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Reflections on MTNA Music Conference 2017 Baltimore

Julie gives a quick overview of the 2017 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conference in Baltimore. Continue reading

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Creative Summer Piano Groupings

Creative Summer Piano Groupings Summer scheduling at The Lake Shore Music Studio is a patchwork. The schedule changes week by week, with students weaving in and out according to their family’s vacations, camps and other special projects. Summer brings a … Continue reading

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Lang Lang at MTNA Conference Las Vegas 2015 | Julie Lovison The Lake Shore Music Studio

One musician who participated at the 2015 MTNA Conference in Las Vegas who has been doing a lot to introduce young people to the piano and hold their interest is Lang Lang.  His boyish charm and somewhat flamboyant style makes … Continue reading

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Visit with Sir James Galway at MTNA Las Vegas 2015

One of the fun aspects of attending a national conference is the opportunity to spend a few minutes with the musical celebrities who are participating. We enjoyed a wonderful concert by renowned flutist Sir James Galway who incidentally was exhibiting … Continue reading

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Our “Funny” Clock

“I can’t read that clock,” exclaims a seven year old students in dismay about our clock on the studio wall. “Why does it have letters instead of numbers?” They want to know. After they figure it out, it’s like being part of a secret club or breaking a mysterious code.

We love our “circle of fifths” clock. The circle of fifths helps us understand the basic structure of musical composition that has been in use in so called western music from the early 1700s through the present time.

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Ear Tunes

by Julie Lovison  Why is a big ear hanging on our wall in the studio?  This reproduction of Michaelangelo’s David’s Ear sculpture is a fun way to bring focus to a favorite activity at LSMS – finding “ear tunes.”   Ear … Continue reading

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Metronomes

by Julie Lovison Little kids love them, older students want to throw them against the wall and are sure they are conspiring against them.   Just what is a metronome?  Metronomes are devices that keep a steady beat.  The first metronome … Continue reading

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OUR “PIANO TEAMS”

by Julie Lovison  Soccer, basketball, baseball, chess, swim, track … our students have much familiarity with these teams.  Did you know your children are also members of a “piano team?”  We began this term with inviting students to think of … Continue reading

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Building Blocks of Success – Getting the Most out of Your Lessons

by Julie Lovison  Everyone loves to hear the polished pieces performed by students with confidence at the recitals.  This is an easy measure of what students have accomplished at the piano.  What is not as well known is the depth … Continue reading

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Autumn Reflections

 by Julie Lovison  A very happy surprise came to me Saturday in the form of last minute tickets to the Simon and Garfunkel concert at the United Center.   Hearing these beloved icons of my teenage years was a visceral reminder of … Continue reading

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