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.
Presently, the students at Lopez Piano Studio are preparing for the MTNA state theory test in January. Some of my beginners are just learning how to read the notes on the staff so I found this great Youtube video I thought my help them learn the treble clef notes. Enjoy!
I can’t believe a year has gone by since our last Sonatina Festival. This year it will be divided into two locations. It’s so great to see so many students stepping up to the challenge. Good luck to all them tomorrow!
Piano bench……me. Piano bench……student…….me. This is often how it is at my studio. It’s a great business. I set my own hours, rates, policies, and who I work with. On the flip side, it can get a bit lonely.
Recently, our local teacher group hosted our eighth annual Sonatina Festival. I have been chairman of this event since its inception. After months of planning, scheduling, inviting, enrolling, ribbon ordering, juggling Excel files, not to mention teaching my own students some of the toughest piano literature on the planet, the day finally arrived. The four judges from the Houston area represented professionals who teach, compose, present, improvise, write articles, accompany at church, and perform. They arrived with enthusiasm for the students and smiles on their faces.
In between listening and critiquing, we all had a chance to enjoy some food. That led to wonderful conversations that included exchanges of ideas…
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October 24th two students from our studio participated in the Wee Folks Recital sponsored by the Katy Music Teachers Association. Both James Cupp, who performed Little Lost Kitty, and Juliana Anzora, who performed a Faber arrangement of Ode to Joy by Beethoven, did a marvelous job performing for the parents. They were among 30 Katy students that performed in this event. Lopez Piano Studio applauds them for their hard work and performances.