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!
Victoria is also a handbell ringer at Friends Church.
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,
a satisfied student!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want your own copy.
Stay tuned for more piano fun including Jazz Festival at Miss Nancy Piano Studio! And keep practicing!
Bell ringer rehearsal at the National Cathedral
Summer has been a whirlwind of activity for Miss Nancy. In June I had the privilege of attending a rehearsal for bell ringers in the tower at the National Cathedral. Beth Sinclair, their coordinator, gave me the grand tour of the tower, including climbing the steep spiral stairs to watch members unmute the bells after rehearsal so that their ringing could be heard throughout the DC area. Members also explained the art of change ringing, an exciting mathematical group of exercises for bells used especially in England for centuries. I hope to introduce this technique of bell ringing to my handbell group at Friends Church, Friendswood.
Speaking of bell ringing, Victoria Katei, piano and organ student, has joined our bell group and is also interning as an organist for church service. Preparing for university next year, Victoria will be able to earn volunteer hours this way before high school graduation.
Summer piano lessons continue until the first day of school, August 24. Please contact me to arrange some relaxed vacation lessons, and prepare for the new school year! Also, send me some summer photos, especially involving musical activities, so I can post them on this blog!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Welcome to another school year of piano lessons! As always, our goal this year is to advance to new levels of piano mastery. How can we achieve this goal? You guessed it: by practicing! Visit your piano every day, even if you cannot practice for your planned practice time of 1/2 hour to one hour. You will maintain your present playing level until you can do some serious practicing, at least 5 times per week.
Here is more info on good practice habits: