Got an iPad? Summer Camp is Now In Session!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS


A NEW version of Piano Maestro has arrived with Summer Camp (YAY!), new engine for improved note recognition and multiple bug fixes! Make sure to update your app to get:

***Summer Camp!
- Tune in each week to see which free song will be released for your students to learn and play
- "Johnny B Goode" by Chuck Berry is this week's first song
- Available in three versions (easy, melody line and 2 hand version), songs can be accessed from the main menu or the new Summer Camp category in the Library
- Each week, a top student with 3 stars will be awarded a gift card!

***NEW next-generation MusicSense engine for improved sound recognition for those of you that have been experiencing a few issues.

***We also made multiple bug fixes thanks to your feedback, such as better looking clefs and song audio snippets now play properly. And, of course the icon got a summer makeover 😎


Daily Listening Assignments

Monday, May 29, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS

This summer, I've decided to add a new feature to piano lessons.  I know that many families travel during the summer months and it's sometimes difficult to practice.

These daily assignments, June through August will help you and your students learn a bit more about the pieces they're learning during the year - or maybe give ideas for something that they'd like to learn.

Each piece has a bit of composer info and several different interpretations, some of which are very humorous.  Some of the assignments appear in Piano Maestro so be sure to have that handy, if your student uses that.

Some days give hints that the assignment of the day may be played (or reviewed) at the next lesson so please be sure that your student takes note of that (no pun intended!)

Find them here, under Daily Listening Assignment. To watch just the videos, there's a growing playlist on YouTube


June 1Spring from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi.  Many OCMS students have played this already in one of their Piano Pronto books.  It's also available in Piano Maestro.
June 2Pomp and Circumstance by Sir Edward Elgar
June 3Carmen by Georges Bizet
June 4Ah, vous dirai - je , Maman by Mozart. Also the same tune as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" and the "Alphabet Song". It's also available in Piano Maestro.
June 5Happy Birthday to You from the song "Good Morning to All", which has traditionally been attributed to American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill
June 64'33" by John Cage
June 7William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. It's in Piano Pronto Movements 1 and 2 and Piano Maestro.
June 8Surprise Symphony by Joseph Haydn. It's in Piano Pronto Movement 1 and Piano Maestro.
June 9You Tell 'Em, Ivories by Zez Confrey. It's available for loan
June10 and beyondFind them here.



The Summer/Fall Schedule is (Mostly) Available Now

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS

Upcoming O’Connor Music Studio schedule based on Fairfax County Public Schools.

The rest of 2017 :          

May 29,  2017 Memorial Day, No Lessons
July 10-14, 2017No Afternoon Lessons due to Pender Music Camp
August 28-September 4, 2017NO Lessons
September 5,  2017 Fairfax County Schools Reopen
September 6,  2017 Fall Piano Lessons Begin
September 18-23, 2017NO Lessons
October 9,  2017 Columbus Day. NO Lessons
October 28,  2017 Halloween Playing Class, 10 am

Come in costume, if you want!

Be prepared to play a Halloween piece(s) or turn a non-Halloween piece into one. I'll show you how.

Parents and siblings welcome.

Please let me know if you can't make it.
November 23-24, 2017Thanksgiving Holiday. NO Lessons
December date TBD, 2017Winter Holiday Playing Class, 10 am

Be prepared to play a winter holiday piece(s) such as Winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year, Hogmanay, Chinese New Year, Your Birthday?…

Please tell us a little about the holiday you have chosen.

Parents and siblings welcome.

Please let me know if you can't make it.

December 23-January 1, 2018Winter Break. NO Lessons