Keep Up-To-Date with the Student/Parent Portal
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | parents
The O'Connor Music Studio features fully functional parent/student portals. These are a great way to share information with you, save time, and add value to your lessons.
The student portal provides you with:
- Student’s calendar with upcoming lessons and events
- Student’s repertoire
- Student’s practice log
- Family’s account and invoice information (only visible to parents/adult students)
- Access to your download library and a list of borrowed items
- View student's attendance
- Track student's practice time and leave notes or questions from the practice session
- Add and track their repertoires
- View their email history
- View Mrs. O'Connor's contact information
- Keep up-to-date with studio news
Students can also join and cancel lessons based on the OCMS studio cancellation policy.
Using the student portal is completely optional, but highly recommended.
How do I join the Student Portal?
To join the student portal your teacher will send you your login information. Once received you will be able to access the student portal and all of its features.
How do I cancel a Lesson?
To cancel a scheduled lesson simply click on the lesson or event in your calendar and click “Cancel Attendance”. You can optionally leave your teacher a note about why you are canceling in the provided “Note to Teacher” dialogue box.
How do I register for an Open Lesson Slot?
To register for an Open Lesson Slot click on the event or lesson on the calendar as select “Register”. A dialogue box will appear asking you if you “are you sure you want to register for this Open Slot?” Click “Yes”. If the lesson or event you are trying to register for is a recurring event, choose the dates you would like to attend.
Check your email for information about logging in!
New for December: LIstening and Coloring Pages
Saturday, November 18, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | listening
I have just purchased a set of Christmas Shades of Sound Listening & Coloring Book for the studio.
Please let me know if you do not want your student to participate in Christmas activities and I will assign alternate activities.
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:
Get your piano students listening to great classical music!
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 Christmas edition includes 20 pieces of piano and orchestral literature for the Christmas season, from the Baroque to the Modern period. Includes background and historical information on the pieces and the composers, and a beautiful coloring page for each piece.
The Christmas Shades of Sound book includes 20 different pieces, including:
- In Dulci Jubilo from the Christmas Tree Suite by Liszt
- Pastorale from the Christmas Oratorio by Bach
- Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach/Hess
- Farandole from L’arlesienne Suite #1 by Bizet
- Christmas Sonatina by Reinecke
- Elegy #4 by Busoni
- The Adoration of the Magi by Respighi
- Winter Sonatina by Rowley
- Christmas Concerto by Corelli
- Ave Maria by Schubert/Liszt
- Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Gillock
- Diversions by Dello Joio
- Nuit de Noel by Busoni
- Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach/Petri
- Carol Symphony by Hely-Hutchinson
- Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky
- Trepak by Tchaikovsky
- Arabian Dance by Tchaikovsky
- Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky
- Hallelujah Chorus by Handel
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | holiday
Halloween Music: Funeral March of a Marionette by Charles Gounod
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | holiday
The Funeral March of a Marionette (Marche funèbre
) is a short piece by Charles Gounod.
It was written in 1872 for solo piano and orchestrated in 1879. It is perhaps best known as the theme music for the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which originally aired from 1955 to 1965.
In 1871-72, while residing in London, Gounod started to write a suite for piano called "Suite Burlesque". After completing one movement, the Funeral March of a Marionette, he abandoned the suite and had the single movement published by Goddard & Co. In 1879 he orchestrated the piece. The instrumentation
piccolo, flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in D, 2 trumpets in A, 3 trombones, ophicleide, timpani, bass drum, triangle, strings. The work is in the key of D minor, with a central section in D major. Various arrangements by other hands exist.
There is a program underlying the Funeral March of a Marionette: The Marionette has died in a duel. The funeral procession commences (D minor). A central section (D major) depicts the mourners taking refreshments, before returning to the funeral march (D minor). The score contains the following inscriptions
La Marionnette est cassée!!! (The Marionette is broken!!!) Murmure de regrets de la troupe (Murmurs of regret from the troupe) Le Cortège (The Procession) Ici
de la troupe s'arrêtent pour
rafrâichir (Here many of the principal personages stop for refreshments) Retour a la
(Return to the house). (Wikipedia)
Download this music in several versions from IMSLP
. Click on Arrangements and Transcriptions
There are also some arrangements for piano at the O'Connor Music Studio.
On Alfred Hitchcock:
From Faber Piano Adventures Performance Book Level 3B No.7 (Also available in the OCMS Library):
And, finally, a light show!