It was an honor to have the opportunity to present a session at the 2017 MTNA conference this year! My topic was App-Laudable Uses of Apps in Music Lessons. In my session, I addressed the responsible and effective incorporation of technology before launching into a demonstration of a variety of apps for music lessons. If…
As everyone know it takes at lot of time and practice for a piano student to complete one book level in piano. So, Lopez Piano Studio would like to give a big shout out to Larissa for completing Level One of the Faber Piano Adventure Series. Way to go, Larissa!!
Two students from Lopez Piano Studio participated this year in the KMTA (Katy Music Teachers Association) Boys Recital this past February. These two brothers, Gibran and German had just started taking lessons a few months before but both were super excited to perform and show off what they had learned. Congratulations to both boys for a job well done!
It’s been awhile since I published my Star students at the studio! The studio would like to recognize these students for making the effort to work on the Piano Maestro app and reinforce everything they are learning during their piano lessons. Our star students in February/March and April were:
- Kassi Ochoa (Week of March 27)
- Camila Morales (Week of Feb 21st)
- Eli Vasquez (Weeks of April 10, 17, 24, May 1, and 8!!! Wow!!)
- Javier Rocha (Weeks of March 13, 20, & April 27)
Congratulations and great job!!!
The Three Little Pigs (taken from Practising the Piano Blog)
We all know the story of The Three Little Pigs, in which each pig builds a home. One takes hardly any time building his out of straw, so he can spend more time playing and relaxing. The second pig builds his home out of sticks, which takes slightly longer, but he too values his down time. The third pig chooses to build his home out of bricks, which requires a great deal more time and effort, but he values taking the time to build a home properly. When the Big Bad Wolf pays a visit, needless to say only the third pig’s house of bricks stands up to the wolf’s huffing and puffing.
The House of Bricks
The piano player who builds his “house” out of bricks takes pleasure, satisfaction and pride in the process of learning and enjoys doing this thoroughly and deeply. For him, the journey is just as important as the destination. Here are some of the principles he works by:
- Have the patience to work out a good fingering from the outset, and write it in your score
- Learn to differentiate between the process of practising and the act of performing
- As you learn notes, aim to make no errors at all. If you do make errors, fix them immediately!
- Equip yourself with a good set of practice tools so you know how to solve problems
- Learn to completely relish ultra-slow practice
- If you’re going to play from memory, start the memorisation process at the note learning stage
It feels really great when my students come to me all excited about a new piece they found on You Tube and they want to play it. I try to find simplified versions of the pieces for them. Their enthusiasm just motivates me to work with them a little harder. So, right now, I’m looking for a simplified piece of Canon in D. Last night as I was walking down one of the hallways at church, one of my students just ran up to me with such excitement because she had found a piece she wanted to learn (Canon in D). How can I say no?!! I will work with her on this piece along with her regular curriculum but she will be playing Canon in D for the Christmas Recital! How do I know? Because she WANTS to learn it! It doesn’t get better than that for a teacher.