Music Lessons On Wheels: Blog http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog en-us (C) Music Lessons On Wheels. All Rights Reserved. musiclessonsonwheels@gmail.com (Music Lessons On Wheels) Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:43:00 GMT Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:43:00 GMT Summer Practice Tips and Tricks http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2017/6/summer-practice-tips-and-tricks The sun is out, school is out, and chances are that piano book is going to magically disappear now that recitals are over.

 What do you do if you want your child to continue their musical education without taking lessons over the summer?

For all the kids who don't naturally gravitate toward the piano bench to practice on their own, we've compiled practice ideas for every week of the summer!

 

Week 1 - Remember that recital song? Have your child play it for you again. It should still be fresh in their mind and (hopefully) enjoyable to play. Once they've performed it for you, have them make up an alternative ending, or improvise in the middle.

Week 2- Most lesson books have a patriotic song or two in their pages, have your child find theirs and play it! Some suggestions would be: Yankee Doodle, Stars and Stripes Forever, The Star Spangled Banner, America The Beautiful, and Battle Hymn of the Republic. You can find free sheet music for most of these here, too.

Week 3 - Go back through the pages of the lesson book and have your child choose 3 of their favorite songs to play for you.

Week 4 - At this point practice might be getting tricky. Between summer camps, vacations, and all that running around outside, piano practice has likely taken a backseat. To get things back on track, ask your child to show you the first couple songs they ever learned, and then play them. They will be amazed at their progress!

Week 5 - Improvisation. Make up a song! There are several approaches to do this. For students who know what a C Major Scale is, ask them to create a song using only those notes. For younger students, have them make a song using only C, D, E or A, B, C. 

Week 6 - Play a musical game! There are many free online resources which are parent friendly that will help to review basic concepts such as rhythms and note reading. Here are some of our favorites!

Week 7 - Ask your child to find the last song they remember learning in their lesson book. If it's a struggle have them practice it for a week. If they can play it smoothly have them turn the page, and try the next song (which will be brand new!). 

Week 8 - Challenge time! See how many songs your child can still play from their book, or supplemental sheets from their folder. Make it a fun test with a reward at the end (ice cream, perhaps?).

 

We hope you've found these practice tips helpful! Feel free to leave a comment below!

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Celebrating Chopin's Birthday http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2016/2/celebrating-chopins-birthday Frederic Chopin was born on March 1st, 1810 in Poland. He began learning the piano at the early age of 6, composed his first piece of music at age 7, and was performing in public by the time he was 8.

He studied at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music for 3 years before moving to Vienna for additional instruction. He continued to perform for private audiences and in the parlors of the wealthy when he moved to Paris in 1831. He was a modest teacher who was embarrassed about taking money for lessons, so it is said he used to turn away while the tuition was left on the mantle. He was a fan of Bach, and believed that his students should take particular care to study his works.

Chopin became known for the emotion and expression is his music, and he had composed over 140 pieces for the piano before his death at the age of 39.

What lessons can students learn from Chopin’s music today?

Chopin led a life filled with emotion, something that is reflected in his songs. Teaching students to play with feeling can be challenging, especially if it’s a classical song they’ve never heard before. To start I have them learn and play a song they are familiar with (some of the ones I use are Happy Birthday, Take Me Out To the Ball Game, Over the Rainbow, Ode to Joy).

Once they get the idea that you can use dynamics (playing loudly or softly) to create excitement or any other emotion it is easy to transfer that practice to classical music. I like to use the Chopin arrangements from Bastien’s Favorite Classic Melodies (Primer Level) to first introduce this famous composer. They are simple, easy to read, and they can be played as a duet, too!

Until next time! Also, please feel free to download our arrangements of some of Chopin's well known pieces (below).

 

Chopin's Nocturne 1

Chopin's Nocturne 2b

Chopin's Prelude in E minor

Chopin's Raindrop Prelude

 

Sources:

http://www.biography.com/people/frederic-chopin-9247162

http://www.classicfm.com/composers/chopin/

 

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How To Fit in Extra Practice During School Breaks http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2016/2/how-to-fit-in-extra-practice-during-school-breaks Hello everyone!

The beautiful springtime weather we've had recently has reminded me of the challenge of fitting in extra piano practice when the kids go on break and the sun is shining.  Mid-Winter Break is right around the corner for us and while a lot of families will take advantage of this to get out of town, the ones who have a "staycation" should be able to practice more. Right?

Wrong!  Most teachers would agree that with the exception of those few dedicated students, most kids use the break from school to take a break from practice, too!  

Here are a couple of things I do right before a break, or a scheduled miss week:

1) Get the parents on board with a "holiday" practice schedule. Examples of what some of my families do are: extra electronics time, candy, or if the student practices every day a trip to the ice cream parlor. 

2) Give the student a fun calendar or print out for them to track their practice for the week.  

3) Bribe the student shamelessly.  What I mean by this is offer extra incentives if they hit their practice goals over the break.  Some examples of this are: a new pop song arrangement they've been wanting to learn, getting to choose from the office supply goodie box (I don't know if it's all students, but my kids love highlighters, pens, and the little white out mouses), or perhaps an extra sticker or two.

Do you have ways to get your students to practice more during school breaks? Please share them below!

