Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Allegretto 2 Endings

A group class activity helps students recognize the differences in the endings in Allegretto 2 and is a good introduction to form.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Back to School, Graduations, and the Summer Contest!

August Updates!

  • Reminder - No Lessons August 20 through September 3. Summer break! Lessons resume after Labor Day. 
  • Sherwood Registration: Please register for 15 of the 16 fall term lessons. Lesson Time Details to follow.
  • I do have openings at FaithSlaker Music in Noble Square and at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston. I like to give preference to current families and friends, so let me know if you have anyone in mind that is looking for lessons!
  • No Lessons September 7 - 9. I am participating in a Suzuki training course those days.
A preview of Whitney's Senior Graduation Recital! Here she is playing some Hindemith this Summer!
As many of you know, I am working on becoming a Certified Suzuki Piano Teacher trainer for North, Central, and South America. This is an enormous undertaking, and I'm hoping to make a bulk of the progress on the application this term. I am getting really close to having the application portfolio together and really appreciate your help with this. I'd like to thank the following families for their patience as I worked through the lesson-video process of this project: Declan's Family, Kabir's Family, the Amy's Family, Orson's Family, and the students in my Book 1 Suzuki group class! I hope to submit the entire portfolio by the end of September!
Graham's Final Performance as a pre-college member of our piano community! In a small family gathering - August 2018.

SUMMER CONTEST!
Hello all PianoKids! You've worked hard all year and I'm so proud of all of you! I'd like to propose a contest for the remainder of the summer: send me a video by 8pm on Labor Day (Monday, September 3) of you playing your instrument in a creative, unusual, or impressive way. You may learn something entirely new, show us a new way of playing something old, incorporate technology or other instruments or even other skills that you have! Judges will determine the winner based on everyone's current level. The winner gets one free lesson to work on WHATEVER they want at the piano, plus their choice of where they fall in the order of the next recital. Have fun with it! I look forward to seeing everyone's submissions!

Summer Updates 2018! ET with a Live Orchestra!

Summer Updates!

  • Reminder - No Lessons August 20 through September 3. Summer break! Lessons resume after Labor Day.
  • Fall Registration and Scheduling: Please fill out a form (below) by August 1st to share what your fall plans are so I can put together the fall schedule.
  • SHERWOOD: I will be cutting back in my teaching hours at Sherwood starting September 1st. I will only be available two days a week. 
  • There will be a slight increase in tuition fees at FaithSlaker Music this year. See my website for further details.
  • I will be adding a day of teaching in Evanston through the Music Institute of Chicago starting September 7th.
Congratulations all performers at the June 2018 Recital!
With 88 keys and hundreds of internal strings, a standard piano produces a slew of unique sounds and tones. And mastering that complex system doesn’t only result in beautiful music — a new study says it can also help kids build up their language skills.
See article.
As many of you know, I am working on becoming a Certified Suzuki Piano Teacher trainer for North, Central, and South America. This is an enormous undertaking, and I'm hoping to make a bulk of the progress on the application this term. I am getting really close to having the application portfolio together and really appreciate your help with this. I'm still needing a couple of lesson videos and performance videos and if, for any reason, you do NOT want your child on video (this is used for educational purposes only), please let me know! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Spring Updates - Sonata Festival Winners - Cancun!

Spring Updates!

  • Spring Tuition is Due at FaithSlaker Music March 1: Invoices to follow.
  • An updated swap list has been posted for the spring term. Please always let me know if you are arranging a swap.
  • No Lessons April 27 - May 4. I'll be teaching in Mexico that week!
  • Please let me know ASAP what your travel plans may be for spring break, if you are going to miss lessons. I try to accommodate spring break whenever I can. Reminder - one makeup lessons is offered per term.
Congratulations to Diego Carrasco, Declan Flaherty, Martina Bianchi, and Whitney Thomas on silver medals in the recent Chicago Area Sonata Festival! Congratulations to Anna Shao on a gold medal in the same event! Good work!
Suzuki pianists - join me in Cancun May 1-5, 2019 for the first ever Suzuki Convention of the Americas! Pianists must audition to participate in masterclasses and the concerts. Speak to me, or click here for more details.
'Music is an invaluable resource when it comes to children's mental health – and yet it's under attack.' See article.
The Steinway Gallery has opened a new boutique shop on Oak Street. It will be open through the end of March and I'm thinking of scheduling a demo there for my Suzuki group classes on a Saturday that month. Please let me know if you would be interested in an event tailored for your child at the Steinway Gallery in lieu of regular group class one week!
As many of you know, I am working on becoming a Certified Suzuki Piano Teacher trainer for North, Central, and South America. This is an enormous undertaking, and I'm hoping to make a bulk of the progress on the application this term. I am no longer teaching on Fridays in order to devote the necessary time to this project. I will be working on capturing some of our best lesson-moments on video (including your attentive presence in lesson) and really appreciate your help with this. If, for any reason, you do NOT want your child on video (this is used for educational purposes only), please let me know! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
  • April 8: Deadline to Register for Roberta Savler, advanced level competition in Chicago.
  • April 29: Roberta Savler Competition.
  • April 27 - May 4: No lessons, I'll be teaching in Mexico!
  • May 20/21: IMA Contest 
  • May 24 - 28: Suzuki Association Conference, Minneapolis - no lessons.