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Teach Street is closing February 15th, 2012, shades of CD BABY’s rite of passage

This was a homey STREET that hosted so many teachers, some of whom were basket weaving tutors. Others wove stories and helped fledglings beautifully craft them. In the sports arena, personal trainers, football and basketball coaches, et al, pitched their personal expertise. It was a Mister Rogers type neighborhood that embraced diversity and individuality. Sad… Continue reading Teach Street is closing February 15th, 2012, shades of CD BABY’s rite of passage

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Piano Lesson: Rina, 4, learns “Frere Jacques” in steps (using my staircase) Video

To spice up and vary today's lesson, I had Rina transfer her stair climbing to hands-on piano exploration. She already knew her 7-letter music alphabet and had followed flashcards with note names placed consecutively on each step in three previous stair-related activities, so it was time to put "Frere Jacques" into motion, with a few… Continue reading Piano Lesson: Rina, 4, learns “Frere Jacques” in steps (using my staircase) Video

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Teaching a young beginning piano student how to play expressively (Video)

I'm a firm believer in teaching beautiful phrasing and musical expression from the very start of piano lessons. Taking individual notes, and producing a singing tone is a goal in itself which requires attentive listening, as well as sensitivity to the physical and mental aspects of playing. In this video, that unfortunately has some video/audio… Continue reading Teaching a young beginning piano student how to play expressively (Video)

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Rina, 4, has her 5th piano lesson: tapping C’s, D’s and E’s to music (Videos in 4 parts plus treat time with Aiden cat)

These are lesson excerpts Part One: Relaxation Rina enjoyed soaring around the room with the grace of an eagle to the music of Beethoven's "Fur Elise." She had been inquisitive about a music-making globe that was sitting on the piano that when cranked, played "Fur Elise." This discovery was a springboard to the movement activity.… Continue reading Rina, 4, has her 5th piano lesson: tapping C’s, D’s and E’s to music (Videos in 4 parts plus treat time with Aiden cat)

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The Complete Piano Work-out in 3 parts (Videos)

Most of my late intermediate and advanced students know the routine at lessons. The first twenty minutes are spent warming up in the Key they've been assigned the previous week. Once seated at the piano, they're ready for a challenging kinetic whirl around the keyboard as scales and arpeggios dance through the cosmos in various… Continue reading The Complete Piano Work-out in 3 parts (Videos)

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More Lesson-in-Progress excerpts, Chopin Waltz in A minor, No. 19, Op. Posthumous (Video)

Preserving teaching moments on video allows students an opportunity to review what transpired at their lesson as a springboard to improve practicing during the week. In this particular situation, I was able to e-mail the You Tube link to Claudia, 10, and Claire 8, both of whom are studying the Chopin A Minor Waltz No.… Continue reading More Lesson-in-Progress excerpts, Chopin Waltz in A minor, No. 19, Op. Posthumous (Video)

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Aiden Cat Dozes off to Debussy (Video)

Looks like Aiden was out like a light... except for 2 well-timed ear twitches ... otherwise, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Arabesque no. 1 Played on my Haddorff console piano (manuf. 1951) a real musical treasure with divine resonance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0QF8ahBJ88 Aiden's awake-time pics: RELATED: A Purrr-fect Musical Match Made in Heaven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyY3XSl5Wuc Aiden Cat Joins Ilyana, 8, at the… Continue reading Aiden Cat Dozes off to Debussy (Video)