Saturday, April 14, 2018

End of Year Piano Recital, Summer Term and More


Greetings Piano People!

I posted recently that spring was just around the corner. However, today it is windy and pouring down rain. Ah, but it is Portland!  Sunshine, singing birds and flowers are sure to make their appearance soon!

I want to remind you of our upcoming end of the year recital. There is a 4:30 session and 6:00 p.m. session. Students can play for either, but I prefer younger, more beginning students at the 4:30 program. As usual, invite your family and bring treats to share!

What:  Piano Student Recital
When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Session 1: 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Community Music Center
 3350 SE Francis St, Portland, OR 97202
 
The end of spring term will be the week after the recital.
 
This summer, I will not be doing home visit piano lessons. Many of my students will be on vacation. And I have decided to spend more time with my granddaughter, Grace, who is now 7 1/2 months old!
 
I will be teaching group and private lessons at the Community Music Center this summer. Summer term begins June 18th.
 
I am also teaching Blues Camp I and II at the Community Music Center. Blues Camp I will be Mon-Fri, 6/18 through 6/22; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Blues Camp II will be Mon-Fri, 6/25 through 6/29; 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
I will be still teaching private lessons at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  I will be putting together my new schedule shortly.
 
Finally, I am performing in the performance of Bach's Magnificat on May 19th at the Multnomah Arts Center.  I will be playing the organ and accompanying the Francis Street Singers along with a small orchestra, directed by Tracey Edson. I will also be performing several short solos on a portative organ! Would love to see you there!

I also hope to see some sunshine soon!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Peace,

Teacher Zita :)

Here is the information on the concert:

"Join us for a special event celebrating & supporting the arts programs of the Community Music Center and Multnomah Arts Center. Faculty, student, and guest performers unite on stage to raise funds for both arts education programs.

The program includes two masterworks by J.S. Bach:

> Magnificat in D Major with the Francis Street Singers
Tracey Edson, Conductor

> Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (selections), Gayle & Philip Neuman, recorders, Andrew Ehrlich, violin

Location: Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Highway.

Admission: $7 Students (age 6 - 24), $15 Individuals, $25 Patrons (reserved seat).

Make reservations by April 30th and save $5 on each Individual ticket!

This program is generously sponsored by the performers, as well as individual and corporate donors, so that all proceeds from the event go to support the arts education programs of the Community Music Center and Multnomah Arts Center."
 
 
 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

End of Year Piano Recital

Piano Student Recital

Hello Piano People!

Spring is just around the corner!  

I am looking forward to our next piano recital. Details are below. Please save the date!


What:  Piano Student Recital
When: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Session 1: 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Community Music Center
 3350 SE Francis St, Portland, OR 97202


I would prefer younger, more beginning students to perform at 4:30 p.m. Older, intermediate and advanced students at 5:30. 

Please invite your family. We love an audience! I sit at the piano with all my students, unless they request otherwise. Music does not need to be memorized. But if it is, cool!  Students should still bring their sheet music with them, even if it is memorized. 

And treats are welcome!  Please specify if there are any allergens, i.e. peanuts for our friends with food allergies.

Most of all, enjoy preparing for the recital! This is my favorite part about teaching!

Have a wonderful week piano people!
 
Teacher Zita
pianoteacherpdx@yahoo.com 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Piano Student Recital

Hello Piano People!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. I know I did! It was even more special this year with the arrival of my granddaughter, Grace Isabel!



I even did a little educational concert in her honor on November 19th. It was great fun. I am so thankful for many of my students that attended.

But if you missed out, do not fear. I am planning another one in the spring!

The next piano event on the calendar is my piano student recital.

Please save the date.  There has been a slight time change, so take note!

What:  Piano Student Recital
When: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Session 1:  4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 5:30 p.m.
Where:  Community Music Center
 3350 SE Francis St, Portland, OR 97202


I would prefer younger, more beginning students to perform at 4:00 p.m. Older, continuing beginners, intermediate and advanced students at 5:30. 

Please invite your family. We love an audience! I sit at the piano with all my students, unless they request otherwise. Music does not need to be memorized. But if it is, cool!  

And treats are welcome!  Please specify if there are any allergens, i.e. peanuts for our friends with food allergies.

Most of all, enjoy preparing for the recital! This is my favorite part about teaching!

Have a wonderful week piano people!
 
