JOYFUL SOUNDS STUDIO - PIANO, GUITAR AND FLUTE LESSONS

NOVEMBER 2018 
JOYFUL SOUNDS PIANO STUDIO 
NEWSLETTER

THE STUDIO

WILL BE CLOSED

NOVEMBER 20-23 

AND

DECEMBER 20-26

AND JAN. 1

(there will be lessons Nov. 19th)

 

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CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

This year the studio is going to participate in 3 concerts.

In the past, conditions of pianos have prevented us from going to some places, but the  studio now has a digital piano that will be used at some locations that don’t have tuned pianos.

There are still a few time slots left for playing at the concerts so:

Students are encouraged to play at more than one concert if interested. Your reward will be an extra 5 Beethoven Bucks  and the privilege of bringing music to our community.

DECEMBER 8 AT THE NAZARENE CHURCH.

4:00 P.M.

DECEMBER 8 AT THE GRANDE RONDE RETIREMENT RESIDENCE

6:30 P.M.

DECEMBER 15 AT THE WILDFLOWER LODGE

 6:30 P.M.

Other family members are also encouraged to play (even if they don’t take lessons from    Joyful Sounds). They will need to schedule a time to play for me at least a couple of weeks before the concert.

 

 

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 BRINGING PEACE TO THE HOME PRACTICE WORLD

Mistakes are Okay We promise!  It’s our job as piano teachers to sort out the mistakes in lesson time. Your job at home is to be the support – to remind them to spend time on the piano, congratulate them on their efforts, revel in the joy that is your child creating music, and show that you value music in your home.  Avoid the following statements and watch peace fall over your home immediately:  ”Is that right?  I don’t think that’s right.”… “That’s not how it’s supposed to sound.”… “Are you watching your music?”… “Your sister played that piece and it didn’t sound like that.” … “Wrong note!”… “Try it again.” etc.  Your child will get their back up immediately and the practice wars are sure to ensue.

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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.

 

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NOVEMBER FUN ACTIVITY

Starting October 29th, we will be “decorating” the studio for Thanksgiving with pumpkin paper 

ornaments—each student that practices their minutes gets to put an ornament on the wall. Students

in Roadtrip need to practice at least 75 minutes a week and Students in Kickoff and Prelude need

 to practice 100 minutes a week, Students in Movement 1, 110 minutes a week, others 120 minutes a 

week for  Movement 2 and up. Want to get 2 ornaments to put up? Just double your minutes. 

Students with the most pumpkin ornaments will receive 5 Beethoven Bucks. Minutes are counted for 

theory time, power pages, and any piano playing.

 

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THE HISTORY OF THE PIANO

One of the best sources of income 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 details.”

   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. 

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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.”

 

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PRACTICE DURING COMMERCIALS? JUST AN IDEA

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.