Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ernesto Lecuona's Gitanerias

Here's a video you will enjoy.
It is Ernesto Lecuona's Gitanerias
from the suite Andalucia.

the sheet music.

Please keep in mind that these music downloads
are link to other websites.
I only provide them for your convenience.

Enjoy Gitanerias!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mozart Minuet in G - Video and Music

Here's a lovely piece.
It's Mozart's Minuet in G.
Enjoy the video.
And if you'd like the sheet music,
you can find it here.


Mozart - Minuet in G

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet - Video and Music

Maybe you've seen this video before.
It's an elderly couple
who went to the Mayo Clinic for a check-up
and spotted the piano
and started making music
while waiting for the appointment.
They clearly enjoy themselves
and those around them
are enjoying the impromptu performance as well!

This senior couple knows the truth:
You're  never too old
to enjoy the piano!

Little Piano House
offers piano lessons to senior citizens
at a discounted rate.
And those 55 and older
qualify for the discount!

The song is
"Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet"
by Percy Wenrich. 
You'll find the sheet music here.


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bach Invention #14

My favorite 2-part invention
by J.S. Bach, #14.
This young lady
does a great job!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C# Minor

A wonderful video
featuring the music
(and sheet music!) of
Sergei Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor,
sometimes referred to as The Bells of Moscow.

Once a upon a time,
yours truly played this magnificent piece.
Truly an amazing composition.
Perhaps it's time that I search my piles of sheet music
and relearn this fabulous selection.

Thanks, Sergei,
You are one great composer!

Enjoy Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Are mom and dad ready for piano lessons?

Are you ready?
Do you have what it takes
to send your child
to piano lessons?

I pose this questions
because sometimes the piano lesson
is harder for the parents
than it is for the child.

Here a few things you should be prepared for.

Be prepared for the "noise."
Move your cell phone calls to another room.
Shut the tv off or go watch in the bedroom or basement.
Make sure everyone in the house
knows that this is the way it is going to be.
Let your child's music take a priority.
If need be,
set a certain time of day
for music making, practice
and experimenting at piano/keyboard.
But be prepared to hear
the same piece of music
over and over and over again.

Be prepared to sit with your child
for a few moments every day.
At least 10-15 of their rehearsal time every day
should include you at their side.
Be prepared to do this
until they have discipline enough
to practice without you at their side.

Be prepared for the whining.
"But it's too hard, mom."
Yes, yes it is.
Some students have a harder time than others.
And for some students,
well, they just need to stick with it.
There will eventually come a time
when it all just clicks.
I feel so frustrated sometimes
when I see parents pull their child out of lessons
when I can see the turning point just ahead.
Please be strong.
Be prepared for the "I don't wanna go,"
for the "can I quit lessons?"
Be prepared and be consistent.

Be prepared for the cost.
The lessons cost.
The books and materials cost.
And purchasing the keyboard/piano
will definitely cost something.

. . .for free/low cost pianos
please check out my other blog post. 

When you are ready
be sure to contact me
for low-cost piano lessons
in the beautiful City of Wyandotte, MI!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free or low cost pianos

Yes, there are options
to get a piano for free
or for a very low cost.

Go to the
Piano Adoption website.
You'd be surprised 
at the lovely pianos
you can get for free,
. . .well, almost for free
(you'll need to pay for moving it!!).
I just saw a piano listed on that site yesterday
for an instrument in the City of Wyandotte.
I don't know if it's a good instrument
or if it needs work.
You won't know more about the instrument
unless/until you ask.
But right here in Wyandotte
there is a piano
someone is giving away for FREE!!

Go to Craig's List.
Other instruments might be available
at a very low cost.

And visit yard sales.
I found a lovely electronic keyboard
last year for $20.
(I'll discuss digital vs acoustic pianos
in another blogpost,
But for now,
we just want to get you started
as low cost as possible!!!!)

Don't be afraid to barter.
If someone has an instrument
they want to get rid of,
they may very well sell it to you
for a price lower than what they say.

don't be afraid to ask
if you or your child
can practice on an instrument
that belongs to someone else.
For example,
ask your church
if they would permit you to practice
on the piano there.
Or maybe your child
can get practice time in
on a piano at their school.

These are just some ideas.
If there's a will, there's a way!
Welcome to the wonderful world
of piano study!

Monday, May 7, 2012

How old should a child be to begin piano lessons?

What is the right age 
to start piano lessons?

That's a loaded question.

I, myself,
started the study of piano
when I was 4-years-old.

But what age is best?
I think the earlier the better.
Music study needs to be a part of daily life.
"Practice your piano," needs to be heard
as often as
"do your homework,"
"clean your room,"
"feed the dog," etc. etc.

If your child:
- knows the alphabet from A to G
- can count up to 10
- knows which hand is right and which hand is left
- can sit still for 10 minutes at a time

. . .then, my friend, your child is more than ready
to formally begin the study of piano!

Do contact me!