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Preparing for Gold Cup Festival

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!



Jazz Festival 2014 Trophy Winners and Much More!


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!


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.


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.

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!


Nancy Hansen


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