Carolyn W

​This is a Garage Band composition called "Roaring Lion."  Carolyn started the song with the Garage Band drummer Leah and then played in all the other instrument parts.  She added some FX to finish the song.

Artist Name - Roaring Lion - Carolyn W.m4a

​This is the piano solo of the Christina Perri song "Human.

Artist Name - Human - Carolyn W.m4a

Joe J

​This Garage Band project is the song "Found My Place."  It is from the movie "Ninjago."

Artist Name - Found My Place - Joe.m4a

​This is the piano solo "Nonsense Tango."  The words to this song are "I like to tango eating a mango, but my fandango got in the way.  Then in Havana I ate banana, doing the tango all of the day.  Come watch me tango all the day."

Artist Name - A Nonsense Tango - Joe J.m4a

Whitney M

​This is a Garage Band project called "Sparkle It Up!"

Artist Name - Sparkle It Up! - Whitney M.m4a

​This piano solo is called "Try Everything."  It is from the movie "Zootopia."

Artist Name - Try Everything - Whitney M.m4a

Drew S

​This is a Garage Band composition called "Electronic Drums."

Artist Name - Electronic Drums - Drew S.m4a

​This is the piano solo "Believer" by Imagine Dragons.

Artist Name - Believer - Drew S.m4a

Wyatt C

​This is a Garage Band composition called "Venturesome Mode."

Artist Name - Venturesome Mode - Wyatt C.m4a

​This piano solo is called "Millenium Bean Bag Zoo."

Artist Name - Millennium Bean Bag Zoo - Wyatt C.m4a

Kayleigh N

​This is a Garage Band composition called "Rainbowt."

Artist Name - Rainbowt - Kayleigh N.m4a

​This is "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen."  It is a piano duet with Kayleigh and her mom.

Artist Name - Let it Go - Kayleigh N.m4a

Elizabeth L

​This song is called "Night Music."  I made on my old Apple laptop with a keyboard plugged into it to play in the keyboard parts.  There are also two built-in Apple drum loops that I used through the song.

Artist Name - NightMusic.mp3

​This song is called "Prelude."  It is by Dimitri Shostakovitch - one of my favorite composers.  I love the bounciness and excitement of this piece.  This is the book it is from.

Artist Name - PreludeShostakovich.mp3

How to Learn to Play Complex Rhythms

One of my students several years ago had a recital piece that the rhythms between the left hand and right hand were really hard for him. As I had done with many of my students I told him to try what I called "lap-slap" the rhythms. So you take the rhythm of the left hand and the rhythm of the right hand and you slap them out on your thighs VERY SLOWY while saying something like:  right - left - together - left etc. Then you gradually work up to full speed.

So this year his recital piece has four different sections with very complex rhythms. So he tried the "lap-slap" technic and again it helped him a lot.

Here is an audio of Joe first demonstrating the four different rhythm sections and then playing the entire piece.

Artist Name - JoeFlemencoFireweb.m4a

Catching Butterflies (Garage Band Project)

​My students have begun creating a spring project in their music lessons so this is a short one that I created as a demo for them.  The students look forward to this project each year of creating something in music and Garage Band is a favorite app for them.

Artist Name - Catching Butterflies.m4a

Music Notation - Hand Written vs Notation App

I began my own music studies about 65 years ago and writing music by hand, and even sometimes hand drawing the staff lines, was common place as part of my lesson assignment. I thought it was so neat to write music, even if my assignment was to only draw treble clef signs, bass clef signs and notes of different value such as whole, half, quarter and eighth notes...​

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Our Favorite Composers/Books

  • 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.
  • 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!
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