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February 2014

from How to Practice Piano Effectively:  

GO SLOWLY!  You want to go VERY slowly when first learning a piece.  You want to play it correctly.  The best way to do this is by going as slow as you need to in order to get BOTH the notes and the rhythm correct.  Do not go any faster than you can count it correctly – in the right time without missing any beats or having to pause.  If you have to pause, you are going too fast.  And, I mean you might have to go R-E-A-L-L-Y slow.  Your brain can speed up a piece once it is learned, but it cannot learn it correctly unless you enter the information correctly.  Soooo, no speedy pieces until they are learned.  Then, it will be easy to go faster and it will be a much better sounding piece than if you started out fast.



Welcome to our new students, Sanjana and Hergun.  We hope you enjoy your piano journey.  February brings our "I Love Piano" Master Class. The theme will be Movies, Broadway, TV and related music. The students usually love this one and have lots of fun. We'll also be learning more about the Romantic Period of Music and spotlight several composers of the period.  It will be on Thursday, Feb 13 from 7 to 8:15.  We’ll have light refreshments.  Many of the students will be performing their own arrangements of these songs.  Others will be performing existing arrangements.  It should be lots of fun.  The Guild Piano Audition enrollments are due this month.  I have already sent in the application and paid the fees so I would appreciate payment of that fee during February.  16 students will be participating this year so I’m very excited about that.  We also have one student participating in the Music Development Program, also in May.  Be sure to set aside time each day to practice.  I realize that some days are very busy but even 5 minutes of working on scales or a certain passage of a couple of measures will be worthwhile. 

Music School Website url is:  http://snowmusicschool.com.  The facebook music school page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Snow-School-of-Music/212047992181003.  I’ll be posting pictures on that page now rather than on my school website.  Students may earn extra points when they play any of the games or visit the website to learn more about music. 

Also go to http://www.musiclearningcommunity.com and log in to play the games appropriate for your level.    The musiclearningcommunity.com site has lots of fun games that are especially good for beginners and even higher levels.  Be sure to try to go there at least once each week.  If you have forgotten our log-in and password, let me know.  Remember going to the computer for music games or information at least once a week gives you 10 extra piano points. The cost to use this service is $1.00 per family per month. Each child can have a log-in, even those not taking lessons.              

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Karen Snow
Email: rksnow@sbcglobal.net
Phone: 951-734-2516
Text: 951-403-3131

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