So thankful that I'm still learning how to help students flourish while in quarantine. I've recently came across a favorite classical song that is familiar to everyone, no matter if you know music or not. The most classic song by Beethoven: Fur Elise. The beautiful melody tells an incredible story. I'm not here to share history about the song, yet wanted to share how this song has impacted my studio recently. Specifically how a small arrangement has helped with some of my stu
This week a student shared a great Faber arrangement of Color of the Wind from Pocahontas, from the Disney ShowTime Piano Level 2A. She really likes this song and we decided that she would make a video, to share. Hope you like this arrangement. So proud of her. Keep up the amazing work. Blessings.
Here is another hymn arrangement that has been ministering to me while in quarantine. I Need Thee Every Hour by Robert Lowery, is an incredible reminder of how much we need God everyday. The arrangement through Piano Pronto by Christina Mathis is filled with a the precious and sacred melody that will lift your spirits in times of uncertainty. The arrangement is in the key of F, yet it starts with an ascending C scale that includes a set of 5 and 6 sixteenth note set (as each
Growing up in a small Baptist Church, hymns were so prominent in the services. I was the one who shared more "modern worship" when I was there. Yet I can say that recently I've been working on some hymn arrangements that have been ministering to me. This song by Charles C. Converse and this one is arranged by Sarah Reaser O'Brien, from Piano Pronto. The melody is so gorgeous, filled with musical surprises that will keep the listener engaged through the entire song. The song s
This week I had a friend share a video of a young boy who is playing a song called Isolation Song, which he composed. I have never heard of him until this week, yet I was so blessed and encouraged by his abilities and talents. The sounds he produced from the piano are so mature, lovely, empowering and filled with such beauty. I'm so mesmerized by his level of skill at such a young age. How I'm looking forward to hearing more from Stelios Kerasidis, a young composer. Plus I ju
With all the online lessons, I've been using more notecards to keep track of what each student is working on. So I put their "assignments" on the card, which I put their music and scripts and keep in draws I got from Sam's a few years ago. Know it sounds silly, yet it is really helping me keep track of everyone. What are you using? How do you keep track of their work in this time? Would love to know how you're doing it. I'm still learning everyday on to do online lessons. Tha
The song Rise Again, by Dallas Holms is a favorite of mine growing up as a kid in a small Baptist church. I remember hearing my Dad sing it and when I was able to learn how to play and sing this song, I knew it would always be a favorite. Came across the song again recently and decided with the recent Easter season coming this Sunday, I thought I would make a video. The song shares about Jesus' life, where although people mocked Him for the boldest statement "I'm God's Son".
One of our voice students created a song called You Will Never Fail. He created this song to encourage everyone that no matter what God never fails. He is always with us, taking exceptional care of all people. Please check it out. Think it will bless and encourage you in this time. This is one of my favorite moments is when the students create music or scripts. Stay safe and healthy. Blessings.
With the recent online lessons, I've learned how to keep track of all the scanned items, that I've sent to parents and students for their lessons. Once I scan a song or script from a book, then I title the scan and put it into the new file called scanned on the computer. Think this will save on time for another student and parent. I'm still learning. What are you doing to keep track of your scanned items? Just curious. Thanks for your support.
Just wanted to explain about some of the games I shared on the Free Resources. Hope this helps. The first game is a 2 and 3 set piano race. It's a game for those of you who start students on the black keys first. The game is simple to play. You will need to print off the cards on card stock and possibly laminate them. You and the student(s) will get a lego or small game piece to place at the left side of the piano. If you pick a card with a 2 or 3 set, you move to the one tha