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May 2014

from How to Practice Piano Effectively:  
Realize that the piece of music tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about how to play the piece.  You just have to look at it.  It seems like a simple thing to do, but how many times have you started to play a piece and then discovered that you had never looked at the key signature.  I know I have!  Take time to analyze the piece before you start practicing it, especially the very first time.  Look at the patterns, the types of notes, the timing, even the words if there are words.  Make sure you play it very slowly at first so you won’t miss anything as you are learning it.  It is waaaaay harder to correct a mistake than to do it right in the first place.  I won’t give you a piece that I don’t think you can play, sooooo you CAN do it!


I really enjoyed the Grieg Festival though I was sorry more didn’t come.  Learning about composers helps us be better pianists.  Take the time to listen to the cd I gave each of you.  There are lots of Romantic Period numbers on it.  I hope you will get more and more familiar with famous music compositions.  Guild Auditions are on the 16th of this month.  I will be handing out the time schedule and the directions this week.  This year, we will NOT be having the performance night the week of the auditions.  If anyone wants extra time, I am available on Saturday and Monday and possibly other times.  Please contact me if you need this help.  The Spring Recital theme will be “The Magic of Music” and should be lots of fun and entertaining.  It will be on Friday, June 27th at 7 pm and will last at least 90 minutes.  I really, really hope it won’t go longer than that.  I’ll have more information for you as the time gets closer. We will be using Piano Maestro (iPad) during some lessons and for those with them at home, I will be assigning lessons to do on them.  It is very engaging and lots of fun.  You can log in as a student of mine and it will keep track of the results.

This year I hope to do a series of piano camps during the summer.  I will have an interest sheet going home in the next few weeks.  Please take a look and return it asap.  There will be NO regular lessons in July as usual, but also NO regular lessons in August.

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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