Posts Tagged "teaching kids"

Extracurricular Music at John Adams in Alexandria

»Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Concerts, Music Reflections | 0 comments

The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and John Adams Elementary School are launching a program of music education inspired by el Sistema, which has enriched the lives of thousands of children beginning in Venezuela and now, through private funding, in schools in dozens of cities throughout the United States. Last month, John Adams Elementary hosted a week-long workshop for local students to get a taste of the music program. For part of the final concert, the organizers brought in an older el Sistema-inspired student group from Baltimore, the OrchKids, who have been playing together for five years. Seeing the kids was amazing. Each group of student musicians had matching t-shirts, and they beat sticks together on overturned buckets creating different tones and...

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Once Upon A Time Shop – Musical

»Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Music Performances | 0 comments

Once Upon A Time Shop – Musical

I had the pleasure of performing with Bible Stories Theater of Alexandria, VA. The musical was Once Upon A Time Shop, and featured a handful of kids and a couple of adult roles. We performed at the Old Town Theater and my accompaniment was solo piano. The children portray orphans at a turn-of-the-century clock shop, run by Ms. Winifred Curmudgeon Рa stingy woman who is finding herself past her prime with nothing to show for it. The children discover that one of the clocks Рthe Grandfather Clock Рspeaks! He offers the children advice on how to deal with their difficulties and how to love Ms. Curmudgeon. By the end of the show (running time was about an hour), the kids have learned more about living and loving while Ms. Curmudgeon has let go of...

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Beginner Piano Lessons

»Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Music Reflections | 0 comments

Beginner Piano Lessons

I’ve been enjoying the new students I started teaching last month. This is the first time I’ve had brand new students with hardly any lesson experience, and they’re great! There’s one 8- or 9-year-old girl with tiny little hands. She often forgets to put all of her fingers on the keys, usually opting for just the first three while letting the last two dangle. Once she needs them, she pauses, then suddenly remembers to lift them up. Also, when learning chords, she has a hard time playing only fingers 1, 3, and 5. Her 2 & 4 are difficult to keep up, even though she’s knows what she wants to do. Rather than get frustrated, she just giggles at how weird the sensation is, then tries again and usually gets it. I give her space to...

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