Saturday, May 21, 2016

Summer Composition Camp

There's still room for more students in our July 18-21 Composition Camp. The student age range for this group is 8 to 11.

Here's a playlist of three compositions from our last composition camp. Liam L. and Ethan and Aaron M. composed these pieces.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Summer Piano

I've posted information for summer piano, so please take a look and see what might inspire your student to keep playing over the summer.

This year, I'm offering the option of four different summer camps in addition to private lessons.

Here are links for the details:

Summer Piano Lessons
Summer Piano Camps

Friday, February 26, 2016

2016 Piano Guild

Hey folks, it's time to let me know if your piano student(s) will participate in Piano Guild this year. For those of you not familiar with Piano Guild, here are details:

Students memorize a minimum of 4 pieces that they play for an adjudicator on Guild day. The adjudicator writes comments on their playing and gives them a numerical score. Now, here's something I don't necessarily tell students:  The huge benefit to participating in Guild has little to do with the actual performance and adjudication. The benefit comes from the process of spending weeks preparing for a very specific, challenging set of goals.

More benefits of participating in Piano Guild:
  • The concentrated effort of preparing for Guild can significantly boost students' playing skills.
  • When students have done the work to prepare for Guild, they feel a strong sense of accomplishment.
  • Guild reports provide an annual measurement of progress, judged against a national standard. It's like an annual report card for piano lessons.
  • Guild participants often make significantly more progress during the spring months than the students who do not participate.
I wish every student would participate, but I do understand that some will have good reasons why they would rather not.

Piano Guild happens May 9-16 at the Sacred Heart School for the Arts. We will not receive our assigned dates and times until I submit all student registrations, so be aware that students might be assigned to do Guild during a school day. I have to take whatever dates and time they assign, so don't sign up unless you're able to be somewhat flexible. They do always give me some after-school time.

The fee is $35 per student. I prefer that you pay online. (It's faster and easier than writing a check.) But if you need to pay by check, make it payable to me, and make sure it gets to me this week.