 

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musiclessonsonwheels@gmail.com (Music Lessons On Wheels) piano practice tips http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2016/2/how-to-fit-in-extra-practice-during-school-breaks Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:15:00 GMT
Spring Recitals 2015 http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2015/4/spring-recitals-2015 Over the weekend we hosted the 2015 Spring Recital at the Good Shepherd Center. For all of those who attended, we thank you.

Below are the videos to the performances as well as links to the photo galleries. Images can be purchased through this website (they are printed through a professional grade lab and shipped to your door, we do not handle printing or shipping) if that is something you are interested in. We've restricted any downloading of the videos and images to keep them off of other websites.

We had 4 recitals that day. The first recital was short enough to keep as one video clip whereas recitals 2-4 are broken up into two parts. Each video has a list at the beginning which names each performer and the time that he or she performs. This makes it easier to quickly view your child's performance.

1st Recital - 10:15am Recital:

Click here to view images from the 1st Recital!

 

Below is the 2nd Recital videos - 11am Spring 2015 Recital 2, 11am Part 1

Click here to view images from the 2nd Recital!

 

Below is the 3rd Recital videos, 12pm:

 

Click here to view photos from the 3rd Recital!

Below are the videos to the 4th recital:

 

Click here to view photos from the 4th Spring Recital for 2015!

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated.

-Music Lessons On Wheels

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Winter Recital Sessions 2014 - 3rd Recital http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2014/2/winter-recital-sessions-2014---3rd-recital Hello!

First, a big thank you to all of the teachers, students and parents who were able to participate in this year's Winter Recitals, held on the 25th of January at the Good Shepherd Center.

The following video has been put together as a courtesy to parents. Preceding the video is a time indication for each student's performance.

A link to photographs of the recital follows the video.

 

Recital Performers

 

Start Lila V

1:40 Lily D

2:40 Paige D

4:29 Caroline J

5:28 Elsa P

6:41 Petra P

7:22 Verity W

7:57 Verity & Daisy W

8:21 Daisy W

8:58 Charlotte B

11:01 Heather T

12:16 June B

14:55 Ariana B

16:14 Luca K

 

Be sure to check out the still photography as well. Click here for images (opens in a new window).

Please note, an email was sent to parents with a password, which allows you to download the images and video of your child. If you have not received this please email us. All images and videos on this site cannot be downloaded without the password. Thank you!

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Winter Recital Sessions 2014 - 2nd Recital http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2014/2/winter-recital-sessions-2014---2nd-recital Hello!

First, a big thank you to all of the teachers, students and parents who were able to participate in this year's Winter Recitals, held on the 25th of January at the Good Shepherd Center.

The following videos have been put together as a courtesy to parents. Preceding the video is a time indication for each student's performance.

A link to photographs of the recital follows each video. 

2nd Recital Part 1

Performers

Start Alexis R

1:40 Hannah R

2:33 Alexis & Hannah R

3:12 Lindsey B

5:22 Andre D

8:19 Siddhant P

9:32 Olivia C

10:58 MacKenzie C

Be sure to check out the still photography as well. Click here for images (opens in a new window).

 

 

2nd Recital Part 2

Performers

Start Ellie P

1:35 Benjamin D

3:27 Daniel K

6:36 Sarah L

7:22 Delaney C

9:47 James C

 

Be sure to check out the still photography as well. Click here for images (opens in a new window).

Please note, an email was sent to parents with a password, which allows you to download the images and video of your child. If you have not received this please email us. All images and videos on this site cannot be downloaded without the password. Thank you!

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musiclessonsonwheels@gmail.com (Music Lessons On Wheels) fun pictures recitals videos winter http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2014/2/winter-recital-sessions-2014---2nd-recital Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:55:40 GMT
Winter Recital Sessions 2014 - 1st Recital http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2014/2/winter-recital-sessions-2014 Hello!

First, a big thank you to all of the teachers, students and parents who were able to participate in this year's Winter Recitals, held on the 25th of January at the Good Shepherd Center.

The following videos have been put together as a courtesy to parents. Preceding the video is a time indication for each student's performance.

A link to photographs of the recital follows each video. 

1st Recital Part 1

Performers

Start Amogh K

0:39 Sarah R

2:02 Keira W

3:41 Katie B

5:08 Alden M

6:25 Alastair G

8:06 Aidyn S

Be sure to check out the still photography as well. Click here for images (opens in a new window).

 

1st Recital Part 2

Performers

Start Max D

2:30 Zoe D

5:21 Thea D

8:45 Dani E

 

Be sure to check out the still photography as well. Click here for images (opens in a new window).

Please note, an email was sent to parents with a password, which allows you to download the images and video of your child. If you have not received this please email us. All images and videos on this site cannot be downloaded without the password. Thank you!

 

 

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Welcome to the new Website for MLOW! http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2013/2/welcome-to-the-new-website-for-mlow Hello and welcome to the new website for Music Lessons On Wheels!

Over the coming days and weeks we will be working on this website to integrate a scheduling and payment system as well as finalize many other pages currently in progress.

The blog will continuously run with different writings that cover tips concerning music lessons, practice, as well as covering other fun topics and subjects all related to music and education and anything we feel is relevant in our journey. 

Check back on the blog frequently and/or follow us over on Facebook.

Photo by Suyama Images

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musiclessonsonwheels@gmail.com (Music Lessons On Wheels) blog introduction new website http://www.musiclessonsonwheels.org/blog/2013/2/welcome-to-the-new-website-for-mlow Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:00:06 GMT