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Spring Recital 2015 was at Friendswood Church, Friendswood, Texas, May 21. Students played beautifully prepared solos and duets and received their Gold Cup certificates. Congratulations to Kyndsey who earned her Hymn Category trophy. Good work, everybody!

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“Bonjour, Mes Amis, Bonjour!” This year was Miss Nancy’s first long distance teaching experience with Little Blessings of Pottstown Daycare. These toddlers learned to speak French, Spanish, and German as they sang along with Miss Nancy at her studio piano in Texas. Here they are accompanying Miss Nancy on their handmade horns. Bravo, mes amis!

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Baroque con Brio rides again, with flutist Donna Jerz, violinist Beverly Minz, and pianist Nancy Hansen! On the agenda this year were performances at Friendswood Friends Church and Brookdale Nursing Homes in both Houston and Friendswood. Residents sang “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and many more favorites from the old days.

Have you gotten your Dust Buster 2 and /or Piano Maestro apps? Many students are now practicing their sight-reading and rhythm on these lively apps, which can be used anywhere on iPhones and iPads. Please note that Dust Buster 2 can be used on both iPhone and iPad, but Piano Maestro can be only be accessed on iPad. Check your email, parents, for Connection Invitation to Piano Maestro from Miss Nancy who assigns stylized lessons in the Home Challenge. This is an entertaining way to continue and retain piano knowledge from prior lessons over the summer.

Remember to attend the Houston Young Artist’s Concert Jun 30, 2015, 11 a.m., at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

For a copy of my book, Miss Nancy’s Piano Lessons, Stories of a Traveling Piano Teacher, please contact me on this website.

Have a wonderful summer, everyone!


IMG_0584Kudos to Lauren  for earning a place as a percussionist in her middle school band!

Lauren’s mother says: Many thanks to Nancy Hansen for giving Lauren the foundation to succeed today- reading music and playing a piano piece was a requirement, and she was perfectly prepared!’

Spring Recital 2015


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Hi, Students and Parents!

I am looking forward to our Spring Recital 2015 on

May 21, 6:30 pm, at the Friendswood Friends Church, 502 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546

This year the attire will be semi formal to formal to make it a very special occasion. The recital is open to family and friends, and this year Friends Church members will be invited to add to our friendly audience. On the program will be piano solos, duets, violin solo, and flute performance by the students of Mrs. Donna Jerz. Awards will be presented, and refreshments will follow to top off our very special evening.

The Miller Outdoor Theatre will host the Houston Young Artist Concert (HYAC) at 100 Concert Drive, Houston, Texas, 77030, on June 30 and July 3, 11:00 am. For more information see milleroutdoortheater.com and hyac.org. Take advantage of these free programs to enrich your music education! I will be taking our grandson visiting from Pennsylvania, so I hope to see you there!

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IMG_0539Hi, Everyone!

Miss Nancy began long distance teaching in February introducing preschoolers to the joy of music via FaceTime. At the daycare center, Little Blessings, I was able to teach old folk tunes, like London Bridge is Falling Down and newer ones, like The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round. French tunes and language are also an important part of Music Monday. The children, ranging from ages or 2 years to 4 years, enjoyed singing the French puppet song, Ainsi Font, Font, Font, and are learning to count in French. Merci, mes amis!

Gold Cup Festival is this Saturday. I hope you are all polishing up your beautiful pieces for the friendly judge!

Remember to

1. Play your required and choice pieces at home before you leave for the festival!

2. Bring your music with you.

3. Adjust your piano bench so you are comfortable.

4. Try out a few notes on the piano in the judging room.

5. Get into your starting position before beginning your performance.

6. Take your time, and hold those nice fermata notes at the end of your piece!

7. Wear comfortable, performance quality clothing.

8. Have fun!

See you there!

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Hi, Everybody!

What a wonderful time I had teaching songs to my young friends fromIMG_0539 Little Blessings Pre School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania! Our song list for Music Monday included If You’re Happy and You Know It, Ainsi Font, Font, Font, a little French song, The Alphabet Song, and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Seen in the photos are the children singing and playing London Bridge is Falling Down. One concept we still have to learn is making the bridge arms come down to catch the “prisoner.” Oh well, another day!

Thanks to all my singers for a musical start to the week!


SCN_0001Happy February, Students and Parents!

It may be chilly outside, but I know you are all breaking into a sweat practicing for Gold Cup Festival, March 7! Right?

By this time, all students are working on their required and choice pieces.  For some of you, this is your first Gold Cup Festival. As described in my book, Miss Nancy’s Piano Lessons, Gold Cup Festival not only provides an opportunity for students to play well learned pieces for a friendly judge but also rewards them with certificates and trophies. Please contact me if you need a copy of my book for further description.

The Gulf Coast Music Teachers have a website for more information on Gold Cup and other Festivals:      gulfcoastmusicteachers.org

On this site, you can scroll down to Parent Letter and Directions to the event at San Jacinto Community College.

More news! This year I have added the Piano Pronto books to student repertoire. This is a new line of teaching books that has been acclaimed internationally. Jennifer Eklund, composer and publisher is in contact 24/7 with the public on her website, pianopronto.com where you can see how easy it is to review her music and hear audio samples.

I hope you all are having a bowl of warm soup and enjoying winter fun!

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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!

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