I’ll be playing at the Rockport Town Reunion this Saturday

Hey there!

I’ll be playing at the Rockport Town Reunion this Saturday, @ 12:30 pm. The event runs from noon to 9 pm, rain or shine, details are at their website. If you’re an ole Rockporter (like me), it’s at Evans Field, and I know for sure the beverage du jour will be Twin Lights. 😉

They’re also on Facebook, and there’s a very informative blog post on event over at GoodMorningGloucester.

Hope to see some of you there!

That's me playing the Rockport Acoustic Festival, back in 1991!
That’s me playing at the Rockport Acoustic Festival, back in 1991!

Practice for the Elephants Contest Begins April 8!

The Practice for the Elephants Contest starts again next week and runs for 6 weeks through May 23rd.

For my students new to piano this year:

Students practice and earn two cents for every minute practiced over the course of 6 weeks. At the end, we total up the funds we raise, and foster orphaned elephants, that is, we will continue to support the elephants we began to foster last year. If there are extra funds (it’s $50 a year for each elephant) we will foster another baby elephant. These elephants have been orphaned due to the illegal poaching of elephants for their ivory. The use of ivory for piano keys once contributed to the ivory trade. Of course, ivory is no longer used; polymers and mixtures of plastics are used instead for the key tops.

Printed handouts on the contest, as well as the practice sheets, are in the studio. Click here for the PDF with more details on contest, and and why we do it!

Here are our three adopted elephants, all doing well!, with updates:

Chemi Chemi: Keeper’s Diary update
Barsilinga: Keeper’s Diary update
Lominyek: There is no Keeper’s Diary update for Lominyek, as he is now, happily, living in the wild with other elephants in Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. Because he is, we will be transferring our donation to another younger orphan who needs us!

Click here for more information about the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This wonderful contest was created by fellow piano instructor, Penny Lazarus.

Want to sponsor a student? If you’re not a part of the studio, click here. If you are, let me know in the lessons and I’ll pair you up with a young student!

Barsilinga and Lemoyian playing in the puddle.
Barsilinga and Lemoyian playing in the puddle.
Chemi Chemi (left) playing with a friend.
Chemi Chemi (left) playing with a friend.
Lominyek with his keepers.
Lominyek with his keepers.

Cyber Monday Specials @ Cape Ann Piano Studio!

Give the Gift of Music!

  • Gift Certificates available for any number of lessons, either for 45- or 60-minute lessons.

  • Kids Only! Sign up for Winter Quarter with Julie Cleveland anytime this month and receive two lessons free!*

  • Adult Learners! Try out a piano lesson (30 minutes) for free then sign up for five 45-minute lessons and get one lesson free! (That’s 20% off!)**

All offers good until December 24th, 2013.

All gift certificates expire 2 months from date of purchase. Gift certificate rates based on a la carte lesson rates; go here, scroll to bottom of page, and see under RATES, Lessons A La Carte.
*Students may begin after the winter holidays in January. All rates prorated to week begun in current quarter. Tuition discount applies to quarterly payment plan only. Other studio policy rules apply. Contact Julie Cleveland for details.
**All five lessons are paid for in one payment. Prices based on regular weekly timeslot lesson rates; go here, scroll to bottom of page, and see under RATES, Regular Weekly Timeslot.

Contact Julie Cleveland here for more info and details on the Cyber Monday Specials!

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Julie Plays Government Center! Street Pianos | Boston: 2013

There’s an incredible event going in Boston—”Play Me, I’m Yours”—I got to 6 pianos, here’s me on the only baby grand in exhibit, there’s 75 all over the city and surrounding neighborhoods, for anyone to play! See info below.

Piano @ City Hall Plaza, Government Center:

(This poor piano, pedal needs some WD40, and keys were sticky and spongy—@ 0:18 you can see me pick that E key back up! I think it got rained on, several of the ivory keytops fell off while I played!)

And check out this girl playing Linus and Lucy!


And this boy playing Linus and Lucy too!

