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All Smiles

Hi, Everybody!

Miss Nancy recently returned from the National Federation of Music Clubs Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was a pleasure to meet Susan Hong and attend her workshop with Dr. Ouida Keck on Teaching Music To Students with Special Needs. What fun to meet so many piano teachers and music lovers! Dress for the conference included musical motif hats, vests, skirts, bow ties, and shirts.

In March, Miss Nancy Piano Students participated in the Solo, Hymn, and Theory categories at Gold Cup Festival at San Jacinto College, Pasadena.  They met the challenge as you can see in the awards photo taken at the April Recital!

Gold Cup Festival is sponsored annually by the National Federation of Music Clubs, coordinated with our local chapter of Gulf Coast Music Association. Students are given the opportunity to perform privately for a judge and receive a helpful critique on their performance. After earning 15 points, the student receives a Gold Cup trophy. See Christopher in the photo? He has had a successful performance and is very happy!


How fitting it was to start the April Recital this year with Quinn singing the Star Spangled Banner and sister Bristol as accompanist! Go girls! Best wishes and a fond farewell to our organ-piano student Victoria who will attend South Methodist University college in August. Victoria has been an intern organist and bell ringer at Friends Church, Friendswood, Texas. Miss Nancy presented Victoria with a trophy and an SMU tee shirt at the recital. You will be missed Victoria!


Miss Nancy students also performed in their school for talent days. Friends Pallavi and Fiona played an energetic Eine Kleine Nachtmusik duet for their school. How special to have a friend who can practice and play duets with you!

Kudos to Jacob who is now accompanying his church choir and playing heavenly interludes for Mary Queen Church, Friendswood, TX!

Something new in Miss Nancy summer lessons this year is distance learning, an innovative way to take a lesson, especially if you need a make-up lesson during the week. Congratulations to Pallavi for being the first student to take a lesson via FaceTime with Miss Nancy!

Enjoy your summer vacation, everyone, and stay tuned for Fall piano information and schedule!


Spring Recital 2016 with Gold Cup Award Winners, Piano Solos, and Piano, Organ, and Vocal Ensembles! Kudos to all participants! 

Der Winter der ist da! Winter is Here!

Miss Nancy Piano Studio welcomes you all back after an exciting 2015! We celebrated the holiday season by bringing our beautiful music to the residents of Brookdale Retirement Home, Friendswood, Texas, on December 12. The program included solos and duets performed by Miss Nancy students and by guest performers flutist Donna Jerz and her advanced student who performed the Ernest Bloch Suite Modale. Trophies for the Jazz/Pop Festival were presented to two students as well as gift bags for all, including a German musical garland Miss Nancy brought back from Germany.

Coming up on our piano agenda is Gold Cup Festival, Saturday, March 5, Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Music Association. Students are preparing for four categories this year: Solo, Hymn, American Patriotic and Folk Song, and Theory. New pieces by a very talented new arranger composer, Jennifer Eklund, are included in our repertoire.

Long distance teaching continues at Miss Nancy Studio as she leads Little Blessings Day Care of Pottstown, PA, in French, German, Italian, and Spanish tunes. The newest hit is A,a,a, der Winter, der ist da. Ah, yes, winter is certainly here! Keep warm and practicing, y’all!


Holiday Cheer Coming Up!

I am back, Students and Parents!

What a journey it has been to Scandinavia and Northern Europe. My favorite activity was reuniting with friends and former students.  Pictured below in Germany, is former student Phillip, ready to start a new piece of sheet music. Sister Emma and mother Renate, not pictured, were also there to greet us. Switzerland had its musical moments when I found this G clef sign outside a small music conservatory. A little rest in Varenna, Italy, for 3 days was most welcome in our demanding itinerary. There we were enveloped in aromas of sweet alyssum united with wafts of bubbling pasta sauce as we walked the promenades in Varenna, Italy. Finally, we stopped to see friends in Belgium and again in Germany, where I reunited with former students Marten and Merle. How fun!


