Happy Birthday, IRMA!

Today I posted a musical tribute to a dear friend who provides her acoustically divine living room for my weekly teaching journeys in El Cerrito, California.

The space soars with resonance and complements a vintage Baldwin 1929 grand that lavishes its home in the Hills.

piano room where I teach El Cerrito

living room 2

Irma happens to be a student of mine for 4 plus years, and the collaboration has been a perfect delight.

Here she’s playing into silly putty to replicate the “feel” of producing a singing tone. (This was before she transitioned to the Baldwin grand)


Because Irma’s a tireless advocate for those in need, seeking justice through passionate acts of courage, I thought the Chopin “Revolutionary” Etude would be a fitting musical offering for today’s celebration.


Again, Happy Birthday to a special person who is generous, kind, compassionate, courageous, and much more!

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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2 Responses to Happy Birthday, IRMA!

  1. Irma says:

    What a treat to have my wonderful and talented piano teacher acknowlege my birthday with her beautiful playing. Thanks so much Shirley.


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