Teacher Zita
pianoteacherpdx@yahoo.com 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

RECITAL SEASON!

Hello Piano People!

Here we are in November already!  Most people hurl themselves headlong into holiday thinking immediately after Halloween.  I actually heard my first Christmas carol on the radio yesterday. And my Starbucks cup was already in the Christmas spirit!


I think my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. Time with family. Yummy food. Not too much stress.  What'st not to like?

But honestly, you know what I look forward to this time of year?

PIANO RECITALS!!

This year, I am hosting an end of term piano recital for my students at the Community Music Center on Sunday, December 10th.

There will be two sessions:

Session One
 4:00-5:00 p.m. This session designed for younger, more beginning students.  There will be a reception at 5:00 with many goodies (bring some too if you're able!).

Session Two
6:00-7:00 p.m. This session is designed for older and/or more advanced students. There will be a reception at 7:00 with many goodies (bring some too if you're able!).

You can sign up for whichever session suits your student and/or schedule.  If you need help deciding, ask me! 

Most of my students have chosen a recital piece already.  My beginning students will be chosing this week.

My recitals are fun!  We do not worry about mistakes.  But if there are any nerves, be assured I will be sitting right there next to you at the piano to help!

Students can dress however they are comfortable for being on stage. Some like to dress fancy, some like to just where comfortable clothes (like they wear to school).

Be yourself! :)

I also want to let you know, that I giving one of my family friendly, educational concerts.

I would love to see my students and their families at my concert!  I am really excited about featuring women composers and their male counterparts!


PIANO FOR ALL

An afternoon of solo piano music performed by Zita Jefferson.
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  • Music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn, Maria Agata Szymanowska, Fredic Chopin, Blanche Tice, Scott Joplin and a special arrangement of the Brahms Lullaby to celebrate the birth of Grace Isabel, Zita’s granddaughter!
  • Interesting narration about the composers and their compositions.
  • Fun Activities! Including the
    “Name that animal, Holiday or Thing” game!
  • Prizes for the children!  
  • A reception with goodies afterwards!
Suggested Donation: $10/person or $25/family.  
No one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information email Zita at pianoteacherpdx@yahoo.com

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Community Music Center
3550 SE Francis Street



Monday, March 6, 2017

Save the Date: End of Year Piano Recital!

Hello Piano People!

It has been a long winter! 

I feel like I have been hibernating! Like a bear!  And I am so ready for some warmer weather.

Speaking of which, I am hosting a recital for my piano students on:

Sunday, June 11th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

It will be held in the auditorium at the Community Music Center as usual!

Recitals are so much fun! I am helping all my students prepare a special piece. And I am looking forward to hearing them all play!

As usual, please bring treats to share! 

I am combining all levels of abilities, ages and styles. We will even have a couple of students do a blues jam demo!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Back to practicing! :)



See you soon...Teacher Zita

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and Piano News!

Dear Piano Students:

As I ponder what I am thankful for this year, the first thing I think of is my family. Next is you all!  I love teaching piano and I love you all like you are my family!

I am up late the night before Thanksgiving actually practicing.Yes, teachers practice too!

I am playing the piano for a homeless Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow before I get together with my family.

I am going to begin the program with "Imagine" by John Lennon. One of my favorite pieces. And very appropriate for our world today, I might add!

Here is a rough little youtube video of me practicing Imagine on my dinky little keyboard at home:



Also, the end of fall term is upon us!  My last day teaching will be Tuesday, December 13th.

End of term recital is Sunday, December 11th at 5:30. Please come about 20 minutes early. Bring your music, your family and treats to share!

Please let me know if you plan on playing. I love recitals!

Winter term will start up January 2nd.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Peace,

Teacher Zita

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summertime!

Hello Piano People!

I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day! I am very grateful to all who have served and are serving our country.

It is going to be a hot one today.  I heard 90 degrees, and it is only the last day of May! I guess summer really is just around the corner.

I am finalizing my summer piano lesson schedule. I can still make room for a few more students, so talk to me if you would like a spot! :)

I will be giving an end of summer student piano recital on Sunday, August 28th at 5:30 at the Community Music Center.

This recital will be smaller than usual. I am working on memorization in my own practice. If time permits, I will play a piece that I have been working on - by memory!  This has been a weak point in my musicality.

I am a teacher, but always a student!

I am looking forward to a music filled summer.

Talk to you soon!

Peace,

Teacher Zita