A total of twelve students from the studio had the opportunity this month to play the instruments at the Seattle Historical Instrument museum. Many thanks to Professor George Bozarth and Tamara Friedmann for opening their home and graciously introducing the students to the world of keyboards that came before the piano!
Congratulations to Hannah, who won the Angie Greer Music in Poetry competition for 2017 and just recently had her poem published in the Junior Keynotes magazine!
Looking for something to do on a sunny day? Check out the Seattle Pianos in the Parks! A great way to get your practicing in while still being in the great outdoors!! Locations of the pianos can be found here: http://pianosintheparks.org/find-a-park-piano/
Forty-four students performed on our two studio recitals this spring at First Congregational Bellevue Church. From the Beatles to Bach, a great selection of music was performed and everyone did a great job. Congratulations!!
Been looking for a good way to practice note reading and rhythms away from the piano? Check out these five apps:
1. Music Theory for Beginners ($3.99): Great for beginners, stepwise theory with clear instructions and cute cartoon animals.
2. Tenuto ($3.99): No games or cartoons, but endless theory exercises. Great for adults and intermediate level students working on reading and ear training.
3. Scale Blitzer ($1.49): Randomly draws from a list of assigned scales in a variety of tempos, rhythms, articulations, dynamics and prompts students for self-evaluation.
4. Read Rhythm ($2.00): Counting and tapping practice with feedback!
5 & 6. Flashnote Derby ($2.99) & NoteWorks ($4.99): Note recognition apps that appeal to young students. They use a game interface with cartoon animations to teach note reading.
Source: Michelle Mileke, NCTM Studio Technology Chair
Six students participated and did a great job! Special congratulations to Simon and Christy who both won honorable mention medals!! Here are some pictures from the event.
Thanks to all for a great year of hard work. Here are a few pictures from our two studio recitals in June!
BF Day Choir had a great performance at MOHAI celebrating the Ladies Musical Club 125th Anniversary.
Many Congratulations to Marina for winning an honorable mention in Level 2 at the CWU Sonatina Festival this past Saturday!
We had a great workshop this August on the St. Mark's organ, thank you to all of my students who came to play and learn about this impressive instrument. We can look forward to trying out another great Seattle pipe organ next summer!
We had a great spring recital on Sunday; everyone played very well and we enjoyed getting to hear music from the Dziekonski cello studio as well. Thank you for all of your hard work and professionalism!
Congratulations to Matthew for winning 2nd place at the Helen Crowe Snelling Competition! Matthew performed Venetian Gondola Song Op. 30 No. 6 by Mendelssohn and Sonata op. 10 No. 2, III. Presto by Beethoven. Great work!
I just read an article about different ways parents can motivate students to practice between their piano lessons. Check it out here!
Here's an interesting piece on some ways in which piano lessons are beneficial!
Check out this great article on new strategies for practicing. Try not to fall into the same old routines!