Friday, June 27, 2014

Gift ideas...

I am often asked questions about what is the best piano on the market.  I am often asked what pianos are solid and what I would own if I won a million dollars.  Well, wonder no more...

In case you were wondering what I would like for my upcoming birthday...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Master Casey

Please join me in congratulating Master Casey!  Casey completed his Level 1 Piano Adventures Series this evening!  He also started working from his "Blue" Level 2 Books recently.  Casey is a member of the National Piano Guild, and he has performed in our winter recital and a nursing home recital.  Casey also plays flag football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.  His favorite teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Vikings and the New York Yankees.  Way to go Casey!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why Piano Lessons?

In my eight years of teaching, I have read many articles about the terrific reasons people take piano lessons,  I always ask my students why they are taking lessons.  Of course, I have had as many different answers as I have had students.  Below is a  link to a terrific blog post about "What Piano Lessons Are For".  Please take the time to read and let me know which ones best match your beliefs about what the benefits of lessons are.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Miss Lily

Congratulations to Miss Lily for her recent performance of "This Land Is Your Land" at her school meeting.  Lily started this piece on her own during a wintery snow day and informed me her goal was to play it at a school meeting.  Not only did she achieve her goal, but she also performed it in her National Piano Guild Audition from memory.  Way to go Lily!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Master Clark

Master Clark will be joining our piano family this week.  Please join me in warmly welcoming him!  I am looking forward to getting started at the piano.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Miss McKenna

Please join me in a round of applause for Miss McKenna.  McKenna recently completed her Level 3A Piano Adventures Series.  She is currently working on fun music, including songs from the movie, "Frozen".  McKenna is a member of the National Piano Guild.  When McKenna is not playing the piano, she enjoys being on the soccer field.  She also enjoys reading, as well as spending time with her brother, two sisters, two dogs and pet rabbit named, Mocha.  Congratulations McKenna!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Miss Helen

Please join me in congratulating Miss Helen!  Helen completed her Primer Level Piano Adventures Series last evening!  Helen has already started working out of her Level 1 aka "Red Books".  Helen is looking forward to conducting her first personal recital this summer.  She recently had a fantastic National Piano Guild Audition.  Helen plans to learn to play the violin this fall through her school orchestra program.  She also enjoys playing soccer, lacrosse, hockey, tennis and is on a swim team.  Helen is currently taking a break from Irish Step dancing.  She enjoys spending time with her three older brothers when she is not playing the piano or sports.  Hooray Helen, I am so very proud of you!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What is Note-worthy Experiences up to?

Do you find yourself wondering what we are up to?  Do you want to see more photos?  Do you want to hear about our students' successes?

Feel free to check out our Facebook Page.  Even if you are not on Facebook, you can still access some of the information that is posted there.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pizza Party & Class

Above our photos from our 2014 Pizza Party / Class.  All of our students had a fabulous time!  We ate, we learned, we played games and played our two favorite songs for each other!  It was a ton of fun to see the kids get to know one another and listen to them share their piano successes!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Practice tips

This is the time of year when people are outside and soaking up the sunshine!  People are traveling and filling up their gas tanks for summer road trips!  I am too!  However,this can make practicing the piano a little more challenging.  Below is a link on how to "fill your child's piano practice tank".

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Practice reminders

All of us need reminders now and again for all sorts of things!  For example, I make a grocery list to remind myself of the things I need to pick up when I am at the store.  Well, our students need reminders too!  We live in a busy world and have many things to manage all at once.  Here is a great list of reminders for practicing the piano.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

My inspiration

I was handed this newspaper clipping from a student of mine who is 85 years old.   Neither of us ever met the lovely woman that this article was written about.  However, we were both truly inspired.  I hope you are inspired too...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Master Trevor

This morning, I had the honor of teaching a lesson via FaceTime to Master Trevor.  Trevor had been a student with me in PA for several years.  Trevor is a very busy young man and opted to take some time off from lessons.  Trevor's sister continued with lessons so I still got the opportunity to say hello to him every once in awhile.  I keep up with his family through social media too.  But today, a much taller and excited Trevor sat at the piano.  He played his very best and told me he practiced and wanted to impress me.   Of course he did and it was great.  What I did not know was today was the exact date, one year later from when he had his last lesson.  Welcome back Trevor and Happy Anniversary?!?!

How to beat the summer heat...

Frozen (Big Note)

This is how several piano students plan to beat the summer heat this year! 
We will be playing and singing "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" and MANY other fun songs from "Frozen".

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

National Piano Guild

Please join me in a HUGE round of applause for our 16 students who performed in the National Piano Guild Auditions last week! 

All of our students passed with flying colors! 

Our Judge had fantastic comments and suggestions for our students!

Congratulations to our winners:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Miss Caroline

Please join me in a huge round of applause for Miss Caroline!  Caroline completed her Primer Level Piano Adventures Series today.  She has already started working out of her Level 1 "Red" Books.  Caroline is very motivated to learn to play "Pop Goes the Weasel".
When Miss Caroline is not playing the piano, she enjoys lacrosse, ice hockey, singing, drawing and playing with her two cats.
Caroline is looking forward to having her own personal recital soon.  
Congratulations Caroline! 

Miss Sarah

Congratulations to Miss Sarah!  Sarah and her school music teacher sang the duet, "Rainbow Connection" at the school community day in front of their entire school last week!  I was fortunate enough to watch a video of this and it was terrific!  It brought me to tears.  Way to go Sarah!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Miss Annabel

Congratulations to Miss Annabel!  Her collection was selected to be on display at our local library for the entire month of June!  Stop by if you get a chance.