New Year, Old Tracks

I meant to post some Student Salon highlights before the new school year, but time does seem to fly…

Here’s the playlist featuring my students’ commitment, work, and musicality:

Don’t forget, lessons begin September 11, 2017. Looking forward to seeing my students again!

If you haven’t already done so, do check out the Student Compositions page.

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Last week of lessons!

Lessons end this Friday, June 23!

It has been another fulfilling year teaching my small group of students. They just keep on growing both in height and musical expression. I look forward to seeing you all in September. I’ll be posting highlights from the Student Salon over the summer, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy this classic tune:

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March Break!

There will be no regularly scheduled lessons this week, but if I have arranged a make-up lesson with you, I’ll see you then!

Have a wonderful week.

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Lessons Resume

I’m looking forward to the new year!

A quick reminder that piano lessons resume the week of January 9th. In the meantime, here’s a tune I’ve been feelin’ since I heard it on The Get Down, that textured dramatization of hip-hop’s early days (available on Netflix, if you’re interested.) See you soon!

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The year’s almost over…

It’s time to celebrate with music.

Our annual Student Salon will take place this Saturday, June 18 at 4:00 p.m. I’m looking forward to sitting back and enjoying the sounds.

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March Break – March 14 to 18

Yup! It’s time for a piano lesson break. No lessons next week, giving students plenty of bonus practice time!

Remember that if you’re ever curious about lesson dates, a calendar is available at https://myrtlesmusicroom.com/lessons/calendar/.

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It’s Reading Week…

…which means no regular lessons this week as I try to do more PhD work and get over my cold and fever.

I hope you enjoy Family Day.

Here’s one of my faves for listening on this cold winter’s day. Hope you find it as peaceful as I do.

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Happy Holidays!

DontUseThatTone-MozartCartoonIt’s been a hectic term for me – all those books and articles (that I should have read, haha!), all that grading for the Cultural Perspectives course, interview conducting and transcribing, the constant attempts at writing, and of course, the piano teaching.

It’s been another few months of learning more about and from my students. Yes, there’s been music-making, but what stands out more to me are their perspectives on school and life, as well as the laughter. I gotta love the laughter.

Have a restful and joyous holiday. See you all the week of January 4!

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A New Lesson Year About to Start!

I’m bracing myself for an incredibly busy year as I get back to my PhD work while teaching, playing, and watching a fascinating baby grow up. I’ll be getting lesson plans ready during the remainder of the summer to get a head start on all the work.

This year’s registration deadline is September 1st and lessons begin September 14, 2015. Don’t forget to check out the Calendar throughout the year for lesson and holiday information.

I’m looking forward to seeing my students again!

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House Music

On Saturday, May 23, we held the fourth annual Student Salon, an event I started so that my piano students could have a space to play without the stress of a formal recital. For the past two years, I’ve added the requirement that they play by memory. Keep ’em on their toes. I could see them more worked up over this and sometimes I’ve wondered whether this takes away from the casual music-sharing feel of the event. I even added a program so that they commit to pieces they have decided to play. No backing out last minute! It’s a tough thing, challenging them and making it feel like performing isn’t this be-all, end-all moment.

Last Saturday, though, I think it worked out. A couple of students surprised me by deciding to play, by memory, pieces that we had decided in advance to play with the score. I know how difficult this is in front of an audience and how vulnerable one can feel. And they handled it with humour and honesty. Students shared interpretations and even their own compositions. Every one of them got in the cypher and did their thing.

They're growing up! Missing some people in this shot, unfortunately.

They’re growing up!
Missing some people in this shot, unfortunately.

This could not have happened without the supportive audience that created such a comfortable environment for musical risk-taking. I wish I had this while developing as a musician. Instead, I only had recitals and competitions in which the pressure to be perfect made me anxious and messed with my focus on the day of performance. I learned a lot in those settings, but sometimes I wonder how I ever got through them still loving music.

So, thanks to everyone that participated for filling my home once again with warmth and music.

(P.S. I never did mention what I played despite being kind of asked that day. It was the Prelude from Bach’s Partita No. 5.)

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