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In honor of Halloween wanted to share a brand new song by Jason Siffort from the piano book called Strange Sounds, through Willis Music. This brand new song is one I will teach even after Halloween. Sifford creates a song called Lupus Ululat (Latin: the wolf howls), where he is created a song with "crazy tempos" throughout the piece and various dynamics. The song is in A Harmonic Minor, plus extra accidentals that make the song sound eerie and creepy. Sifford starts the song
Jolly Old St Nicholas Piano Quartet
Wanted to share a quick arrangement of an Early Elementary version by Phillip Keveren from the book Christmas Piano Ensemble Level 1 through Hal Leonard. This very basic arrangement includes 4 parts. The video consists of me playing each of the parts seperately and then I sent the videos to my friend who put all the of the parts together. I'm really excited about hearing what Keveren's song sounded like together. Currently I have a family who is supposed to play this for the
Newer Christmas Songs from My Studio
The past few weeks have been busier than ever. Last week I got a virus, so I spent time resting and teaching lessons online. Plus last Saturday we had a Halloween Studio Event (thankfully I felt well enough for move forward), where the students outdid themselves. The week before that was the first fall concert I was able to accompany, where the students sang songs from The Sound of Music, Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. If you know anything about me, that's totally up
Food for Thought. Literal
Saw this a few weeks ago and it has got me thinking more. Even though I teach voice, piano and acting lessons, my "brand" is different than others. This was the encouragement I needed recently. What are your thoughts? Would like to know. Thanks for your support. Blessings.
Tamara Niekludow's Short Halloween Songs
Over two weeks ago, found out about an Irish piano teacher and composer named Tamara Niekludow. She share with a FB group about very short Halloween songs that are simple and fun for piano students to learn. Here are YouTubes I made recently. The first one is called Haunted House, a 16 measure song, is filled with a variety of musical concepts in such a short song. Niekludow's creates a melody in A Harmonic minor, including a D#, which makes the song more interesting. Line 1
Trick or Treat Bucket Notes Game
The past weeks I've been trying to do some research about how to create a Halloween Board Game on Canva. After a few attempts, had a chance to get an idea how to make it work. I'm feeling blessed and grateful to always keep learning. You and the student(s) will start at the A in the left hand corner and move around the the board, while picking flash cards from a Trick or Treat Bucket. You can either use piano notes, Grand Staff or both. After the flash cards are gone, who eve
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