This is not your average holiday piano recital! We are featuring jazz and modern arrangements of your favorite tunes, including a number by yours truly. Turn up your speakers and prepare to have your ears tickled by these merry musicians. Happy Holidays to you and yours! 🎁😎🎹
When it comes to motivating students to achieve their very best, I must say that performing in front of peers is near the top of the list! Traditionally, the obligatory end-of-the-year recital has been the tool of choice for many piano teachers. Now, with the video streaming feature available on the portal, students can reap the benefits of a recital experience at any point during the school year and without the pressure of a high stakes, one-off performance.
Student videos are already available to stream from the “studio news” portion of the portal. The latest video will appear directly on the portal homepage for your viewing pleasure. Videos will also include a feedback form where viewers can–and absolutely should!–share their compliments, encouragement, or feedback with the performer. Supporting your peers and learning how to give constructive feedback is an important skill for music and for life! As such, every student regardless of their age or ability is strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
The video streaming feature was down for the last several weeks while IT was fixing some issues but now that it’s up and running I hope you’ll check back regularly for new videos. Who knows? You might even see a familiar face or two!
Welcome to Week 3! We’ve been off to a great start and many students are already polishing up their repertoire in preparation for our first video recordings of the year. Performance videos are meant to give students a little taste of what it feels like to perform under pressure. Like a recital, students are expected to show off their very best playing, maintain decorum, and demonstrate good performance etiquette. Of course, just like any live recital, things don’t always go according to plan… Need I say more? Without further ado, here are all the weirdest, wackiest, and most wonderful moments caught on camera last year!!!
Nine year-old Patience has accomplished amazing things since she took her first piano lesson just over two years ago. She has consistently been one of the hardest working students in my studio and shows no signs of slowing down yet! Just listen to her incredible musicality and check out that gorgeous wrist technique at the end–WOW!! Many thanks to composer Mike Springer for giving us special permission to post this video. Mr. Springer’s Lyrical Landscapes Book 1 is quickly becoming a fan favorite in the studio, and if you listen to the video you’ll understand why!
When I met 12-year old Katie in July, she had never taken a piano lesson before and was about as shy as they come. After eight months of hard work, the now 13-year old has found her voice and WOW–what a voice it is!! Katie worked overtime to learn this song in only four weeks, and since the recording has also tackled “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley. Katie has taken to pop music like a fish in water, and is now even creating her own arrangements from chord charts. She may still be soft-spoken in lessons, but when it’s time to sing– she transforms! Check out her performance below.