Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spotlite Radio Interview- Helpful Tips When Looking for a Piano Teacher

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by SpotLite Radio. The subject I chose to talk about was helpful tips when looking for a piano teacher. Unfortunately we only had 8 minutes so I didn't get to go through everything when we talked so I thought I would include a handout with some other helpful hints in this post as well a link to the interview. Feel free to pass this link along to anyone you might find it helpful.

Download handout here.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Music at the Mall

This year Music at the Mall was held in front of Macy's at Arrowhead. It was a great location and the air was filled with beautiful Christmas music!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Piano Olympics Over the Holidays- Christmas Camp Week 2

Just like the week before, as students arrived at camp they worked in the activities that were inside their Olympic workbook. Then before I would forget we did group pictures!

After pictures, students who weren't able to perform their Christmas pieces the week before performed while the others listened and wrote down what piece they thought was being played.

Next, it was time to create a creative compositions using composition tools: Motive, Repetition, Sequence and Retrograde. These are tools that would give them ideas when creating an original composition. Everyone did a great job and I look forward to hearing everyone's completed compositions in January when they return.

After our hard work with creating original compositions we took a snack break…

Then it was time for more Christmas Music Games! We played Christmas Carol Charades, I Have Who Has Christmas version reviewing music symbols and Christmas Rhythm Match Up.

With a couple minutes to spare we ended camp with watching the very creative Jon Schmidt from the Piano Guys playing his version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer… A must see!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Don't forget to keep working on those candy cane sheets every time you play or do something music related (composition, piano olympic events, etc…). See you in 2014!!!