker, Spanish Dance, and Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker Suite.

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Annaliese rehearses Grandfather’s Dance from the Nutcracker Suite.

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I sat in for Grace at the party and played the Pas de Deux from the Nutcracker suite.

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Caroline rehearsed the Snowflake Waltz and the Finale from the Nutcracker Suite.

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Zoey and I played the Arabian Dance from the Nutcracker Suite.

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Delaney and I rehearsed Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker Suite.

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Delaney rehearsed Debussy’s “The Snow is Dancing” from the Children’s Corner Suite.

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Colleen is fast becoming my teacher assistant! She is playing duets with the younger students, playing Sliegh Ride and Duet Fantasy on Jingle Bells with me, and she took the photos for me at the Rehearsal. Gosh, thanks Colleen!!!

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Only Aaron and April were present to play Sleigh Ride, so everyone gladly stepped in to help them out!

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We all made some old fashioned colonial tree ornaments with a clementine, cloves and some ribbon.

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Zoey is super crafty!

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Annabelle, Delaney, and Annaliese are hard at work!

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Our ornaments that sure smell yummy.

 

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Sarah’s orange turned out great!

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Abby is also super crafty!

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Great job everybody!

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Aaron is enjoying hot cocoa with whipped cream….yumm

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The pizza finally arrived! (30 minutes late….hey, Papa John’s, can I get a free one next time??)

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Abby enjoys pizza after much work in the arts.

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Our pizza party rehearsal wouldn’t be complete without pizza and the Charlie Brown Christmas special on tv.

 

Halloween Party/Recital FUN!!

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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5th Annual Back to School Party

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Aaron gets ready for his first piano event!

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Updating Notebooks and Key chains

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Josie looks on as Annaliese and I play a duet.

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Delaney plays a Burgmuller piece.

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Caroline plays Sand Castles.

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April plays Lady Bug Waltz.

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Quintin and Isabelle listen to the performances. Isabelle is my youngest student ever! She begins lessons this week.

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Grace and I played Winter Waltz in G minor.

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Annabelle plays a Burgmuller piece.

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Addison plays Seaside Lullaby.

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Molly got some help from a left hand volunteer! Thanks Gracie!

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Annabelle also stepped in to be Molly’s left hand. Its always nice to have a piano buddy nearby!

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April and Josie – piano buddys!

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Molly and Claire- piano buddys!

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Delaney and Annaliese- piano buddys!

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Annabelle runs to get her shoes on in the “shoe game”.

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Shoe mayhem!

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We have our winners: Annabelle, Claire, and Delaney. Each won a $5 Five-Below gift card. Lucky!

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Everyone is hard at work on their practice chains.

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Emily, Aaron, and Sarah pick out their letter beads.

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Grace is working on her chain.

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Claire and Molly work together on their chains.

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April and Josie work together on their chains.

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Molly makes her tag for her practice chain.

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Great job, Abby!!

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Everyone is hard at work.

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Colleen serves ice cream- thanks for being a great teacher-assistant today!

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Isabelle, Quintin, and Addison wait in line to for their make-your-own-sundae….yummmm

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Gracie has the right idea! ICE CREAM!!!

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yummmy, Caroline!!

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Welcome Back to the Studio!

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Welcome to my new students!

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The practice chains look AWESOME!!

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Many hands producing wonderful music this year.

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….and with 3 birthdays coming up. (Look out birthday stickers, here we come!)

Let’s Make A Deal, Joseph!

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Ha! Guess what Joseph’s challenge was? ….needless to say, he rocked it!

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Who said summer lessons weren’t fun??

Studio Summer Game

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One of these clothespins contains the grand prize of a week of NO HOMEWORK!!

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Annaliese’s Challenge!

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Annaliese plays her challenge

Recital Fun

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Awards Recital Program 2014

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I just don’t know how to express just how PROUD I am of all of my students. They have all worked so hard this year, not only on their pieces, but on all of the requirements of their awards. Many of my students are now able to share their piano talents with others out and about in the community. Three are even playing out as professional accompanists for both Belvedere and Folger McKinsey Elementary School Chorus concerts.

