New adventures, clear mindedness and airplane middle seats.
Recently I have been re-inspired to learn several difficult piano pieces that I never completed earlier in my music career. This has become important to me, as they are pieces I have always wanted to complete, but not invested the time to do so.
One recent event that influenced this direction was meeting the composer Gabriel Musella. Having studied clarinet and french horn in highschool and college I wished I had known of his music then! After a wonderful conversation I’ve been inspired to listen to his music. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
Memory & Discipline
Musicians have long been shown to have a better working memory than non-musicians. The only other area of study that increases level of ability to quickly recall information, like a list of instructions, is language.
Science now says this may mean
The challenge I see with most young students is in one of two areas. First, it does require a good level of discipline to continue to advance past a certain point. I experienced this first hand in my own journey to learn piano. Around the age of twelve, I wanted to stop studying but my parents and teacher encouraged me to continue through these years. I am forever grateful for their encouragement and direction at this pivotal time. They recognized my skill and pushed me through this phase. I think what was important looking back is that I recognize this was a phase. Parents, you know your child best and whether this is
The second challenge is one of time. In our culture we are all so busy, it is hard to be disciplined, let alone have the time to be disciplined! Having too many extracurricular activities is not good for parents or students. Finding the level of
How to achieve discipline – and enjoy it!
Karate is not the only way to learn discipline. Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the most tangible ways, as your musical skills will only progress if you are willing to be
I often tell students that studying music is like climbing stairs… it might seem impossible at times, when the stairs are extremely steep and you feel like you’ll never reach the top… but then you find a landing and can rest and actually enjoy playing at that level… until you want to continue to advance and push yourself to play more and more difficult music.
The Most Challenging Song Ever
Have you ever challenged yourself? Challenged yourself so much you expected to fail? Through these experiences, you can surprise yourself. One of my piano students has been working on an awesome song from “The Greatest Showman”. Over the past several months she has continued to work methodically, measure by measure, to accomplish this piece.
And she is almost there. By breaking this song down into bite-sized pieces, she has almost accomplished what she thought she never could…
… I knew she could!
This is just one of many great moments in teaching music!
More about the Studio
I’ve been teaching music since I was 16. Music is my “first love” and I enjoy sharing this passion with others!
Amy is an amazing musician. Her creativity shines through her work, making each music selection fit perfectly for the appropriate occasion. I have recommended her to many of my colleagues, as she is the highest-quality musician I know. Contact her – you won’t be disappointed!Alyssa Ideboen, 2013
Music curriculum selections include: Classical, Broadway, Pop, Country, Christian, and more.
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