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Fun Piano Lesson Ideas for Summer

June 27, 2018

Summer can be a welcome break from the usual school-year routine and offers some unique opportunities for your private piano students. No school (or homework!) allows more time to experiment on the piano. Flexibility during the day also means you can alter scheduling and plan duet lessons or have a daytime piano camp. Of course, teachers always consider how to make piano lessons fun, and to help with that, we explore some summer ideas and resources.

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Silent No More: Mount Vernon Makes Harpsichord History

February 19, 2018

The harpsichord holds an important place in music history. Its unique sound is instantly recognizable, flavoring the works of countless composers from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods. The historic harpsichord at Mount Vernon is of special interest to John Watson, Curator Emeritus of Musical Instruments for Colonial Williamsburg. It’s an instrument modern ears have had no way to hear… until now.

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The Inside Voice

The Inside Voice: An Interview with Mark Hayes

October 7, 2015

Known to be one of the most versatile composers and arrangers of our time, Mark Hayes is popular with both worship and secular choirs. He bridges the gap between style and content, making his music accessible to anyone who loves to sing. No doubt, his ability to write songs that appeal to the identities of many different choirs is what has made him one of the most widely performed contemporary composers.

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MTNA Conference Premiering Two Intermediate Trios

March 18, 2014
MTNA Chicago 2014

2,000 music teachers, students, and music industry personnel will meet in Chicago from March 22-26, 2014 for the Music Teachers National Association’s annual conference.  Prominent on the schedule is the premiere of two trios by American composers Wynn-Anne Rossi and Phillip Keveren.

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Making Music Side by Side

July 24, 2012

Pianists, think back to your first experience playing the piano alongside another.  For me, it was at home at age eight, sitting on the bench of our just-delivered Kawai upright with my mother.  At that moment, I knew nothing about playing the piano.  But like so many, the one and only thing my mother could plunk out was Heart and Soul.

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