Music and Swim 1-31-14

Today we had our regular piano lesson in Canfield. S9 ran through the piece she will perform later tonight at her YSU recital (Pyramid Power) on Neyla’s big piano. She also learned about the pentatonic scale and practiced counting beats out loud. Nelya asked us to order the Bastien “Major Key Signatures” for additional music theory.

After piano, O8 had her regular violin lesson with Miss Tina.

Next, O8 had a swim lesson with Ms. Barb. In addition to laps, she worked on diving.

O swim lesson

In the evening, S9 performed her piece at Bliss Hall. It was a rather imposing venue, but she played perfectly. She does not seem fazed a bit by the spotlight.   2014-01-31 20.26.50


Piano 1-13-2015

Today S10 attended her first piano lesson of the new year. She is starting to work on her Federation pieces in earnest. That event is coming up on March 14, which gives her two solid months to learn the two pieces by memory and polish them. She will be playing a “Mini Toccata”. I’ll have to get the title of the other piece for next post.

The tricky part for the Toccata is that, while not technically too difficult, it has a sequence of runs that need to be played at a very even, smooth tempo. That is going to require some metronome work, which S10 does not care to do. Her personal challenge will be putting in the tedious work now so that she trains herself to play evenly.

I did not take a lesson today as I am recovering from minor surgery. My lessons will resume after next week.

Piano 9-26-14

Today S10 and I had our regular piano lesson in Canfield. We decided to switch to Fridays since that would give us Monday and Tuesday completely open. I would rather have Fridays open, but with gym on Friday evening anyway it makes more sense this way.

S10 is almost finished with her second set of books. She started using a supplemental book called Fingerpower to improve her dexterity and build strength. She is working on a new performance piece and also played a duet with Nelya called “The Old Castle”, which has a spooky feel to it. She likes playing duets. We also discussed the possibility of a piano-violin-cello trio at Federation next March.

I went next. I worked on two pieces from a new book called Accent on Classical. There are two selections that I am considering doing for Federation, if I am able to participate. (The National Federation of Music Clubs has an “adult” student category, open to non-professional adult students, but our local Club has never had any adult participants. Tina and Nelya are working to see if I am able to open the category.) Anyway, the two selections are “Barcarolle” and “Homage to Chopin”, both of which I love and would enjoy learning by memory. I am also polishing the fifth and sixth variations on “Nel cor piu non mi sento” (Beethoven). I can finally play the sixth through, but it is very rough and has a couple of tricky parts that memorization will definitely help iron out. I also started B-flat major scales & arpeggios.

In the evening, S10 went to gym. O8, who was up sick much of the night before, skipped this week and actually fell asleep in the van instead.

Music 4-29-14

Today we had our regular music lessons in Canfield.

At violin, O8 worked on her new Book 2 pieces: the Chorus, which she started on a few weeks ago, and a new piece: Musette.  Miss Tina also showed her how she could play some of the music from Frozen.  S10 received the sheet music for her birthday and it is, apparently, not difficult to play it on violin.  Also apparently: we are not the first students to express an interest in learning the music.  Miss Tina had a copy of the piano music in the studio because another student is also working on it.

At piano, S10 showed Miss Nelya her Frozen book and they worked a bit on Let It Go.  Then they worked on her regular repertory and technique books.

In my lesson, I played the B major scales, 2-octave scale, & arpeggios; then we worked on the Beethoven Variations piece.  I am polishing the theme and first two variations, which are technical, and working on bringing out the voices in the third variation.  We next worked on the Mozart Fantasy.  The allegretto section is still giving me some trouble.  I also need to work on rhythm throughout.

We discussed hosting a private recital for me and the girls, plus their friend A, sometime this spring at our house.  Nelya is on board, so I just need to talk with Tina and A’s mother to see if they would be interested.

Music 4-22-14

Today we had our regular music lessons in Canfield.

At her violin lesson, O8 worked on the Chorus in Book 2 and also on Gavotte from Book 1.

At piano, S9 worked on her theory and technique books.  She also worked on a performance piece.  We are thinking of having a small recital sometime this spring so she can perform it.

I worked on B major scales/arpeggios and also the Beethoven Variations and Mozart Fantasy.