Archive for June, 2010


Recital and Summer Piano Notes

Chaundre Broomfield 6212010.mp3

The June 21st recital was a great success.  Twenty-three students played, and those who were there enjoyed the evening’s entertainment.  Thank you all for coming.  When Chaundre Broomfield played his tune, he neglected to say that it was his arrangement, so here it is.  Click on the above link to hear it.  I recorded this at his lesson about an hour before the recital. 

Twenty three students earned the MTNA Music Achievement Award this year.  I hope all of you had a chance to browse through the reports the students made on composers.  Congratulations to all who worked hard and did a great job on your goals. 

The Student of the 2009-2010 Year is Jordan Thompson.  Jordan shows great self-motivation and drive–always looking for another piano project.  She doesn’t let a difficulty defeat her, as all of you saw when she played Beethoven with a cast on her right arm.  Luckily she had memorized it and prepared it weeks ahead of the recital.  Congratulations, Jordan!  It is a pleasure to work with you.

One component of music lessons that isn’t often addressed is the involvement of the parents.  Students whose parents are active participants in their practice sessions and lessons do much, much better than those whose parents simply send or bring their kids to lessons.  Often when parental participation is absent, the student’s progression ceases. Summer is a good time to evaluate your own contribution to student success.  We can prepare the recipe for success at the studio, but the baking is done at home. 

Schedule note:  Lessons will resume Tuesday, July 20th.  Happy vacation! 


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See what practicing does for you.

Chaundre lesson62010.mp3

Well, practicing and a good ear.  This is a sample of Chaundre Broomfield playing a jazz piece by ear at this afternoon’s lesson.  And an advertisement for the recital on June 21st.  Be there or be square.  Thanks, Chaundre, for letting me share this.

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June Notes

The Spring Recital will be on Monday, June 21st, at 7 p.m. sharp.  The venue is the same as in past years, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Mt. Airy Road in New Windsor.  If you need directions, let me know.  Once again I anticipate forty-five minutes to an hour of top rate music.  I ask that all students dress well for the occasion–girls in skirts or dresses (modest in style, please) and boys in collared shirts and ties.  Please plan to arrive five or ten minutes early so that we can start ontime. 

The Student of the Year award will be awarded that evening, and the students will receive their MTNA Music Achievement pins. 

If you haven’t finished your goals yet, please wrap those up this week if possible.  I’ve received some nice biographies which I will display at the recital.  Most of you should be well into memorizing your recital pieces by now. 

Some of you have expressed an interest in building a classical music library of recordings.  Here are a few suggestions for starting your collection:

J. S. Bach Well Tempered Clavier, Brandenburg Concerti (1-6), Goldberg Variations.  Two and Three Part Inventions.  Any Bach recorded by Glenn Gould.

G.F. Handel:  Messiah, Water Music.

Mozart:  Requiem, Jupiter Symphony #41, Piano Sonatas, Any wind concerto.

Beethoven: Symphonies 3,5,6,7,9.  String Quartet #59

Berlioz:  Symphony Fantastique

Schumann:  4th Piano Concerto

Schubert: 9th, Trout Quintet, Piano Sonanta #959

Chopin:  Anything he wrote for piano

Wagner:  Overtures and Preludes, Lonhengrin, Tannhauser

Mahler:  1st, 5th, 8th Symphonies

Debussy:  LaMer, Prelude to Afternoon of a Fawn

Ravel:  Piano Concerto (3rd) Ravel orchestration to Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Moussorgsky:  Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain. 

More to come…



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