Love this boy in the fedora playing “Take Five” by Brubeck:

And this pianist’s playing takes my breath away, can you name the piece?

Link to all info, including map of where all the pianos are located:
http://streetpianos.com/boston2013/

Maybe I’ll see you in town this weekend!
—Julie

Street Pianos | Boston: 2013 will be in Boston from Sep 27 through Oct 14.

 

Street Pianos Boston: This guy rocks!!

Check him out! (Keep practicing y’all!)

Street Pianos Boston will be in town from Sep 27 through Oct 14.

Play Me, I’m Yours – The Boston Street Piano Festival includes a downloadable map of the locations all 75 pianos!

First Look @ “Street Pianos Boston” Which Begins Tomorrow!

I’m so excited about this art/”sound” installation; 75 pianos painted by local artists will be placed on the streets of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and other Boston area neighborhoods for absolutely anyone  to play! All the pianos hit the streets tomorrow, Friday, September 27. Here’s the map, with a lot of pianos already in their locations; click on the icons to see the piano and its location!

Field Trip Anyone??

One mom and her son from my studio are already on board to go to this event with me, we were thinking it would be fun to have other students/parents join us, and either taking the train in from Gloucester station, or all piling into a mini van/SUV.

So parents, if you’re interested, contact me so we can plan a mutually convenient date (Sat/Sun); the event runs from Sep 27 through October 14. Adult students, please join us too! And any other friends too! 🙂 Can’t wait, it’s going to be a great piano adventure.

Here’s some pics of some of the pianos out already:

This one's in Boston Common!
This one’s in Boston Common!
And here's the one in front of Berklee College of Music.
And here’s the one in front of Berklee College of Music.
And can you guess where this one is? ;-)
And can you guess where this one is? 😉

Play Me, I’m Yours – The Boston Street Piano Festival includes FAQs on where the pianos will be located (coming out tomorrow) and how you can nominate pianos to be donated to worthy causes.

Street Pianos Boston Coming Next Week

Street Pianos Boston will be in town from Sep 27 through Oct 14. I’ll be going in to play them, if anyone would like to join me—students? 😉 —I’d love to have you come along!

Here’s a video from the Street Pianos event held in London, with an interview of the artist who created this event, Luke Jerram. I especially love the guy singing and playing at the end!

Play Me, I’m Yours – The Boston Street Piano Festival includes FAQs on where the pianos will be located (coming out next week) and how you can nominate pianos to be donated to worthy causes.

“First Days of Fall” Piano Lesson Special!

Sign up for 4 free trial piano lessons with Julie Cleveland!

Limited Time Only! Trial Lesson Period: September 30 – October 26 only.

Trial is available for kids, teens, and adult learners.
Four weekly* 30-minute or 45-minute lessons.
Lessons must be taken in four consecutive weeks.

Timeslots Available for Trial:
Currently, there is only one 30-minute-lesson trial lesson period timeslot left, which is for ages 5–7 (K–2) only.
Limited 45-minute lesson timeslots available for the trial lesson period; 45-minute lessons are required for ages 8 through adult.

Acceptance into the trial lesson period is contingent on initial interview to determine whether the student and teacher are a good fit.
One book for young learners will be required, and is available for sale in the studio at the first lesson.
If continuing after the trial period, students can choose from timeslots that are still available; those timeslots may not necessarily include the timeslot the student is currently in for the trial.

Contact Julie Cleveland here for more info about the First Days of Fall Special!

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Cape Ann Piano Studio featured on GoodMorningGloucester blog!

Check out my listing today on the GoodMorningGloucester blog:

Julie Cleveland Teaches Piano and Would Like Your Business

Free Music Notation Software!

Adult Students and Parents of Young Students!

A great, free, music notation program that students can use to write their own compositions is Finale Notepad.

This example is of an advanced score, but can be used to do even the simplest notations. Here’s an example of notation below, for both computer and iPad:

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And here’s a cool music notation app for those of you on iPad (can also be used on a desktop):

Notion for iPad

This one I don’t know anything about! But worth checking out:

MuseScore