Live Streamed Piano Recitals at The Academy of Arts in Stockholm

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A new piano recital series has been launched in Stockholm this fall. The first recital, with pianist Peter Jablonski took place on September 15 and today, October 20 at 17.00 GMT it’s time for pianist Murray McLachlan to enter the stage.

The series is run by the organisation Piano Visions. One of the sponsors and collaborators is Piano Street, which will support the series in many interesting and exciting ways, for example by arranging an online piano composition competition from which the winning pieces will be performed in the series.

Piano Street is, in collaboration with Art of Sound in Stockholm, developing and supplying the artistic and technical platform for live streaming the recitals on the Internet. The first four recitals we be test streamed in order to work out the concept and to receive feedback.
We welcome you to watch the test broadcast of today’s recital with British pianist Murray McLachlan. (Read more…)

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Noriko Ogawa asks Beethoven to Leave her Alone

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Noriko Ogawa seems to be comfortable in the same pea pod as Claude Debussy; she displays a similar maverick streak to the French composer. They both lament the “rules” in roughly the same way. Debussy didn’t like the composition rules of his teachers at the Paris Conservatory, while Ogawa keeps away from what she sees as the restrictive, emotional tradition of European Romanticism.      

In this video Nogawa makes her point by discussing the different aspects of Debussy’s Prelude No. 12, Book 2, Feux D’Artifice (Fireworks). As she explains the sonic meaning behind separate motives and sound clusters that simulate everything from a lit fuse to “La Marseillaise” sounding faintly in the distance, she does reinforce the lack of emotional spirit in Debussy’s music in his quest to depict his subjects as accurately as possible.

Deconstructed: Noriko Ogawa – Debussy’s Feux D’Artifice (Fireworks)’
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Can YouTube really replace a teacher?

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I heard from the music school that a new student had signed up, so as usual, I called him to find out what level he was at, what he wanted, what his email was so I could send him a link to register with Music Teachers Helper.

It became clear soon into my phone call that this new student was hesitating  at the music school’s requirement that he sign up for 4 lessons to get started.

“I think I only want one or two to get started,” he said.

I told him that it was a good idea to give it a few lessons to get started and see how it worked, though of course if it didn’t seem a good fit, it was fine to drop out.

“I think really I only want one lesson,” he said.

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Important October 2014 Updates

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Below are some recent changes and other announcements we think you should know about.

New Features

Annual Pricing: pay once a year and save some cash – over the years, several Music Teacher’s Helper customers have asked for annual pricing. They want the convenience of not being billed every month. Today, we are excited to announce that annual pricing is available to all new and current users. You now have the option of monthly or annual billing.

Annual pricing is over 16% less than monthly. Or the equivalent of two months free per year. (Read more…)

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Integrated Learning

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One of the things that I love about teaching piano is the challenge of figuring out how to integrate every part of the student’s learning so that they understand concepts in a relevant way. One of the ways this can be done very effectively is through structured improvisation assignments.

If you’ve been a reader on Music Matters Blog for any length of time you know that I’m a huge fan of Pattern Play as the most effective approach I’ve found to truly teaching improvisation at the piano. But now that most of my students (and I!) have become more comfortable improvising, we create a variety of assignments from week to week that utilize improvising as a way to help students cement various musical concepts.

Right now Mercy is learning chord inversions as part of her Theory and Technique section in our C2 practice incentive theme, so this was the short piece she improv-ed using a c-minor chord and inversions:

It’s amazing how much more exciting and relevant the (Read more…)

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Getting Innovative with MTH, Part 3

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In a series of blogs called ‘Getting Innovative with MTH’, I am sharing some of my favourite workarounds.  My previous two posts were: creating a To Do List and keeping track of my Inventory.  These workarounds help me be even more efficient within Music Teacher’s Helper with a ‘One Stop’ approach for all my studio needs.


Monthly Calendar View: Week 3

Innovative Calendar of Events (combining all events in your life)

I really do love the flexibility of MTH and the powerful features within the Calendar for scheduling all my students.

