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Piano Group

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

One of my favorite parts of being a piano teacher is our monthly piano groups. We get together and take turns playing for each other. It’s NOTHING like a recital. Only those people who want to play for each other come and play. No one may come and “just watch”. So it’s a very friendly group of listeners. Many times, we have no idea what someone is going to play until we hear it. Our students have introduced us to a lot of really good music that way. In particular, lately, we have learned to love Ludovico Einaudi’s music.

We have such a good time. Here’s what our students played this past weekend at our piano group.

  • Go the Distance (Hercules theme)
  • Beethoven Sonata #10, 2nd movement
  • Winter Splendor by Martha Mier
  • Bach Two-Part Invention #14
  • Willow Weep for Me
  • Peaceful by Louis Landon
  • Diabelli Sonatina #6
  • Excerpts from Czerny Opus 453
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Mozart K309 Rondeau
  • The Way We were
  • Clementi Sonatina #1
  • Love Story
  • Sounds of Silence
  • Blues in the Night

Til next time.

Karen

Introductions

Friday, January 17th, 2014

We have been so very excited about the launch of our new and improved website.  Thanks from the bottom of our hearts to our webmaster, Doug Tapia.  He has done an outstanding job of creating our online home.

Well, let’s see, how shall we start?  I guess the biggest news is that we now have all our published music available on the site for purchase.  Howard and I have been married for 13 years and we have been writing books and publishing them all along.  It’s kind of surprising to me to see 23 books all on one page.  But then, it’s like we tell our students in sight reading practice. If you just read 3 pieces a day, in a year you will have played over 300 pieces.  Now multiply that by 3 or 4 years and you’ve played over 1000 pieces.  It’ll be awhile before we have composed 1000 pieces and published them, but it still feels like an accomplishment to see all those covers.

I began composing pieces when I was a teenager, before I could read music (or write it down).  Howard began composing pieces for daughter Dori when she was about 6 years old.  So we’ve been doing it for a long time.  My students sometimes ask what my favorite book, or favorite piece is that I’ve written.  It’s hard to say, as many of my pieces were composed about or for loved ones.  But, if I were pressed to say which of my books is best, it would have to be Enchanted Journey for myself.  Although I have probably sold many more copies of In A Minor Mood.  Howard’s bestselling book is by far, Boogie Piano.  Take a look at the sample pages and listen to some of the sample tracks and see what your favorites are.  Link to Print Music HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Karen