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Have a Merry Musical Christmas!

Friday, November 30, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | holiday



This fun activity will encourage good practicing skills as students count down the days until Christmas with a Christmas practicing activity each day of December. It includes a variety of activities to practice sight reading, performing, technique, theory and more. Merry Christmas!

Please let me know if you do not want your student to participate in Christmas activities and I will assign alternate activities.


No School - Snow Day!

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | holiday

Snowday

 

Fairfax County has closed school today so...no lessons today due to the snowy weather.



Keep practicing!

Those using Piano Maestro may find a new assignment for today :)



 

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Just in Time for Halloween: Toccata and Fugue in d minor by J.S Bach

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | holiday

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Johann Sebastian Bach's towering monument of organ music, with its deep sense of foreboding, will forever be associated with Halloween.

Get a free copy of the sheet music at IMSLP or borrow a copy from the O'Connor Music Studio.  I have this arranged for organ, piano, duet, 2-piano, simplified...

If you want this in a book with other Bach transcriptions, amazon has this: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and the Other Bach Transcriptions for Solo Piano, arranged by Ferruccio Busoni.

Here, Virgil Fox performs it on his Allen Digital Touring Organ.



 

Diane Bish plays the Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Institution and talks about this instrument.



 

And, the most fun...