Wisdom for Your Wednesday

Wisdom for Your Wednesday:

“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” ~ Samuel Johnson

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Week 30, Registration and Recital!

Happy Monday, Everyone! Today we begin Week 30 of our 34 weeks of lessons. For those of you re-registering for the fall, just a quick reminder that this week marks the deadline. Please have your registration forms and fees in by THURSDAY, MAY 1st, if you are intending to return next year. 🙂 If I do not receive your re-registration by this date, I will assume you are not returning next year and begin to contact those on the waiting list regarding availability for next year.

Also, a quick reminder that our Spring Recital is less than two weeks away! Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 6:30pm in the main auditorium of First Church of the Nazarene, 14320 94 street. Just 12 more practice days to squeeze in before it’s here! 😉

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Wisdom for Your Wednesday

This week’s Wisdom for Your Wednesday marks my 100th blog post! And what better way to commemorate this landmark than with a little tidbit of wisdom from one of my own students! It sure does a piano teacher’s heart good to find out that their student feels this way about their music. What better words of wisdom could you ask for? 🙂 So proud to count Brayden among my students, his enthusiasm and dedication make him a joy to teach.

“When the going gets tough, play the piano!”
-Brayden Shopland an original

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Easter Week Master Classes and Year End Glance

It looks like Spring will finally be arriving this week (at least according to the weather forecast)…and so will Easter! Just a quick reminder that there will be NO regular lessons NEXT week, April 21-24. Instead we will be having special ALL STUDIO master classes. This will give us a chance to prepare our large group rhythm ensemble for the recital (which is quickly approaching!) as well as some pre-recital performance opportunities and other rhythm development fun!

For those of you who will be working on Challenge Number 2 (Almost Famous) this week of the Rock Star challenge and having trouble gathering enough of an audience at your home for your challenge, next week’s master classes will provide this opportunity! Just remember to rehearse your pieces (it says three pieces, but for this challenge you can do just two if necessary) three times on the day you perform it at the master class! Be sure the piece you are going to play for recital is part of that gig set (you can keep which piece is the actual recital piece a secret from the other students, but it should be one of them! 😉 ) We have just under 4 weeks left to practice for our Spring Recital on May 9th at 6:30pm! It will be here before we know it!!!

Here are the class times you may sign up for:

TUESDAY, APRIL 22
6-7pm

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
5-6pm

THURSDAY, APRIL 24
4:30-5:30pm

With master classes there is a larger volume of traffic coming and going. If you are walking your student in and out of the lesson, please try and park outside the cul de sac on the main part of Clareview road to allow any residents coming home from work the ability to get in to their driveways or parking spaces! We want to keep the neighbors happy. 🙂 THANK YOU!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to get over to the schedule and calendar page. Here is just a glance at the calendar for the remainder of the year:

Week 28 Apr 14-17 regular lesson schedule
Week 29 Apr 21-25 ALL STUDIO MASTERCLASSES; no regular lessons
Week 30 Apr 28-May 2 regular lesson schedule
Week 31 May 5-8 regular lessons *SPRING RECITAL, MAY 9, 2014 6:30pm*
Week 32 May 12-15 regular lesson schedule
Week 33 May 20-26 regular lesson schedule
NO LESSONS May 27-June 2, STUDIO CLOSED!
Week 34 June 3-9 regular lesson schedule
Rock Stars of Practice Wrap Up Master Classes June 10-12

Video of the Month ~ April 2014

I am very excited to share with you the April video of the month. One thing that makes this video of the month so very exciting is that it was filmed in Brazil in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro…one of the seven wonders of the world! The Piano Guys can now check off two of the seven wonders from their filming bucket list!

As breathtaking as the scenery is, the music is even more so….at least that’s my opinion. They have taken the beautiful theme, “Gabriel’s Oboe”, from the movie The Mission and fused it with the hymn, “How Great Thou Art”. They fuse together absolutely beautifully, both musically and thematically. I first saw the movie “The Mission” when I was an RA in university (do they still have those now or am I absolutely ancient?) and I was incredibly moved by both the music of the movie and it’s theme of laying down one’s life to save others. If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend. The movie was filmed at Iguazu Falls, and so is a good portion of this video.

Considering both the musical theme and scenery, I thought this would make a great April video of the month as Easter approaches. As you listen to this beautiful music, here is a little excerpt from The Piano Guys webpage regarding this video:

“As we played these pieces in front of the Christ Statue and Iguazu Falls we felt an overwhelming sense of wonder, peace, and joy.

This music video is not meant to exclude anyone that does not believe in God. We hope that it instead promotes spiritual feelings that can be felt by all – gratitude for a beautiful Earth, for life, and for joy.

A wise man once said, “If we thought of life as a gift, we might not demand nearly as much from it. And if we lived more graciously, giving of ourselves more freely to the well-being of others, many of our personal concerns would disappear, and life would become easier for all.”

We respect all beliefs and opinions, but we hope that in the comments everyone can set aside religious differences and instead focus on building each other up – through gratitude, inspiration, kindness and mutual respect.

Thank you so much for watching! We are grateful for you!”

Enjoy our April Video of the Month! (PS The Piano Guys are in Italy right now! Hmmmm, I wonder where they could be filming next??? 😉 Maybe the Colosseum??)