Watching Music

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about all the great live music that had heard recently and how its so fun to hear live music.   Going to live music performances is always better than hearing a recording, but particularly for a symphony!  On Saturday night, I got to hear Daniil Trifonov, the winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, perform with the Signature Symphony.

It was an all Tchaikovsky program:  The Overture from Romeo and Juliet, Piano Concerto No. 1 and The Fifth Symphony.

Here’s a little bit of the Piano Concerto, performed by Lang Lang.  There are so many great moments in this piece!

Its pretty awesome seeing a stage full of musicians working together to create beautiful, complex music.  I especially love watching the strings.  The visual effect of the their bows moving in unison adds a whole new dimension to the music.  You can actually see them feeling and breathing the music together.

And of course, seeing a super talented soloist perform is always a treat!  His performance was strong and impressive for a 20 year old (!) pianist.

Recreational Music Making Open House – October 9

Do you know an adult who’s always wanted to play piano?  Invite them to stop by an Open House to learn more about a Recreational Music Making program for adult beginners!  Oh, and there will be snacks and prizes too!  🙂

 

 

Date:  Sunday, October 9

Time:  7-8PM

Place:  Megan’s Piano Lessons

RSVP:  To Megan for directions

918-636-2508 or megan at meganspianolessons dot com

 

Learn more about Recreational Music Making:

What is RMM?

Meet An RMM Student:  Brenda

Meet An RMM Student:  Roger

Meet An RMM Student:  Karen

Music, Live

Last spring I was having a discussion with one of my adult students about listening to live music.  He was telling me how much he loves listening to live music because you get the visual of seeing the performers with their instruments and seeing a real person responding to the music.  I must say, I agree with him.  It’s nice to have the convenience of recordings, but they really can’t replace the beauty of live music.

Last weekend was full of live music for me!  It was so wonderful to get to experience music with the actual performers.  Here are the highlights:

-On Friday I visited the beautiful new performing arts center on the campus of my alma mater.  They were celebrating its completion with a series of concerts.  I went the concert featuring student and alumni pianists.  It was the debut performance of their 2 brand new Steinways.  It was fun for me to hear several pieces I had never heard before.  A highlight was the final piece performed on 2 pianos, The Serpents Kiss, A Rag Fantasy by William Bolcom.  The pianists were stomping their feet, knocking on the piano and clicking their tongues.  This was definitely a fun piece to see performed live!

-On Saturday, I spent the morning and afternoon with TAMTA piano teachers.  Jane Magrath from OU came to do a workshop for us.  She played portions of almost 100 different intermediate piano pieces.  She plays very expressively and gave a lot of great teaching tips to help students play more musically.

-Later that evening, I was at a potluck at friend’s house.  My new friend, Dianna Burrup, brought her guitar and sang us a couple of her original songs.  I was so impressed with Dianna’s awesome voice!  You could really tell that she was feeling every word that she sang.

-On Sunday, I returned to TU to see Vintage Wildflowers.  I was so happy to finally see my friend, Dana, perform on her harp with her band.  Their music is so lively and fun!  It was fascinating to watch the 3 musicians communicate together with their music.

-Finally on Monday, I attended a monthly musicale.  There were 5 different groups performing all different types of music.  I particularly enjoyed Appasionata Duo, which is a harp and viola duo.  They played some beautiful arrangements of Elton John and Beetles tunes.  The grand finale was a performance by The Claptet, a body percussion group.  They were incredible!  Check out their YouTube videos.  It was definitely a treat to hear them live – the complex rhythms working together are so energizing!

Whew!  A lot of music in a weekend!  Hearing so much well-performed live music has left me inspired and energized!  If you haven’t made a point to listen to live music lately, I encourage you to find some.  Nothing compares!

Peek Inside My Studio

For my first several weeks in Tulsa, I had only been teaching Skype lessons, but last week marked the launch of Megan’s Piano Lessons:  Tulsa Edition.  I had my first in-person student come to my new studio.  I’m really excited about my new studio.  It has everything I need!

I thought I’d share some pictures so you can visualize Megan’s Piano Lessons.  🙂  The walls are still bare and there are a few other details to tend to, but hopefully these photos will give a good idea of the layout.

This is what you see when you enter the studio:

And this is to the left:

Here’s a view from the back door:

And from the back corner of the room:

And here’s your seat 🙂

Meet an RMM Student: Karen

This post is part of a series of interviews of RMM (Recreational Music Making) students.  Karen began learning piano using the RMM approach in January 2010.

What made you decide to start taking piano at this point in your life?
I love music and I’ve always wanted to play the piano, but never found the time to learn. After watching my 8 year old niece play the piano during a Christmas visit, I knew it was time for me to start learning, no matter how long it took.

How did you feel before you began?
Very nervous and anxious to learn.

What has surprised you about learning piano?
It was easier to learn than I thought.

What is the best part about learning piano?
Being able to actually play all the songs in my book and realizing my dream had come true.

What is the hardest part about learning piano?
Getting rid of my fears and apprehensions I had of being too old to learn.

How has music made your life better?
I love listening to music and now being able to play music gives me the time to relax and enjoy it to the fullest. Also, being able to play the piano with my niece this year was a very proud and rewarding moment for me.

 

Want to meet other RMM students?

Meet Brenda

Meet Roger

Piano Lesson Sale!

Have you been thinking about signing up for piano lessons?  Well, here’s a little incentive for you!  🙂

“Like” Megan’s Piano Lessons on facebook and get 15% off of your first session of piano lessons.  If you decide to enroll more than one student from the same family, you’ll get 25% off you first session, for each student.

To get started, head over to the Megan’s Piano Lessons facebook page and click on the like button.  Then, fill out a registration form or contact me to get started with the enrollment process.

This offer is only good until Thursday, September 1!

Meet An RMM Student: Roger

This post is part of a series of interviews of RMM (Recreational Music Making) students.  Roger began learning piano using the RMM approach in February 2011.


What made you decide to start taking piano at this point in your life?
I wanted to prove to myself that I can do new things to stay vital in my semi-retirement.

How did you feel before you began?
Curious.

What has surprised you about learning piano?
How it just comes if you stay with it.

What is the best part about learning piano?
It’s fun.

What is the hardest part about learning piano?
Making myself practice every day.  Sometimes – but not often – it feels like a chore.

How has music made your life better?
To not just listen to music but to make music has opened up a whole new dimension in life.

 

Want to meet another RMM student?

Meet Brenda

Music Makes Life Better: Friends

One of the best benefits of playing music is the friends you meet!  I’m always surrounded by interesting and fun people in groups like the Monday Night Jam, music teacher’s associations, church choirs, music classes and many other musical activities.

One of my favorite music friends is Laura!

I met Laura during my graduate piano program at WSU.  We never had any classes together, but we quickly became good friends.  We played together in the Monday Night Jam, we taught piano classes together for a year to elementary school kids and we’ve played and performed tons of piano duets together.

Laura came to Tulsa for a visit last week, and it was only natural that we spent our time together sight reading piano duets.  It never seems to get old!  Here’s a little peek into our sight-reading fun:

First up is an arrangement of All Creatures of Our God and King by Philip Keveren.

Next is Norwegian Dance by Grieg, arranged by Weekley and Arganbright.

 

Always wanted to play piano?

Good news!  Megan’s Piano Lessons is now enrolling!  Fall lessons will begin September 5, 2011.  There are programs available for students of all ages – Kindergarten – Adult.

Check out the “Learn Piano” tab above for more information.   You’ll find information for adults, teen beginners, K-12 students and long distance students.

Click here to register.

Learning piano is fun and rewarding!  I hope you’ll join me!