New Project Ideas

​About 3 years ago Ellie and I started to include a "Projects" portion in the recital.  This would include any creative thing done by the student - arranging a song, composing a song, improvising a song, making a Garage Band original composition, arrangement of a song, etc.  This year there are some new creative ideas from some of my percussion players I would like to share with you.

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Aaaaand We're Back!

​Well it has been a long time since the last post!  Other projects and priorities were happening, but Ellie and I are ready to get back into the swing of regular blog posting.  It is one of our New Year's Resolutions!

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Memorization Mishaps

This is my second installment of things that happen in performances.  It is a short list of some memorization snafus that have happened to some of our students in recitals.

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Music Down!

​Well Ellie and I are starting to share some performance stories as we get our students ready for recital.  Here one of my own stories.  I am in 7th or 8th grade and already have been doing accompanying for church and school choirs.  My older brother asked me to accompany him for a vocal solo in state contest.  I said "sure!"  And here is what happened.

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A Funny Thing Happened...

​As Elizabeth and I get our students ready for recitals, we got to chatting about unexpected or unusual things that can happen in a performance situation.  ​I studied piano with Bette Wortman after my children were both in school and I want to share an interesting story with you that she told me.

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Our Favorite Composers/Books

  • Melody Bober
    Melody Bober is such a popular composer with our students! We think it is because she is from Minnesota. So she knows what Minnesotans like in their music!
  • Frederic Chopin
    Chopin is Elizabeth's favorite composer for the piano. In fact, he composed ONLY for the piano. It is no wonder many of her more advanced students enjoy playing his music also!
  • John Williams
    John Williams has been composing music for movies for such a long time! Many of the students enjoy playing the music from "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter," two of his most loved musical scores.
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