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:          

September 6,   2017 Fall Piano Lessons Begin
September 18-23, 2017 NO 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, 2017 Thanksgiving Holiday. NO Lessons
December date TBD, 2017 Winter 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, 2018 Winter Break. NO Lessons

Music Camp Info

Friday, May 19, 2017 by Mary O'Connor | Summer

Pender Music Camp, July 10-14, 12:30-3:30 pm (This is why MrsO doesn't teach in the afternoon this week!)

The theme for this summer's  Pender UMC music camp will be "Star Quest."   We will be exploring music that expresses the goodness of God's creation and tells of the truth of His word in the Bible. 

Children will be rotating through handbell, Orff, drumming and craft classes.  In addition to these "out-of-this-world" classes, we will be preparing and presenting excerpts from the musical "Star Quest - The Search for the Stolen Scriptures." 

Join us this year as we blast off to fun and song!  For ages rising 2nd grade - rising 6th grade. 

Registration is open now.   

Click here to register or to sign up to Volunteer