Monday, September 12, 2016

Piano Survivor! Lang Lang vs. Perahia

For our monthly listening challenges this year, we are going to play a fun game! I will be pitting two famous concert pianists against each other (virtually, of course), and you get to decide who becomes this year's


Each month I will post two videos of famous pianists playing some of the greatest pieces written for piano. You will be asked to listen to both performances and then vote on which performance you like the best! Remember to focus on the sounds you hear and not the quality of the video, the appearance of the performers, or anything else that might distract you from the music itself. You can either cast your vote at your lesson sometime this month or leave a comment below with your initials.

This month we're pitting Lang Lang and Murray Perahia head to head in a throw down playing Chopin's Etude Opus 25 No. 1, sometimes called the "Aeolian Harp" etude. Even though these two amazing pianists are playing the same piece, you will hear the music interpreted very differently!

In the red corner, please welcome Lang Lang! Lang Lang is a Chinese concert pianist whose appearances include the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, concerts at the White House, and sold out shows all over the world. Fun fact: Lang Lang is only 34 years old!

And in the blue corner, please welcome Murray Perahia! Mr. Perahia is an American conductor and pianist who has made many well regarded recordings. This video was recorded at a concert in 2014.

Who do you think deserves to advance to next month's challenge? Why? The voting begins NOW!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome to a New Year!

I can't believe we are about to start another year of piano lessons! Summer has flown by, but I am ready to get back in the trenches, and I hope you are ready for some amazing music making at home! Weekly lessons will resume on September 12, 2016.

A few friendly reminders for piano parents:

1) Please take a moment to review the current studio policy, calendar, and fee schedule that I will be distributing via email. These documents are also available on the studio web site here.

2) Please make sure your student is equipped with all their lesson materials, binder, notebook, and any homework sheets I have assigned each week.

3) Please look here on the blog throughout the year for listening assignments and other fun challenges! These are an important part of your student's lesson experience.

4) Be sure to cheer on the accomplishments of your fellow students on our studio's YouTube channel! Click here to subscribe!

Thank you so much for your continued support. I am excited to see the growth this year will bring!