Yesterday we had our end of the school year Awards Recital and it was fabulous. Everyone had a great time hearing all the pieces. Many of the parents commented to me about how nice it was to learn about the composer Claude Debussy and hear 3 of his pieces come to life at our own recital. Colleen gave us all an amazing finale with her performance of the Pathetique Sonata- what a great musical way to end the day.

I can’t wait to see what pieces next year’s recital program will hold!

*correction- Little Shepherd is # 5 of Debussy’s Children Corner Suite

Christmas Concert

We performed at St. Margaret's Church in Annapolis.

We held our recital at St. Margaret’s Church in Annapolis. Everyone performed beautifully!

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Our finale was “Sleigh Ride” with sticks and jingle bells.

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Bell Group

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Stick group

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Final bows

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Colleen and I performed March of the Toys, Toyland, and Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.

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Will dazzled everyone with a very jazzy Jingle Bells!

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Bell Choir- Played Once in David’s Royal City

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Delaney performed One Little Candle. She will play this on Dec 18 for the Chespeake Middle School Chorus.

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Megan played God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. It was beautiful!

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The Recorder Consort played Christmas Lullaby and Good King Wenceslas in 3-part harmony.

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Annabelle performed Do You Hear What I Hear and Dormi, Dormi- her first choral accompaniment piece.

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Molly played “There is no Christmas like a home Christmas”. She was amazing!

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Sarah played Good Christian Men, Rejoice and O Come All Ye Faithful.

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Claire played “The Night Before Christmas”. She looks beautiful at the piano and sets a wonderful example!

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Caroline rocked the house with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

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Gracie performed Hark the Herald Angels Sing. She looked beautiful at the piano and set a wonderful example!

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Our other Bell Choir performed “O Christmas Tree”.

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Joseph played “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

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Olivia and I played O Come Little Children.

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Quintin and I played “We Wish you a Merry Christmas”

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April and I played “Jingle Bells”. This was her first big recital!

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Gracie played “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. This was her first big recital!

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Addison opened our recital with “Silent Night”

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Caroline played “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

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Recorder Consort- They all deserve their black belt in recorder!

 

 

Pizza Party Rehearsal

Colleen was our official page-turner today.

Colleen was our official page-turner today.

Molly played her Christmas recital piece for everyone at the party.

Molly played her Christmas recital piece for everyone at the party.

We rehearsed Sleigh Ride with piano, sticks, and jingle bells!

We rehearsed Sleigh Ride with piano, sticks, and jingle bells!

April, Delaney, Quintin, and Claire were our stick people today.

Our recorder consort was wonderful.

Everyone played their parts beautifully.

Everyone played their parts beautifully.

Bell Choir sounds great!

Bell Choir sounds great!

Molly and Joseph enjoyed their pizza and wings.

Molly and Joseph enjoyed their pizza and wings.

Everyone had a great time watching Charlie Brown.

Everyone had a great time watching Charlie Brown.

The pizza was yummy!

The pizza was yummy!

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

December Fun in the Studio

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Claire, Annabelle, and Caroline rehearse their Bell Choir piece for the upcoming recital.

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Caroline and Sarah had fun on the piano while they waited for their turn on the bells.

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Gracie and I played the Christmas version of Cat and Mouse on the piano step. She was the Snowman protecting her snowflakes and I was the Christmas tree protecting my presents. She creamed me and stole far more of my presents than I did her snowflakes!

Encouraging Words

IMG_7195We are quickly prepping for Christmas around here and my students are helping each other for the next 3 weeks by offering some encouraging words to each other.

Our Christmas boxes contain:

  • each student’s name on a slip of paper
  • Decorative stickers
  • Christmas tags

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When my students arrive at their lesson, they pick a name out of the small box, pick a sticker out of the medium box, and finally a holiday tag out of the large box. IMG_7199

Then they write a note of encouragement to the student they picked and place the tag in our holiday mailbox. When the students arrive next week, they will all find a festive and encouraging note from a piano friend!

 

Halloween Party/Recital

We had a great time!!!

It’s almost Party time

Claire practices her Halloween party piece!

Claire practices her Halloween party piece!

It’s almost time for our annual Halloween party here at the studio and all of my students are eagerly practicing their creepy Halloween pieces to play for each other. My students will perform in costume and then be in for a ghoulishly fun time at the party! Only 3 days to go!