Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 1



     Here is Robert Schumann's Piano Sonata No. 1, 1st movement, Op. 11. In this recording the sonata is performed by Klara Wurtz. The sonata is in F# minor

Robert Schumann is one of the greatest Romantic composers, writing numerous works for the piano. His pieces are usually very melodic and this piano sonata especially so having the main motif (musical phrase) a falling interval of a fifth. The piece is so melodic, in part, because Schumann based the slow movement on a song he wrote when he was eighteen years old. Schumannn starting composing this sonata at 23 years of age and published anonymously under the names Florestan and Eusebius. The sonata is in four movements: 1. Introduzione. Un poco Adagio - Allegro vivace 2. Aria 3. Scherzo e Intermezzo. Allegrissimo 4. Finale. Allegro un poco maestoso.

This sonata is the kind of piece that an aspiring pianist will study for years to really master it. And that is the point, isn't it? Pieces that inspire us, push us, make us reach further than we thought possible.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Teaching is a Small Business




     Most private music teachers in the United States of America do not think of their teaching as a business. Some teachers would say it is wrong, it goes against their calling as teachers to see their teaching as business. And I do not blame them, we have all had teachers that just taught for the money. These teachers do not care about their students, just the paycheck. But as teachers, we do not have to fall into that trap as we seek to make the business aspect of our studio successful.

But as private music teachers we need to develop our understanding of business, since a good portion of it is selling our product to people. This does not mean that we should neglect the other important aspects of our teaching, such as our pedagogical skills, musical skills, understanding of child psychology, how to work with parents. So the question for us today is, "how much time do I spend on the business aspect of my studio?"

If you are not sure where to start, Dave Ramsey is one of the men that can help you build the business side of your studio. Ramsey has built his business from zero to a multi-million dollar business. Alongside that, Ramsey will teach you to build a lasting business founded on good ethics and practices. Enjoy this short video and there are more in the series!

16 Year Olds Can Do More





         Some times we forget that teenagers, even at 16, can do more than we think. Here is a young man playing his heart out in an international competition. We can expect less or more of the teens in our lives. I choose to expect and challenge my students, even if I make mistakes. Let's stop being scared of hurting the feelings of our students, let's take a chance.