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??
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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!)

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!