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November 2014

from How to Practice Piano Effectively:  
Don’t be afraid to “struggle”
When you are practicing a new piece, you might find a place that is just “really hard.”  HARD is OK!  This just gives you an opportunity for you to struggle and train your brain a bit!  Take that hard part and work it — over and over and over — this is your way of saying to your brain, “You’re going to “get” this if it’s the last thing I do!”  Then, after you’ve worked a while, step away from the piano.  During those break times your brain is still working on that hard part.  Then, when you come back to the piano a few minutes later you’ll find that section might just be that much easier!
Disclaimer:  Don’t try the “break” thing if you haven’t first done the “struggle” thing.  Doesn’t work that way.


*IMPORTANT NOTE***There will be NO classes the week of Thanksgiving – Have a great holiday!  The week of the Christmas Recital normally has no lessons but there will be class that week. The recital itself counts as 1 lesson and then that week’s lesson is another “week,” making 4 “lessons” in December.  I didn’t want to have two months in a row with just three lessons so will be teaching that recital week.  Lessons for December go through December 19th. I’m trying to get some performance opportunities at some retirement homes during December.  I’ll have sign-ups for them if I can get the dates set soon.  The Halloween Master Class was lots of fun!  I enjoyed every minute of it.  The pieces sounded great.  Welcome to new students this school year: Alec, Andrew, Brave, Ryann, and True. 

The Christmas Recital is coming up fast on December 5th.  I’ll have more information in a flyer soon.  I’ve never had the recital this early before, so I’d like to know how everyone likes having early as opposed to the week before Christmas.    Everyone should have their Christmas Music by now so get busy working on it. 

The CAPMT Piano Auditions are on Nov 8th and those participating are busy finishing up their programs.  They have worked hard and should see positive results on that day.

We will be using Piano Maestro (only on iPad) during some lessons and, for those with an iPad, 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.

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
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Phone: 951-734-2516
Text: 951-403-3131

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