Now that lessons have resumed, students Andrew Harrington, Victoria Katei, and Christopher Lancaster are preparing to play in the Jazz /Pop Festival this Saturday 2:30 pm, at Heritage Park Baptist Church, 2732 FM 528, Webster, TX, 77598. All are welcome to hear real jazzy music during several recitals that day.

Remember our Holiday Recital coming up on December 12, 2:30 pm, at Brookdale Senior Living, 1310 Friendswoood Drive South, Friendswood, TX 77546! Playlist will include Christmas carols, classical pieces, and contemporary tunes, both solos and duets. Please bring 1 dozen cookies or small muffins to share for our party afterwards.

Need a musical gift? Miss Nancy Piano Lessons, Stories of a Traveling Piano Teacher will be available at the recital. I look forward to seeing you all at these festive activities that are sure set the mood for our upcoming holidays!

In The Swing

Miss Nancy Piano Studio is bustling with energy as the cool fall weather moves into our Texas area!

Organ intern, Victoria K. played well for Friendswood Friends Church on September 13. Her playlist included a prelude, Ode to Joy, and three hymns accompanied by Miss Nancy on the piano. Here she is at the instrument!

2015-09-13 09.15.29Victoria is also a handbell ringer at Friends Church.

Another student, Quinn H, made the news! She had her first piano lesson this week and was astonished at how well she could play a duet, C Song, with Miss Nancy after only 1 lesson. Go Quinn! Here she is,

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Have you bought your ticket to Autumn Artist Concert? Pianist Roger Wright will perform at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 7, 2015. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults. See me for tickets. This is an excellent opportunity to hear a world class performance in your area!

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Save the date, December 12, 2:30 PM, for our Christmas Recital at Brookdale, Friendswood, Texas. The residents are eagerly looking forward to our return!

Do you want to read funny stories about other piano students in my book, Miss Nancy’s Piano Lessons? Please contact Miss Nancy at nhansen2@comcast.net if you want your own copy.

Stay tuned for more piano fun including Jazz Festival at Miss Nancy Piano Studio! And keep practicing!

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kid-thinking1.jpg  Hi, Parents and Students!

Welcome back to piano fun at Miss Nancy Studio! In order to have fun, we have to consider our practice habits. That is what this student is thinking about. Is he going to be a star performer at recital and festival time? Or is he going to be a so-so pianist with no pizazz?

Some suggestions from my experience for effective practice:

  1. Practice every day. Keep your hands acquainted with your pieces. Thirty minutes practice or more is preferable for allotted time, but 15 minutes 2x day or even once a day is better than nothing at all!!!!!!
  2. When you begin practice, go right to the sticky parts you need work on. Then play the entire piece if time permits that day.
  3. Remember your upcoming performance dates, and make them your practice objectives. When is your next recital, and what will you perform? Work on the required pieces.
  4. Do you like an audience? Ask your family members to come listen to you play a piece you have mastered.

Here is an article about the importance of your practice. Please read it with a parent! And discuss!

3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument – National Assoc

Summer Activity at Miss Nancy Piano Studio


Bell ringer rehearsal at the National Cathedral

Summer has been a whirlwind of activity for Miss Nancy. In June I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal for bell ringers in the tower at the National Cathedral. Beth Sinclair, their coordinator, gave me the grand tour of the tower, including climbing the steep spiral stairs to watch members unmute the bells after rehearsal so that their ringing could be heard throughout the DC area. Members also explained the art of change ringing, an exciting mathematical group of exercises for bells used especially in England for centuries. I hope to introduce this technique of bell ringing to my handbell group at Friends Church, Friendswood.

Speaking of bell ringing, Victoria Katei, piano and organ student, has joined our bell group and is also interning as an organist for church service. Preparing for university next year, Victoria will be able to earn volunteer hours this way before high school graduation.

Summer piano lessons continue until the first day of school, August 24. Please contact me to arrange some relaxed vacation lessons, and prepare for the new school year! Also, send me some summer photos, especially involving musical activities, so I can post them on this blog!

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