The Genius of Bernard Herrmann

This morning I worked on picking out Halloween music for the kids to play.

While going through score excerpts of Psycho by the brilliant film composer Bernard Herrmann—don’t worry, I don’t tell the kids to watch the movie to appreciate the awesome scary music they can play from it!—I came across this piano solo arrangement of “Scene d’Amour” from Vertigo, also of course by Herrmann.
Yes, I downloaded it immediately!

See below this video for videos of the major themes from Psycho, all absolutely astounding. Happy I found some decent easy versions of them for piano for the kids to play. (Click here for more about Bernard Herrmann.)
And, just an aside: of course it’s difficult to make music written for strings sound at all right on piano (Psycho score is for string orchestra) but these are so luscious who can resist?

Themes from the movie that I found for piano (on

The Cellar (absolutely the creepiest):

My personal fav—
The City

This was not on unfortunately:
Most beautiful, wish this had been there, if anyone has piano score, I’d love it (I do have an excerpt of it here in a book on film music):


Full playlist here:




My Students Playing at Shalin Liu this Sunday

Four of my students will be performing this Sunday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, as part of the North Shore Piano Teachers’ Guild Shalin Liu Piano Recitals.
Piano students from around the North Shore will be performing in three separate recitals; my students will be performing in the 2:30 pm recital, playing pieces by composers Dmitry Kabalevsky and Aram Khachaturian, and contemporary composers Catherine Rollin and Martha Mier.

North Shore Piano Teachers’ Guild Shalin Liu Piano Recitals
Sunday, April 3, 2016, Miss Julie’s piano students perform in the 2:30 pm recital (approximately 1 hour)
Recital is free of charge, handicapped accessible.

Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport, MA 01966

Please visit for info regarding directions and parking; if you’re coming, allow extra time for parking!

The Shalin Liu (the recitals will be during the day though) at night, what a view!
The Shalin Liu at night, what a view!

Election Day Sign-Up Special for Residents of Cape Ann!

Sign up now for the Winter Quarter (12-week quarter begins Monday, Dec. 10th) and get 25% off your Winter Quarter tuition payment! Must sign up by close of polls tomorrow to get the discount, and mention that you saw this ad on  This offer is for new students only! Discount is off of full payment only.

Cape Ann Piano Studio, Gloucester, MA.
Halloween Piano Party, Pleasant St Music Studio and Cape Ann Piano Studio, Oct. 28, 2012

Pictures from the Halloween Piano Party!

Great party, kids! All of my students and all of Ms. Alex’s students did such a wonderful job, and your costumes were awesome!


Halloween Piano Party, Sunday, October 28th

Hi Parents!

We (Ms. Alex, fellow piano teacher, and myself) are having a Halloween Piano Party for our students!
The kids can get dressed up in their costumes (a trial run for the big day!!) and play their Halloween songs for you and for each other. We’ll have a game after, and some treats (Halloween cupcakes = my fav!). If there are duet parts, feel free to play them along with your children (or I will if you’re not ready.) 😉

Party Details:

Where: 74 Pleasant Street (Pleasant Street Music Studio), Manchester.
(Exit 15 to Manchester, first right. #74 on left. Park on right side of street.)

When: Sunday, October 28, 1–2 pm.

What to Bring: Your kids in their costumes with their Halloween songs!

Please RSVP as soon as you can via email, phone, text, or at the next lesson! Thanks.