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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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Miss Nancy Begins Long Distance Teaching to Pre Schoolers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania


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!

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.

A Very Musical Autumn


IMG_0358Hi, Students and Parents!

Our piano year has begun with great activity on the musical front. First, Victoria Katei, piano and organ student, pictured in center top, performed hymns and the offertory for church service at Friendswoods Friends Church in September. This was not Victoria’s first time as guest organist, however. In the past, she has accompanied congregational singing at Village-on-the-Park, Friendswood. Kudos, Victoria!

On October 15, I attended the teacher workshop given by Stephen Beus, award winning international pianist. Mr. Beus explained the usage of ornamentation in a few of Bach’s works, such as the Gigue BWV 997, as an opener for the three hour session. He then elaborated on Franz Liszt, his life and works. How fascinating to learn that certain keys for Lizst and many other composers are associated with religion, love, water, Heaven, and the Divine! For instance, Liebestraum in A-Flat Major is associated with Love and Water. On October 17, Mr. Beus played a brilliant concert for Gulf Coast Music Teachers Association, students and guests at the Clear Lake Presbyterian Church.

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Stephen Beus

Holidays are on the way! Students are now preparing for the Holiday Recital to be held at Brookdale Senior Living Facility, 1310 Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas, 77546, on Sunday, December 7, 2:30 pm. Please mark the date on your calendars.

Got performance jitters? The latest dietary solution is to eat a banana before you perform.

Have any other ideas? Please comment on this blog to let other interested piano students know your news of school, performance opportunities, and the pieces you enjoy playing most.

Last Minute Jitters?


jumping jacksHow many of us get jittery before our performance?  Almost all of us!  But there is a way to ease our stage fright.

This year, I attended a workshop given by Vicki Conway, who teaches “DevelopMental” Fitness.  As we await our turn to perform, she says, adrenalin is rushing through our bodies, causing us to experience the fight or flight syndrome. The way to calm down is to do Integration WarmUp back stage. By doing   8 – 12 sets of jumping  jacks among other exercises, with hands and feet always starting and stopping together, we can help redistribute the adrenalin and calm our bodies. Try to drink a glass of water before and after the work-out. Now we are ready for our performance!

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