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March 2014

from How to Practice Piano Effectively:  

Do it right the first time.  There have been students who came to lessons having practiced faithfully all week and almost had a piece memorized, but…it was learned wrong.  Maybe it was the rhythm or lots of wrong notes.  It then takes time to fix the errors.  Much of a lesson might have to be spent on “relearning the piece correctly.”  This takes time away from other things that need to be worked on.  It has been shown that it takes about 7 times of repetition to learn something, but it takes 35 times to fix and relearn it.  Remember the first day of practice at home is the most important.  Take the time to go slowly and carefully so you don’t learn a mistake.  You will be happier and so will I.



The I Love Piano" Master Class was lots of fun and I hope you all learned lots. The Guild Piano Audition enrollments were sent in Feb 1.  I should have a definite date in a month or so, but it will probably be the 16th of May.  If you haven’t paid the enrollment fee yet, please send it in this month.  Be sure to NOT procrastinate the memorization of your program pieces.  The time will come very quickly.  March begins our “The Sky’s the Limit” in studio sticker game.  Students may earn up to 6 stickers each week with a goodie or treat for every 20 stickers.  The details are in a flyer you will get at the lessons this week.  We hope to have an optional performance at the same rest home we went to last year but this time, I will bring our own piano.  The one there had keys that didn’t work.  The Grieg Festival will be coming up the beginning of May.  Be thinking of the pieces you want to play at this event.  It is for all parents and friends and students.

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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