NOVEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
JOYFUL SOUNDS PIANO STUDIO CONTACT INFO. & SERVICES
Address: 1302 Walnut St. La Grande OR 97850
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Piano Lessons for ages 4 and up - Joyce Hoke (piano teacher) 541-910-3992
2. Piano Tuning and Repair/Refurbishing - Loyd Hoke (tuner/technician) 541-910-8075
3. Pianos and piano accessories, piano cleaning products for Sale
WHAT ARE PIANO LESSONS FOR?
Piano lessons are for exercising your body, your mind and
your emotions all at the same time.
It has been proved that playing the piano will raise your IQ
by around 7 points for as long as you play the instrument
(you’ll lose those points if you stop playing for
months/years), and the reason for this is that nothing else
in this world involves so much of your brain at the same
time as playing a musical instrument. We didn’t know this
in the past, but we now know which parts of the brain are
at work when a musician is playing an instrument and,
while in many activities in life there is a specific part of the
brain that processes that activity, the WHOLE brain is
involved in music. In short, the brain is
musical – all of it. And when you play an instrument you are using that whole brain.
And finally, piano Lessons are for joy.
TIME TO RECORD
Again this year, the studio will be making CD’s. All students get the chance to record
6 songs which will be put on a CD. Students, be thinking of 6 songs that you want to
record and practice, practice, practice. We will be recording during the month of
November so have 1-2 songs ready every week. Students that are doing the Christmas
Concert may want to record those songs as well. Adult students are welcome to
record 6 songs of their choice as well. The CD’s will be created and will be given to
the students the 2nd or 3rd week of December.
THE JOYFUL SOUNDS PIANOS & GALLERY STORE NOW HAS A
FACEBOOK PAGE—Like us at www.facebook.com/joyfulsoundsgallery
The store has refinished furniture, arts & crafts, pianos and more!!!!!
One of the best sources of income in the 1700’s & 1800”s for professional musicians
was teaching and most of these students were the daughters of wealthy and important parents.
Young ladies knew that if they were looking for a husband, they better be good at
riding, reading and music. The choice of musical instruments was the piano
because other instruments like the flute, violin and oboe were not lady-like enough.
Almost every living room had sofas, chairs, a sewing table, a round table for the
center of the room and a piano. The piano was very important and one reason, as
quoted by a Reverend Haweis stated, “the piano makes a girl sit upright and pay attention to
Since the piano was not all that attractive, decorating it became popular; from covering it with
material, using it as a shelf for pictures, flowers and ornaments and even covers for its legs.
Some piano builders made pianos in the form of a bookcase and even in the form of a sewing
machine. In 1866, American Charles Hess even had an idea for a bedroom piano with foldout mattress and drawers.
A piano performer was once very anxious about performing a piece. He told the conductor of the
orchestra that he was very nervous. The conductor told him, “Remember, no matter what
happens tonight, we’ll go out after the concert and have a nice dinner. It’s not like being
a pilot, when you make a mistake everyone dies.”
PRACTICE DURING COMMERCIALS????
Especially for young children—have the piano in a central place like the family room.
Then find out what kind of shows your child likes to watch on TV. During commercials
mute the TV and the child has to practice one song or exercise for the whole break. If they
complain or don't practice, TV time is over. This is a bit different, but a 30 minute show
has about 8 minutes of commercials, so in two hours they get 30 minutes give or take.
It also shows them that if you have time for TV you have time for piano.
DECEMBER 9 AT THE NAZARENE CHURCH.
(possibly a 2:00 P.M. if needed)
Refreshment time following each concert. Students and families please bring cookies, fruit or other snacks. We will not be using the kitchen so all snacks need to be “finger foods”.
Please fill out the
coupon page or send e-mail or text or phone message or facebook message
as soon as possible so I will know the time you would like.
(12-15 students per concert)
Recitals are not required but it is a fun way to share music with other piano students
and with the community and family and friends that you invite. Students pick 2-3 songs they love to play,
including duets with the teacher.
Christmas music now available!!!
CHRISTMAS MUSIC—There are several Christmas books in the studio. Most of these are actually songs to put into the binders (copied with unlimited license). However, you may purchase any of these books directly through PianoPronto.com and you can have a nice looking “actual book”. These are about $10 each. Below are the books I have (or copies for binders). Indicate your preference.
I also have a binder full of various Christmas songs that students can ask to see.
__FIRST CHRISTMAS SOLOS (Level: Roadtrip, Keyboard Kickoff)
__HOLIDAY CLASSICS (Level: Roadtrip, Keyboard Kickoff, Prelude, beginning Movement 1)
__CHRISTMAS FOR TWO (Level: Keyboard Kickoff, Prelude, Movement 1)
__EASY CHRISTMAS SOLOS (Level: Prelude, Movement 1)
__ CHRISTMAS SOLOS (Level: Movement 1, 2, 3)
__CHRISTMAS CLASSICS Volume 1(Level: Movement 4 and up)
__ I WILL PURCHASE MY OWN BOOK(S) THROUGH PIANO PRONTO
PIANO TUNING RECOMMENDATION
Hello to Joyful Sounds,
Loyd, thank you for your very fine work on my old piano. I have now had several days of enjoyable playing. It is sounding wonderful in cleaner and much better condition. With all that dust in it, it was a wonder that when I played before that I didn't create a dust cloud! Your studio and business are well-named in that the piano is playing much more "joyful sounds!"
