I’ve had a great start to the new academic year, and I hope you all have too. Call me crazy, but I can’t wait for the cooler weather to come in so we can start enjoying New Hampshire’s best season!
I’m very excited to be starting the monthly Prodigy Piano newsletter! Each month, you can expect to see news on upcoming concerts in the area, events coming up in the studio, featured student composers and performers, the student of the month, and much more. Just so we’re all on the same page, I’m going to list the details of some of the new things I have going on this year.
Featured Composers and Performers
If you write an awesome composition, or play and a piece really really really well and make a video of it, you will have the opportunity to be a featured composer or performer in my newsletter. In addition, once you’re a featured composer or performer, you secure yourself a spot on my website on one of the pages below (they’re empty right now, but hopefully not for long!). I’ll make your composition look professional and other students will be able to download and play it. It won’t be easy to be a featured musician, so you’ll have to work really hard. Can you be the first one to land on the page?
Student of the month
I think I’ve told most of you how the Student of the Month award works, but in case you missed it, I explained it on the Lesson Notebooks page.
This year from the months of September to June (36 weeks) I’d like to challenge all of my students to learn forty new pieces. For those of you thinking, “Gah! That’s impossible!”, just hear me out. 🙂
The pieces will not all be at your current level – in fact, most of them won’t be. We’ll learn pieces that are 1-3 levels below you, so you’ll have the ability to finish at least one per week. We’ll try all different kinds of music: jazz, pop, classical, or anything else you’re interested in. We may choose a few pieces that are super easy for you, but your goal will be to memorize them in one week. These are just a few of the great benefits of this challenge:
- You’ll have a huge amount of repertoire under your belt
- You’ll learn many different styles of music. This will make you a well rounded musician
- Your sight reading skills will explode. I’m serious. And when they do, just think about how much easier it will be to learn new pieces!
I’ve made it easy for you to select new repertoire. Go to the Repertoire Lists (first ask my advice on what levels you should look in) and choose whatever looks fun to you. I’ve recorded a great deal of the music listed, so if you’d like to know what it sounds like, see if you can find it in the Instructional Recordings. All of my students should have the password to this page, so shoot me an email if you don’t have it.
Every couple of months I’ll be setting up a themed mini-recital at Granite Ledges, an assisted living home near the Concord hospital. I’ll have a sign-up sheet in my studio, and I’m thinking I can have about ten students perform at each recital.
The first recital will be on Saturday, October 17th at 1:30. It’s a Halloween concert, so only scary music is allowed! Parents, let me know by next week if you’d like to sign up so we can start working on a song.
On Saturday, September 19th at 7:30pm and Sunday, September 20th at 2:00pm, the New Hampshire Philharmonic will be putting on a fabulous concert at Stockbridge Theatre in Derry, NH. They will be performing Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The violin soloist is David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who is sure to give a stunning performance of a very challenging piece! Visit this page for more information about the concert, and to buy tickets.
I can personally vouch for this concert because I will be a cellist in the orchestra. So if you come, please be sure to spot me on stage and say hi during intermission. 🙂
That’s all for now. Cheers, and I’ll see you all soon!