Sunday, March 23, 2014

New Books for Everyone!

Many students started in new music books after March Break. One student made a leap from primary books to graded books in the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum. Other students received new books from the Northern Lights series (Canadian National Conservatory of Music). It is such an exciting thing to receive fresh new music, and it gives a nice little boost at this time of year when the spring weather is taking so long to appear.

And kids aren't the only ones who get excited about new music. One of my adult students made a recent trip to New York and visited The Juilliard Store in Manhattan. She said it was an amazing store with an incredible selection of music, and happily added a few titles to her own collection. And look what she brought back for me!

It's a Henle Urtext edition of Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words-- a beautiful book to add to my collection. I love reading through new music and sight reading is so important. And I hope everyone's having fun with their new books at home. If there is anything in particular you want to learn, just let me know! 

This video shows a student who just started in Northern Light Preparatory 'A' playing Pizza Toppings by Debra Wanless.  Each section of the piece is a different topping: Pepperoni, Anchovies, Tomato Sauce, Hot Peppers and Double Cheese. Notice the Tomato Sauce glissandos (Thick and Smooth) that he worked so hard on. It's difficult for smaller hands to do glissandos but he was determined to get it right. Way to go Dylan! Hopefully by the next post we will have some spring-like weather to celebrate.
~ Jennifer

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