Audrey Bourdo was the winner in the 2016 KMTA Auditions (Grades 1-2, Group One). We’re very proud of her and her accomplishments. Congratulations to Audrey and her family!
Jamie Bone performing with Plymouth Congressional Church Choir the Rutter's Gloria. Sorry for the quality. I am currently updating the website after an update to WordPress caused the site to reset. Posted By Sean Metzinger
Posted by Sean Metzinger on Sunday, December 13, 2015
Jamie Bone performing with Plymouth Congressional Church Choir the Rutter’s Gloria. Sorry for the quality.
I am currently updating the website after an update to WordPress caused the site to reset. Posted By Sean Metzinger
Pianos on Parade (POP) places ‘artistically transformed’ pianos around Kansas City in various outdoor locations for all to play and enjoy. In order to celebrate 100 years of excellence for the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, our goal is to place 100 pianos around our city during the summer of 2015.
Our own studio mate Hendrix performed at the unveiling of the newly-painted pianos. Here are some pictures:
Music Progressions 2015 was a huge success for the 8 students that participated. Music Progressions is an annual event hosted by the Kansas Music Teachers Association where students complete 1 of 10 levels of skill. Each level includes performance of piece, technical skills, a listening test, and a theory test. Great job to all of those who completed their level this year!
For a fun Halloween activity, I bought these fake witch fingers. You simply slide them onto your fingers and voila! You have witch hands! One piano technique that beginner pianists have to learn is that we don’t play piano with flat fingers. We also don’t play with long fingernails. These witch fingers force you to play with flat fingers and the fingernails are incredibly long!
As the students tried to perform while wearing these creepy fingers, they soon realized that playing piano was nearly impossible! They had a lot of fun wearing the fingers and it reinforced a simple lesson that could always use a good reminder.
Here is the listening list for the 20th century listening exam that will take place during our May studio class. As our music history progresses, you’ll notice that more complex harmonies arise. Composers begin breaking more and more “rules” in the search for a new sound. If you listen to the recordings from this list and compare them to the pieces from the Baroque era, it’s astonishing to hear the differences between them. These are just a sampling of my favorite pieces from this era. There are many more. Please remember that the student needs to know the name of the piece AND its composer.
Here is the listening list for the ROMANTIC era. As always, students will be expected to know the name of the piece AND its composer. Listen to these pieces on a regular basis for optimum results and be sure that the student always knows what they’re listening to. Now would also be a good time to discuss the stylistic differences you’ve noticed between the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras of music. We’ll briefly discuss them during studio class in April. These are just a few of the musical masters of the Romantic era of music. This was the era where composers REALLY took piano music to the limits. A fortune of the best pieces in the piano repertoire come from this era! I challenge you to listen to more piano music from this era. It’s amazing!
1. Liebestraum (“Love Dream”) – Franz Liszt (A very famous piece of Liszt’s. So gorgeous!)
2. Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 – Frederic Chopin (Nocturne comes from the word “nocturnal” and is considered “night music.”)
3. Traumerei – Robert Schumann (This is a movement from his collection of pieces “Scenes from Childhood”. Traumerei means “Dreaming”.) Have you noticed how much more programmatic Romantic era music is vs. Classical or Baroque? Classical = Sonata no. ? in ? major. Romantic = Liebstraum or Traumerei. I personally think it’s very fascinating.
4. Prelude in C-sharp minor – Sergei Rachmaninov (This is one of the most recognizable pieces of the entire era.)
5. Etude Op. 10 No. 1 – Frederic Chopin (As you can imagine, this is an etude to practice intricate arpeggios.)
6. Transcendental Etude (S.139) No. 4 – Franz Liszt (Observe the moments where there’s so much going on, that the music is written on 3 staves instead of 2!)