November 2015 - Prodigy Piano Instruction

Hello All,

Can you believe it’s November? The holidays are going to be here before we know it, and there’s a lot going on at Prodigy Piano before then!

Bring a Friend Week

Bring a Friend WeekNext week is Bring a Friend Week. This is of course not required, but all my students are welcome to bring one friend to their lesson the week of November 9th. Students and parents, let me know if you will be bringing someone, and whether or not the friend plays the piano. This will help me in my planning, so we can be sure that everything runs smoothly!

Christmas Recital

Christmas Concert

There will be a recital at Granite Ledges on Saturday, December 5th, at 1:30. There is one spot left, so if you would like to participate but haven’t signed up yet, please let me know right away! I know it’s early, but I have to admit I am already enjoying hearing my students play Christmas music. 🙂

Christmas Party

The week of December 7th, lessons will be replaced with Christmas parties. The parties will be on Sunday and Monday of that week, and I think I will hold four or five parties, with about 6-8 kids of similar ages at each party. I have some really fun musical activities planned, so I’m looking forward to this! This will be my first year doing a Christmas party, so I apologize in advance for anything that doesn’t go quite as smoothly as I hope it will. I’ll get more info to you all about the party very soon, but wanted to give you a heads up.

Thanksgiving Vacation

Thanksgiving vacation is the week of November 23rd. Only Monday students will have lessons that week, to make up for Labor Day. Everyone else, enjoy your week off!

Student of the Month

Two of my students deserve the Student of the Month award. Great job guys, you blew me away this month!

Frances Lesser


Frances got several 5-star practice weeks this month, which is awesome. She also performed a duet with me at our Halloween concert (dressed up as Hermione from Harry Potter) which I really enjoyed! Lately Frances has been adding a great deal of musicality to her music. For instance, in a piece she played called Spooky, she added dynamics and articulations which made it sound really, really cool! Frances, you are becoming a wonderful young musician. Keep it up, and soon you’ll be able to teach your baby sister how to play just like you! 🙂

Alice Richards


Alice went above and beyond with her composer assignments this month. I asked my students to listen to some music by the composer Franz Liszt and write a short paragraph about the pieces. Alice wrote full pages, and they were extremely well thought out and descriptive. Alice also got 5 stars almost every week, which is very hard to do – believe me, I’m not that nice! 😉 Keep it up Alice, you’re awesome!!

Featured Performer

Tyler came back from his summer vacation this year fired up and ready to go! He practiced during the summer, when he could (who does that??), and even played Happy Birthday for me a few days after my birthday!

Tyler does a really great job adding character to the music he plays. In this video, he performed Dungeon Run by Daniel McFarlane, and I think he really tapped into the medieval nature of this piece (while still adding his “boy” touch!). Check out his video: