Friday, August 23, 2013

Claude Debussy gets honoured with Google Doodle

Yesterday, Google honored  Claude Debussy with Google Doodle....To mark 151st anniversary of French composer's birth, an animation is set to Clair de lune, one of his best-known pieces...

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stellar Review on Pianos

I would not hesitate to by a Japanese piano manufactured in Japan... I have seen them age beautifully through rigorous use. 

A digital piano like I have is a wonderful instrument as well, with many advantages.  However, if you can get a good acoustic, get it! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Repertoire Template

A nicely organized (updated!) repertoire or repertory (can't we just use English? ) is a super inspiration to any student.  He keeps a list of his pieces to refer to on a rainy day, a nostalgic day,  a day when folks are around and ask to hear music, or a day when it just feels nice to play something easy and relaxing.  Those are just some occasions when a repertoire is handy.  It's also useful for students to show new teachers and school/college applications.  Hey, it's even a nice to refer to when teaching.

So here's mine... and, yes, it needs some updating!  It's a nice template, and I'm sure there are others available online.  I only included pieces that I spent a significant time learning, not smaller pieces or ones I just sight read and never bothered polishing.

 I have not listed Sacred, Jazz or Popular music as of yet, but those are other legitimate categories!  I also like to keep a list of my memorized pieces, compositions, and pieces I learned by ear.  All wonderful projects for sometime in the far future, I'm sure. ;)


2009-- Classical Piano Repertoire

B a r o q u e


Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, HWV 67 symphony from "Solomon," transcription for piano solo, arranged by Fabrizio Ferrari.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, transcription for piano solo.
Two-Part Invention No. 1.
Prelude No. 1.
Prelude and Fugue in C minor

C. P. E. Bach:

Canon in D, transcription for piano solo.

C l a s s i c a l

Ludwig van Beethoven:

Piano Sonata, opus 13 no. 8 ‘Pathetique” Movements II & III.
Piano Sonata, opus 27 no. 2 “Moonlight” Movements I, II, III.
Fur Elise – WoO56.
Rondo a Cappricchio, Op. 129.
Six Variations (opera La Molinara).


Piano Sonata in A, K 331"Alla Turca." Movements I, II, III.
Piano Sonata in C, K. 545. Movements I, II, III.
Phantasie in D min. K. 397.
Phantasie in C m

R o m a n t i c

Frédéric Chopin:

Prelude in E minor, opus 28, no. 4
Waltz in Db, opus 64, no. 1 (Minute Waltz)
Polonaise Militaire, opus 40, no. 1
Nocturne in Eb, opus 9, no. 2

E. A. MacDowell:

To a Wild Rose, opus 51, no. 1

Felix Mendelssohn:

Consolation, opus 30, no. 3.
The Venetian Boatman, opus 19, no. 6.

Johann Strauss

Blue Danube Waltz, opus 314.

Franz Liszt:
Etude no. 4 in D minor
Liebestraum, Notturno No. 3.

Franz Lehár:

Waltz (The Merry Widow)



Claude Debussy:

Clair de Lune
Duet (edited by Joseph Prostakoff): from the Petite Suite – En Bateau and Cort`ege


M o d e r n

Aram Khachaturian:
        Saber Dance from the Gayne Ballet
Sergei Rachmaninoff:
        Prelude in C# minor, opus 3, no.2.
       Concerto #2, opus 18, (themes).

Erik Satie:

             Trois Gymnopedies

Jan Sibelius:


George Gershwin:

Rhapsody in Blue

Ernesto Lecuona:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Note Flashcards

You can order note flashcards as part of a larger set of music flashcards here.   I've never found a set of just notes, so when you order you get more cards than I teach with.

Or you can make your own and not have the extra.

 I searched "printable music note flashcards."  Below is what I found, click to see larger.  These documents have more notes than I use, so my students can just bring the sheets to lesson, and I'll tell them which to cut out.  

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If you want to make your own, trace the computer screen.  I've never done this, so proceed with care! :)

 It's 15 or 16 cards depending on if middle C is repeated in the treble (higher) and bass (lower) staves (plural for staff).  

Both clefs should be visible on each card.

I use card stock - regular paper doesn't flip!  Index card size is great.

Flashcards in lessons:  I assign students six years old and up to learn to identify the note from note flashcards for the middle two octaves of notes, from C to Middle C and up through the next C.  It is preferable to have Mid C with up and down stems, so 2 cards with same note, just stems are different. When they can flip through all 15 - 16  cards in 20 seconds, they advance to playing them.  Then the goal is 25 seconds.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Noted Story ;)

My dear, uproariously funny husband posted this to my facebook. :)