Good Road, Elgin
LOYD IS A CERTIFIED PIANO TUNER/TECHNICIAN AND HAS 4 CERTIFICATES. REACH HIM AT 541-910-8075 FOR PIANO TUNING/REPAIR/CLEANING
PIANO LESSONS BY SKYPE
Do you know of people outside of La Grande that would like piano lessons? Joyful Sounds Piano Studio now offers lessons via the Internet—Skype—this is a free download—just go to skype.com and all you need is a webcam which most computers have. Call me for more information.
What Do You Do If Your Child Wants to Quit Piano Lessons?
Once in a while I hear about a child that wants to quit piano lessons. While this in one thing I DO NOT like to hear, it is a fact that does happen. However, quitting is not the answer. Here are some helpful hints from Premier Level 1A on what to do if this happens. Comments are followed by teachers input.
1. Expect plateaus in lessons when it appears that progress has stopped and the student seems to be stuck at that level. Children often want to quit during these periods. (let the child play more favorite songs during this time)
2. Provide encouragement and understanding during those times when students are having a difficult time with practice or lessons. (do not give the option of quitting but rather share times when you have had difficulty with projects and how you overcame them)
3. Always talk to the teacher when the child first wants to quit. Changes of pace in the lesson can often regenerate interest.(let the teacher know what has interested the child in the past and whether the child seems stressed from too much to accomplish or needs to be pushed a little more)
4. Explore activities to help motivate students. Attend music events in the community. For Premier book students explore the learning links in the theory book or for any student. Listen to arrangements of songs on youtube.com or research composers.
5. Computers can be beneficial in motivating the student, and are excellent tools for working on theory, composition, ear training, notating music and learning to perform with an accompaniment. (musiclearningcommunity.com. There are also websites that have fun music games that could google. Also use the CD that accompanies many of the books-you can play along or just listen and tap)
6. Duets can be motivating when played with a parent or friends, and can make piano practice a social experience, as well.
7. Competitions and auditions are important in setting and achieving goals for many students. Other students, who are not interested in competitions, may want to explore other areas such as improvisation or composition. (the studio has several competitions including contests and the Honor Roll as well as once a year goal setting)
OH NO-A NEW PIECE OF MUSIC
Ever had a new piece of music and when you opened it up you thought oh my goodness, I don't know if I can play THIS piece.
This article will help you deal with this problem. First of all, we need to get rid of the negative frame of mind. This means that you shouldn't be afraid of the piece or even think that it is too hard. You just have to understand the piece and how to deal with it, then you CAN play it. In other words we will change the words tricky, hard, and difficult to -no problem, got it and okay, I get it!
All pieces have easy bits even if they look hard at first and a lot of easy bits lead to being able to play the piece of music and even enjoy it!
1. Repeating section bonuses: That is when you learn a measure or a couple of measures and find that they are repeated elsewhere in the music a bonus you only have to learn it once, but you now know more measures or lines because of that.
2. Pattern Magic: You can also go through your piece and find scales, chords or other patterns. How about a series of chords or inversions that use the same fingering? There may be places where the notes move down or up in steps or skips find those patterns as well. You can even circle these patterns if you like. Patterns are great for making a piece easier to play.
3. Ive seen that before: Sometimes you can find sections in your new piece that remind you of pieces that you have already played (and learned!) If youve played it once, you can play it again!
4. Playing to my strengths: Every student will have particular technical challenges that they cope with particularly well it might be playing staccato, holding long notes, extended passages of piano, jumps or trills.
5. Nothing Much Happening: Some sections of the piece will look easy because they are easy. If there are eight consecutive bars with nothing but whole notes, you can add that to your list of Reasons This Piece is Not So Tough After All.
Here is the exciting thing though.
By the time you have gone through and highlighted each instance of each of these elements, there really will not be much of the piece that is not touched by at least one of them. Your pencil marks highlighting Easy Bits will be everywhere, and you now have reasons for regarding just about every measure in the piece as being easy to learn in some way.
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT YOUR CHILD IN PIANO LESSONS?
Show interest in music in everyday life
Take your child to extra-curricular musical events such as recitals, concerts and musicals
Play music in the home using videos and recordings
Listen to music on TV and radio
Get a good instrument but not necessarily top-of-the-line. Students will not advance beyond the quality of their instruments. Have the piano tuned twice a year to keep it in best shape.
Encourage your child to form a group of friends with similar interests and goals in music.
Relate music study to other subjects and life in general
Encourage your child to sing, sight-read and experiment with the piano to foster creativity, improvisation and playing by ear.
Encourage your child to read books about music, use computer programs and websites related to music theory and fundamentals.
Encourage your child to experiment with the features of digital pianos and sequencers.
learning to play the piano has enriched the lives of our household"
-mother of a piano student