Tuesday, July 28, 2009
As you watch this performance you might think it difficult, but if you listen carefully the bass line, is simple, the rhythm is simple (even when adding the drum, which you have done in class), the chords are simple (students in Book 3-6 should not have a problem). Even the singing is extremely simple!
What makes this a good performance after breaking it down into simple, simple, simple?
The pianist's skills and technique are NOT simple.
Even if he is playing simple chords, bass lines and melodies, he is accurate, clear and precise. Not an easy task while your foot is thumping, your body is dancing and you are singing. Plus his passion is contagious. It takes hours of practice - not many can do all these simple things at the same time and do it in ensemble with a partner.
Have YOU been practicing your simple 5 finger warm-ups, and simple tonic, subdominant and dominant chords during the summer? With the skills you are learning and daily practice your simple can turn into a great performance!
Lessons begin Monday August 17...make sure you have practiced something simple but accurate and beautiful to share in class!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Music and Nature (ages 4 - 7, Pre-piano class)
Students of Books 2 & 3
Students of Book 1
Two weeks of Keyboard Orchestra, Pieces with a Purpose, Music Appreciation, Music and Nature and The History of the Orchestra have come to an end. But the keyboard skills, ensemble, note reading and friendships will continue.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Parents, do you have a pictures of you playing as a child? Share them with your children today!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Five of them have already signed up to continue with book 2!
Johannes Brahms was born in the German city of Hamburg. His father was a musician who played several instruments, but never managed to earn much money. So when Johannes was young, he played the piano at inns and dance halls to help support his family.When Brahms was older, he toured as an accompanist, playing piano for a Hungarian violinist. That music -- and the gypsy bands Brahms heard later on when he traveled to Hungary -- inspired his Hungarian Dances, which were a hit with the public. He wrote 21 dances in all. The most famous one is the Hungarian Dance No. 5.Many people considered Brahms to be the successor to Beethoven. For a long time, he didn't want to write a symphony, because he was afraid his work would not be as good as Beethoven's. Brahms ended up writing four symphonies, plus pieces in every musical form except opera. You may know one of his most famous pieces, the Lullaby.
In fact, Brahms became so famous, he is now known as one of the 3 B's -- Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms -- of classical music. (Classicsforkids.com)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I have not read the paper yet, but as soon as I came home I looked on the website and they have a VIDEO with snippets of our children singing away! And they sound good too!
Take a look! http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/videos/local_story_112190510.html