Time for Back-to-School and Halloween

Over the summer all of my students completed 5 one-hour lessons to keep up their technical skills, theory, and sight reading which get them ahead of the game for the new school year. They were all SO ready for September piano lessons and back-to-school! Right now they are busy with school activities and homework but they all make time to practice for their lessons. After all, music is an equal part of their educations- if Math isn’t optional, neither is music! Just look back to the ancient Greeks and their educational systems- we still base our education on these subjects today: grammar, rhetoric, and logic, geometry, arithmetic, MUSIC, and astronomy.

This year, our piano hands are becoming filled with stars (see photo)- each star represents one year in piano. My students are dedicated and have been studying with me for years! I couldn’t be more proud. This year we are working on memorization skills- our “practice” beads have been traded in for “memorization” beads. Every time my one of my students memorizes a page of music, they receive a bead for their chain…and the chains are growing already- WOW

October is time for Halloween party music, so each year we take a lesson to go “shopping” for a piece. This means that I play through a number of  Halloween songs and the student gets to choose which piece they want to play at the party. I think its a tie between this and Game Week for my students all-time favorite lessons of the year!

I know it feels too early for Christmas, but not in the piano studio! Some of my more advanced students have already been preparing their Christmas pieces for a couple of months- it going to be a great concert this year; bell choir, percussion ensemble, Jazz Christmas songs, as well as our favorite traditional Christmas pieces. Stay Tuned!

 

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Piano Highs and Lows

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The road of progress has become a tree.

We all know by now that piano has its ups and downs, highs and lows. Sometimes piano is great fun; the music is easy, practice goes smoothly and quickly and progress is noticeable. Other times, it’s not so warm and fuzzy. On the uphill practice isn’t much fun anymore and it takes longer, the pieces are harder, and progress isn’t as easy to notice. These are the moments when pianists are on the uphill. And it doesn’t matter how good you are or how old you are. ALL pianists go through this. Even the professionals. We all feel discouraged sometimes. Its normal.

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The road we had last year will become a tree this year with lots of branches and turns…but only one of those branches will lead to advanced skills in piano and its the one with all the highs and lows; the fun and the not-so-fun times.

The tree is my latest project in the studio this summer.  It’s not nearly done yet. There are many more branches to design and paint along with tons of leaves to add. I have lots of work and planning to do in order to finish it….kind of like my students when they learn a new song.

Motivation, focus, desire, practice, mistakes, fun, and sometimes hard work– that’s what it will take from me to get our new tree finished.