Look, Sound, and Feel like a Professional Pianist

Performing your best even with butterflies in your stomach 

The Spring season is often also performance season! Here at the Eugene Piano Academy we have students participating in Masterclass, Syllabus, and at our very own Student Recital coming up in May! Whether you are a first time performer or more seasoned, here is a neat article with tips on how to approach the task of preparing and performing at a public event like a pro! We are so proud how much work all our students are putting to prepare for their performances! Everyone enjoy!!

https://melaniespanswick.com/2012/08/28/how-can-amateur-pianists-become-professional-in-their-approach-to-performing/

 

 

3 Things to tell your child   (or yourself) when they begin a musical instrument

The nitty gritties of music in 3 points

Spring term at the Eugene Piano Academy has just started! For those of us beginning the journey of music education, here are a few things for parents and new students to keep in mind when starting a new instrument. This is also a great reminder for current students too! Click on the link below for a wonderful article and some encouraging words.

“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success”

-Napoleon Hill

http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/03/10/3-things-parents-must-tell-their-children-when-they-begin-a-musical-instrument/#comment-6982

 

 

Classes with a Master

What to expect, what you will learn, and is it worth my time

Christopher O’Riley with pre-college students from the 2016 Lamont Summer Academy at the University of Denver.
Photo Credit: Rachel J. Shaffer
Source from: http://majoringinmusic.com/music-master-classes/

        You may have heard from your instructor or read in our newsletter about an upcoming masterclass at the Eugene Piano Academy. We are very lucky to have Dr. Claire Wachter and her graduate piano pedagogy students to be our master teachers for our upcoming class. Many of us probably are unaware what a masterclass is like and we assure you that your instructor probably has attended and even performed in many masterclasses. To make it simple, a masterclass is a public lesson. There are many benefits in participating and attending masterclasses. Are you performing or is your child performing in the October masterclass? Are you on the fence about attending the class? Here is a wonderful article to prepare yourself or your child for our first masterclass!

https://majoringinmusic.com/music-master-classes/

Lifelong Learning

Is it too late for me to learn an instrument?

         Ever heard of a saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Well, that’s a bunch of baloney!! The best way to keep the mind young is to keep it active! Here at the academy we encourage lifelong learning so why not exercise your brain by making music! There has been many wonderful studies showing how active our minds are when we listen to music, but even more so when we play music. It truly is never too late to pick up a new instrument. With some patience and practice, along with the willingness to fail first before you succeed, you too can become a great musician. Here at the Eugene Piano Academy we offer classes of all ages which includes beginning classes for Adults! Whether you are new or looking for a reason to revisit the piano, now is a great time to start making music again!

Here are two wonderful articles about later beginners that decided to return to the piano:

 (1) https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98754560

 (2)http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/piano/features/alistair-mcgowan-piano-advice/?Fsdfdfsdfs

 

Ready for the Fall?

Time to return to classes and lessons, but took all summer off? Check out this article to reinvigorate your child's inspiration and motivation for music!

http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/08/18/how-parents-can-reboot-their-childs-interest-in-playing-a-musical-instrument-after-taking-summer-off/