Category Archives: Group Piano Level 1 +

Information for and about group piano Level 1 and above.

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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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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Composers Card Game Featured by Ravinia

  A few years back my brother Daniel Sailor was approached by U.S. Games Systems to produce a game focusing on classical music composers, based on the historically popular Authors card game, played by many children through the 20th century … Continue reading

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One of the things I love most about summer is introducing teachers to the creative and far reaching ideas included in the Robert Pace materials, and the fun of working together, sharing ideas. Narjes Soliman, director of  DaffodilMusicStudio.com  and Charapin … Continue reading

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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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Teaching Piano Music Theory Concepts Using Frere Jacques

A preview of Julie Lovison’s seminar which introduces essential music theory concepts using only the melody “Frere Jacques” (Brother John). Using this simple tune makes seemingly complex concepts accessible to piano students at any level of learning, helping them to understand the framework of music which ultimately makes learning easier. Continue reading

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