What do Memorial Day, Ravel, augmented chords, and whole tone scales have in common? Find out in a new "Idea to Try" for piano improvisation, here.
(Just a nice story for Easter and International Women's Day.) A Mendelssohn masterpiece was really his sister’s. After 188 years, it premiered under her name. By Derek Hawkins - Washington Post “Easter Sonata” — a complex four-movement piano composition from 19th century Germany — could only have been written by Felix Mendelssohn. Or so thought many of the archivists, scholars and [...]
Experience MusiKinesis! Better Musicianship through Movement - Better Dance skills through Music Learn this unique approach to the physicality of music in a new series of Sunday MusiKinesis classes. Based on the Swiss Jaques-Dalcroze method, MusiKinesis is the work of Monica Dale, professional dancer, pianist, and Dalcroze Licentiate. Classes begin January 8th, 2017, at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County. Schedule [...]
Just posted to "Ideas to Try," this one-page piano piece by Finnish composer Erkki Melartin makes a fun study in moods for students. Click here to get the piece with some teaching suggestions.
I LOVE browsing The International Music Score Library Project !! It's like rummaging through music at an antiques shop, but without the dust (well, hopefully). This little piece (<- click for the PDF) by Finnish composer Erkki Melartin had me laughing by the second phrase. I'm not sure what he had in mind, but it reminded me of Debbie Downer (who even has her [...]
Check out the Ideas to Try page! It now has search functionality, so it's even easier to get great ideas for lesson plans, private teaching or independent studies of your own. Want to explore movement in relation to a piano piece by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze? It's there. Need a song and teaching ideas for a class of children? You'll find it! Looking [...]
I've been a little biased for a long time. I grew up playing my parents' magnificent Steinway B, and there was a bit of a family squabble about who would inherit it. I lost, but I certainly can't complain about my beloved 1924 mahogany Mason & Hamlin A. Pianos are like people -- uniquely individual, no [...]