Saturday, October 16, 2021 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
I have purchased a set of Shades of Sound Listening & Coloring Book: Halloween for the studio.
Each week, I will print out some of the pages for your student and put them in his/her notebook. After listening to the music on YouTube, the student may color the pages.
After they are colored, please return them to the notebook so that there will be a complete book when finished.
If you are an adult and want to listen and color, too, just let me know and I'll print you a set.
From the website:
The Shades of Sound Listening and Coloring Books are a great way to encourage students to listen to great piano and orchestral repertoire. Students of all ages will love coloring the fun pictures while listening to and learning from the music of the great composers.
This Shades of Sound Halloween edition includes 13 spooky pieces of piano and orchestral literature, ranging from the Baroque to the Modern period. By spending just 5-10 minutes per day listening for just a few days per week, students can listen to and complete the whole book in a few weeks.
Aspiring pianists need to know the literature, hear the greats perform, and be inspired and excited by the great music that is available! Just as writers need to read, read, read, pianists need to listen! Through this fun curriculum, students will learn about the musical periods and the great composers and their works. Listening repertoire selected includes selections from the standard solo piano literature, as well as solo piano and orchestra literature and orchestral works.
My hope is that students can add just 5-10 minutes of listening per day to their normal practicing. Listening to great music will change their understanding of music and will vastly increase their music history knowledge. It will excite and inspire them, encourage further study and listening, give them new pieces to add to their own repertoire wish list, infuse more great music into their lives, homes and families, and will boost their musicianship and expression to the next level.
The Halloween Shades of Sound book includes 13 different pieces, including:
- Totentanz by Liszt
- Le Cimetiere, from Clairs de Lune by Abel Decaux
- Graceful Ghost Rag by William Bolcom
- Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov
- Tarantelle, from Music for Children Op. 65 No. 4 by Prokofiev
- Tarantella by Albert Pieczonka
- In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg
- Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Bach
- Funeral March, from Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor by Chopin
- Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens
- The Banshee by Henry Cowell
- Scarbo, from Gaspard de la nuit by Ravel
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas
Students may use The Playful Piano – Halloween Listening YouTube playlistto listen along with their book using quality recordings. The playlist is ordered to go right along with the book, and also includes 5 extra pieces (some pages include optional “Further Listening” examples students may listen to).
Monday, September 13, 2021 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
Thank you for your interest in the O'Connor Music Studio!
Available times are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the day, after school and early evenings for all ages and levels. There may be other times available if requested.
After you register, you will get a confirmation email with the information you need to access the Student Portal. After logging in you may choose from the available lesson times or request something different.
If you are a transfer student, please have your most recent method book(s) and notebook for the online interview.
Prospective students must have a piano, organ or electric keyboard to use for daily practice.
Roadtrip! students (ages 4-5) are scheduled for half-hour lessons with their parents present.
Beginning children (ages 6 to 9) are scheduled for half-hour lessons.
Youth (ages 10 and up) may be scheduled for half-hour lessons or forty-five minute lessons.
Adults are highly encouraged to take hour-long lessons, but are always welcome to schedule half-hour lessons at first.
I look forward to meeting you!
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by Mary O'Connor | OCMS
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O’Connor Music Studio provides Fairfax-area piano students with high-quality instruction tailored to suit individual needs and learning styles. The dedicated instructor brings over 40 years of teaching experience to every lesson. She specializes in teaching the piano, organ, and electric keyboard to students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. O’Connor Music Studio emphasizes music theory, performance skills, ear training, history, composition, and more.