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Daily Listening Assignments

Thursday, May 31, 2018 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.

 



 

National Buy a Musical Instrument Day

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Mary O'Connor | holiday

Piano 8

 

 

Each year on May 22 we observe National Buy a Musical Instrument Day.  The day is all about playing music.  If you are a musician, it might be time for a new instrument.  Maybe you can learn to play a second or third one.  If you have never played an instrument before, National Buy A Musical Instrument Day might be the motivation you need to start.

Naturally, here at the O'Connor Music Studio, a piano, keyboard with weighted keys (and 88 of them!) or organ is recommended but this day is for all types of instruments and is for people of all ages.  Grandpa can play his ukulele while the grandkids play the drums, trombone, and flute. Together they can all make terrific music!

Adapted from http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-buy-a-musical-instrument-day-may-22/