I have now also created a way which works well for me to combine most, if not all, of the events in my life! Within the MTH Calendar for my student schedule, I am able to remember much more as I combine several calendar schedules together:

(1) for my personal appointments,

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A Major Mozart Discovery

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Four pages from Mozart’s original manuscript for the Piano Sonata in A major, K 331 (whose last movement is the well-known “Turkish March”) has been found in Budapest. Hungarian music expert Balazs Mikusi was looking through hundreds of pages of handwritten copies of sheet music from Mozart’s time, when he suddenly recognized Mozart’s unique handwriting.

The major discovery starts in minor

In modern times, only the last page of the original manuscript of the work has been known. But now, we also have access to a large section consisting of variation 3 (in A minor) from the first movement until bar 10 in the second movement’s Trio section.

There are many interesting new details to consider in terms of slurs, dynamics and even some occasional notes that differs from the first published edition.

- It won’t change our view on Mozart, and it doesn’t change the character of the music, but we get a lot better sense of what Mozart wanted to achieve, (Read more…)

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Teaching Sight-Reading: Part 3 – “The Rhythm of Life!”

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In a previous musical life, I worked as an organist for ballroom and latin dancers! Okay, you can settle down now! Stop laughing already! I know it wasn’t very rock ‘n’ roll but it did have its benefits…

On the whole, the dancing communities I encountered were lovely and it was a pleasure to supply a quickstep or a rumba for them to elegantly glide around the dance floor.

But there was just one or two, you know the kind! The ones that spend too much time each week in the tanning salon and their over the top outfits would make a drag queen blush! In the early days, I could swear there were moments when I thought they were going to drag me from the stage and lynch me!

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Fantastic new site for singers: Vocapedia!

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This month I’m going to use my blog format to do what it does best: simply to spread information.

This past week, I was at voice faculty meeting at my conservatoire in Canada and one of our teachers, who is also an active chairperson in our local chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, gave a short presentation on an exciting new educational NATS initiative:  “Vocapedia“, a website dedicated to the science and pedagogy of the singing voice.

Here is a quick overview, quoted from their site, of what they aim to do with the resource:

The mission of Vocapedia is to present educational resources relevant to:
the anatomic and physiologic basic of singing
the acoustics of the singing voice; the acoustical basis of resonance
the physical health of the vocal mechanism
the science of learning and mental processes involved in singing and teaching of singing
current and historical thought on pedagogical practice.

The intent is not to prescribe techniques, serv (Read more…)

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Do You Find Joy in What You Do?

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I suppose an easier way to phrase this question is, “Do you enjoy your job?” But the more I’ve thought about the question the way it’s phrased in the title, it’s proven to be very thought-provoking. You see, I’ve found from my own human nature, as well as talking to other people, that no matter what occupation we find ourselves in, it seems there’s always something we can complain about. And the nature of our complaints can range from feeling tired, to griping about unhappy clients, to not getting a big enough paycheck or wanting a raise, to systems not working properly, to an unreasonable amount of stress, to an uncomfortable inconvenience such as spilling water down the front of your shirt. Yes, all of these unfortunate circumstances could justify our complaining, but complaining does no one any real good. It exhausts those around you or feeds their own ungrateful spirit and causes a negative attitude to emerge. And letting a negative/ungrateful attitude take root clouds our ability (Read more…)

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Music Apps for Ear Training

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Doesn’t look like I’m discussing music apps for ear training? Please bear with me…

If I could, I would head to our local Lifetime Fitness Center everyday. A habit or a hobby–not sure which–I try to squeeze in a workout as much as possible. One of the main reasons is because I like to build muscle and keep the metabolism up so I can eat my husband’s scrumptious cooking. The other reason I workout? Because I’m addicted to step class (among other classes) thanks to an outstanding instructor named Heidi.


This is a resort-like fitness center one-stop-light-away from our house!

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Win 10 Years Of Music Teacher’s Helper Free!

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Music Teacher’s Helper turns 10 years old this year. You can read more about our company’s journey in this blog post. Over the next two weeks you can win some great giveaways with two different contests.

The Giveaways 
For each contest, three users will win one of the following:

  • 10 Years of Music Teacher’s Helper Free! (that’s not a typo)
  • 10 Quarters Free!
  • 10 Months Free! (Read more…)
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