It's one of the favorite times of the year in the studio, as we will start Halloween piano games. Over the many years of teaching, I've collected various games for fall and Halloween, which the students love. Yet this year I found 3 new games to add to the studio from Wunderkeys. These games are great for student who are learning notes on the staff and piano keys. https://wunderkeys.com/toolkit/halloween-color-it-note-reading/ You can use these as a coloring sheet or print t
This weekend I had a chance to decorate the door and feel that it expresses how I feel with our student and parents (past and current). They are and continue to be a blessing and a treat to us. So here's the pic. Do you have a door to decorate? If so, what do you have on it? Would like to know what inspiring message you have for your students and parents. Thanks for your support. Blessings.
Growing up playing piano, I was blessed to play some many songs. Now as a teacher, I get the chance to share these beautiful songs with my students. Just learned a bit more background of the song To a Wild Rose, by Edward MacDowell from Wikipedia. Check what they wrote. "Marian, (his wife) recalled how her husband would regularly write a few measures during breakfast — "like exercise" — before going off to the cabin. Normally, MacDowell discarded such fragments, and this part
I must admit that I'm obsessed with pirates, collecting costumes for events. Not sure why I'm passionate about pirates. After talking to my dad this year, he said he wouldn't be interested in being a pirate in real life. They don't bath, eat well, always at sea and many other factors. Yet in honor of Talk like a pirate day, here is a video of He's a Pirate from one of my many favorite movies: The Pirates of the Caribbean. The song in the key of D minor and 12/8 time is just g
Finally had a chance to finish up the cover page for the upcoming Halloween Event. I'm calling it a Spook-less Halloween Event. I'm so proud of all of the piano, acting and voice students. They are doing very well. We still have work to do, yet I'm so proud of them. Some of our students are playing original piano solos, movie music, minor classical songs and some duets, plus our acting students are doing three short scripts. Anticipating amazing things from this event. What a
The past few blogs have been about Halloween music, yet what if you have a student who doesn't want something "spooky" or doesn't celebrate Halloween. In the past I've taught arrangements of Bach's Taccato in D Minor, Beethoven's 5th Symphony and other classics. Would certainly like to teach Prelude in E Minor by Chopin, Autumn by Vivaldi and Autumn Leaves (the jazz version) to someone during the Fall season. Anticipating those days. Yet here are three short songs that studen
When you hear the word lament, what do you think? Webster delineates lament as: to mourn aloud, to express sorrow, mourning, or regret demonstratively. This selection by Wendy Stevens really goes to the deepest parts of grief in a persons life. She wrote this song when the pandemic occurred, still leaving us with more uncertainties, confusion. The world grieved and to be honest, continues too. Yet today our nation will grieve over the loose of so many lives taken 20 years ago
Last year I came across a fun book called Monster Jam by Kristen Allred, thorough KJOS Music. This Late Elementary Book is filled with original songs about Monsters and their "dances". Allred wrote songs with great pedagogy foundations, yet still sound advanced. Over the past few weeks I've tried to make YouTubes on my page, to share her incredible music. I'm just sharing three of the eight songs. Your students will love these selections. One of the songs called Dracula Getti
Just wanted to share that I decided today to cancel the Oz Play this and next weekend. We didn't have enough people participate. So I'm going to try for another future time. It's all good. Thanks for your support. Blessings.