The Annual Cape Ann Piano Studio Recital was a great success, all the students did a wonderful job.
Here they are holding the sign, where you can see that all together, they practiced over 10,000 minutes (earning 2 cents a minute from sponsors and matching donors) to continue to foster our 10 orphaned elephants through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust! They actually raised more than $620, a whopping $730! So proud of all of them.
Cape Ann Piano Studio Annual Recital, June 2016
And here’s a video of that little guy in the front playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Fancy Version! After The Lion Sleeps Tonight, of course. 😉
One of our elephants:
Dupotto, the little one in front.
My young piano students will be performing in their annual spring recital on Saturday, June 11, from 4–5 pm at the First Universalist Church of Essex.
It’s free and open to the public, all are welcome to attend! The church is also handicapped accessible. We have a reception afterward downstairs, all are welcome there, too.
Students will be playing almost all contemporary composers’ pieces and songs, as well as arrangements of Mozart and C.P.E. Bach.
Come take and break, and put a smile on your face watching kids share their joy playing piano for all of us! 🙂
Performance from last year:
Cape Ann Piano Studio Annual Spring Recital
June 11, 2016, 4–5 pm
First Universalist Church of Essex
57 Main Street
Essex, MA 01929
Performance from last year’s recital:
For more info, click here, or call 978-491-1658.
The Practice for the Elephants Contest has ended and my piano students have done a great job, practicing during the month of May, with lots of minutes of practicing to raise money to continue to foster our 10 elephant orphans—orphaned because of illegal poaching for their parents’ ivory tusks.
We still need two more matching donors for two of the students:
Keep reading to find out how you can become a matching donor!
Please see below to find out about our charity.
About the contest:
Students earn two cents for every minute practiced over the course of 4 weeks. At the end, we total up the minutes to figure out how much each student has raised. Students’ sponsors can be parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, close friends of the family.
Students also have matching donors: paired with one of my students, you’ll match what that student earned practicing, most kids earn between $10–20.
So far we have matching donors for all but 2 students. Can you match what they earn? The kids are so excited that their contribution will be doubled! Our goal is to raise enough to continue to foster our 10 baby elephants. (It’s $50 a year per elephant baby.)
If you’d like to be a matching donor for a great cause, please contact me and I will pair you up with a student!
Meet One of Our Elephants
The story of one of our baby elephants, Kauro.
Why Pianos and Elephants?
As pianists we are very aware of the history of using ivory for piano keys and that the manufacture of pianos once contributed to the trade in ivory. But today, piano technicians use polymers and mixtures of plastics to create the look and feel of ivory for our piano keys, bypassing entirely the illegal trade in ivory elephant tusks.
Where Our Donations Go
The donations collected go to sponsor abandoned baby elephant cubs whose mother or father was killed from illegal poaching of ivory in Africa. The orphaned baby elephants are raised and kept safe for later release by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya where it operates the Tsavo East National Park.
Click here for more details on the contest and on the Foundation.
Please also visit the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website.
You can also follow the Trust on Facebook.
Here’s another website, iworry.org, where you can take action toward ending the ivory trade.
This wonderful and amazing contest was created by fellow piano instructor, Penny Lazarus.
OMG! On Google right now, Clara Rockmore playing the theremin! How totally cool. Check it out!
Wanna know more about the theremin? Go to my previous post and read all about it.
Leon Theremin, inventor of the theremin playing one of the first models that he built.
This is an article about a study done at the University of Austin to learn more about specific practice habits of piano majors—who were the best players and most effective learners. Really cool.
Granted this is a study with collegiate piano majors, but I think these findings are good tips for all of us, young and old alike!
Check out the top 8 strategies that led to the most success. (I also like the part about instilling kids with some sort of a work ethic that comes in handy in the future. Totally true.)
What I especially find interesting is the part about how many times the participants played the passage incorrectly: “the more times they played it incorrectly, the worse their ranking tended to be.”
“The researchers note that the most striking difference between the top three pianists and the rest, was how they handled mistakes.”
Great quote at the end of the article:
“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
—George Bernard Shaw
And this one is one of my favorites, I think about it a lot:
“Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”
—Ludwig van Beethoven
8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently (from http://www.creativitypost.com)