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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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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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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.

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