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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!

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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!

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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!

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Holiday Recital at Brookdale, Assisted Living, Friendswood, Texas ❄️⛄️❄️


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🎄🎶Oh what fun it was playing holiday music, including Christmas carols and the Dreidel Song, for the residents at Brookdale on December 7. Guest flutist, Donna Jerz, and I started the program with 2 movements from Suite Modale. Then, sleigh bells ringing, flute and piano led the group in singing Jingle Bells. Piano students continued the program by playing their favorite carols and songs from their repertoires. Kudos to our two Jazz Festival winners, Kyndsey Jones and Ereka Jayasekara, who received trophies. All students received their recital award composer statuettes. A Brookdale resident was the lucky winner of the beautiful pointsettia door prize.

Festive refreshments were were served after the program as we socialized with parents and residents to wrap up holiday cheer for all. 🎶

The New Year is just around the corner. Now is a good time to practice up and get ready for Gold Cup Festival on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas.

May I recommend a very effective and challenging app to improve your sight reading skills? Flash Note Derby, of course!

A very Musical Happy New Year to all!

Jazz Festival 2014 Trophy Winners and Much More!


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Hi, Parents and Piano Students!

It has been a good month for two piano students, Kyndsey and Ereka, who won trophies at the Jazz Festival 2014, at Heritage Baptist Church, Webster, TX. Kyndsey played Jennifer Ekland’s Someday, and Ereka played Linus and Lucy, by Vince Guaraldi. Kudos girls!

More news! My book, Miss Nancy ‘s Piano Lessons, Stories of a Traveling Piano Teacher, is now available on Amazon.com just in time for the holidays. A new shipment of copies is ready for orders.

And now it’s your turn to perform! On Sunday, December 7, 2:30 pm, at Brookdale Senior Living Community, 1310 Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX, 77546, we will have our Holiday Recital, featuring piano students playing solos, ensembles, combined with performances by other instrumentalists. There will be a special performance by Clear Lake Symphony flutist Donna Jerz performing Suite Mondale, an Ernest Bloch flute-piano duet, with me. Please bring a dozen Christmas cookies to share with the students and audience. Beverages will be provided.

Remember to send me your comments on this blog. Your input is always appreciated! See you December 7th!

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Kyndsey wins a trophy.

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Ereka earns a trophy.

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Welcome Back to Piano Lesson Adventures


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High school student, Laney Price, is in the spotlight this month.  Laney, a new piano student, studied piano during the summer at Miss Nancy Piano Studio to prepare for her arrival as a freshman at Sam Houston State University.  Laney will study to be a music therapist. Best wishes, Laney!

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Autumn Artist is coming October 17! Stephen Beus, award winning concert pianist will perform on October 17, 7:30 pm, at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd., Houston, Texas 77062.Tickets are $8.00 for students and $12.00 for adults. See me about tickets. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a world class concert right in your neighborhood!

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New music apps are the latest rage in improving your note reading and rhythm skills. I will be sending you individual exercises from Piano Maestro in your email. Please read the tutorial before you begin. NoteWorks and other piano apps will be incorporated into lessons, time permitting.

Want to contribute your ideas to this blog? Email me!

 

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In The Good Ole Summertime


Hi, Everybody!

I am back to blogging after moving into a new place and studio!

Our May recital was our grand finale to the piano year, and almost everybody was able to be there on  a Thursday night. This gave most students an opportunity to play their well rehearsed repertoire in front of a very friendly audience.

After the wedding of my daughter and reunion with friends and family, I have returned from Maryland and Pennsylvania ready to begin lessons in July. There are plans for a summer recital, to be announced at a later time . Want to brush up on theory, rhythm, note reading, and Festival Preparation?  Summer is a perfect season to both maintain your repertoire and learn new pieces for upcoming festivals, like the Jazz Festival scheduled for November.

New educational free interactive piano apps are available now to make learning fun. Rhythm Cat is a popular app for your counting/rhythm skills. Piano Maestro and Music Tutor are good for sight-reading and rhythm. The Flashnote Derby app is available for androids for $2.99.

I look forward to seeing you soon for more piano fun!

Musically,

Nancy Hansen

 

Get Ready For Gold Cup Festival!


Video of Piano Student playing at Gold Cup FestivalHi, Students and Parents!

Here are a few steps for getting ready for Gold Cup Festival, March 2, 2013.

1. Decide on a practice time for each day. Why not get up early and practice before school? This frees you up for the rest of the day. Remember to practice on weekends, when you have free time.
2. Adjust your seat so you are sitting straight and comfortably, fingers curved at all times! Arms level with the keyboard.
3. Decide on the order of your performance. Do you want to start with the required or choice piece? Then practice in the same order every day.
4.Find your position and count a few measures to set your tempo or speed.
5. Play your piece with the score. Afterwards, play it by memory. Are your notes, your dynamics (loud, soft, crescendo, ritardando) all correct? Is your counting steady without hesitation?
6. If you are having trouble with a passage, check your fingering. It must be the same every time you play your piece.
7. Is your pedaling clear?
8. Is your phrasing clear?
9. Now invite your family and friends to come listen to your performance. Did they like your expression? Your clear chords? Your phrasing? Your special staccato touch? Your graceful ending?
10. Most of all, listen the beautiful music you are playing and enjoy!

Why Gold Cup?


Recently, the parents of three student recipients of Gold Cups, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Music Association, asked me about the benefits are of continuing to enter the Gold Cup Festivals. The answer is quite clear for those of us teachers who organize our yearly curriculum around the Federation Festivals Bulletin: Both teachers and students have a well defined goal and target date for which to prepare their pieces prescribed by the Federation.

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The Federation Bulletin has compiled a thorough program to follow for teachers. It lists each Piano Event, i.e. Piano Solo Event, Piano Ensemble Event, and specific levels, i.e. Primary Class Piano.  What are the parameters of the terms such as  Intermediate and Advanced? In the Bulletin they are listed as Medium and Difficult with sub levels of Moderately Difficult I, Moderately Difficult II, etc. This information is very helpful for teachers who don’t have the time or resources to sift through music at the music stores or online companies to determine the levels of difficulty. In addition, new repertoire ideas are provided throughout the Bulletin, whether they are piano solos, hymns, duets, or patriotic and folk songs

Students benefit from this well prepared Bulletin as well as teachers. There is no guess work whether they are advancing at the proper level. Within the sub levels there are even more levels. For instance, there are some Primary Class Piano pieces more difficult than others. The idea is to stylize the selection to fit the needs of the student. Students will then learn the piece with confidence because the level is adjusted to fit their specific abilities.

The Gold Cup Festival is important in another way. It nudges the student to be ready “judgement day,” when an accredited educator will evaluate their performance.  This is a real motivator,  not just for the student, but for the teacher and parents as well!

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