Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fall Piano Lessons - An Update on the Update!

Ah, the ever changing world of the piano teacher's schedule! :)

These are my remaining openings for fall term:

Monday: Full
Tuesday: 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change! ;)

See you soon!

Teacher Zita 

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Devolution of Music

I had an adventure last night on the bus! Will have to blog about it later.

But hence, I had a late insomniac night and woke up late, stayed in bed and watched tv. A very interesting subject came up on the Jeff Probst show. His co-host Yvette Nicole Brown led the discussion. Lahla Hathaway was a guest and several young people ages 12 to early teens were interviewed.

One young lady said when she really listened to the lyrics of hip hop music, it made her feel like "trash".

Lahla talked about how so much of music gives you everything, leaving nothing to the imagination. And there is very little melody. I've had these same thoughts.

However, the eye opener was hearing that a lot of young people didn't enjoy the profanity or the objectification of women. I was under the impression that most young people took the message tongue in cheek and were just having fun, enjoying the beat

JayZ was quoted as saying "We didn't think hiphop would last this long. We now need to take it to the next level." So, my question is: What is the "next level" in music? Perhaps it's time for the circle to move backwards. Acoustic music with beautiful melodies, lush harmonies, deep, meaningful lyrics.?

Thoughts to ponder.... :)

 Anyway, I'm glad I overslept!

Here is a link about the program:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

End of Summer Piano Recital, Update

I will be holding a piano recital on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

These will be a small, informal performance and would be a
good opportunity to play for a small, appreciative audience on
the big Steinway grand piano in the auditorium at
the Community Music Center!

Let me know if you will be joining us and what piece(s)
you'd like to play!

Note: The 4:00 p.m. recital was cancelled, but the 5:30 show
will go on!

Time:  5:30 p.m. (Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes early)
Place: Community Music Center

As usual, please bring a treat to share.

See you soon! :)

Teacher Zita

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fall Term Private Piano Lesson Openings, Updated 08/10/2013

They're flying like hotcakes!

These are my remaining openings for Fall Term:

Tuesday:  3:30 and 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:30 p.m.
Saturday:  4:00 and 4:30 p.m.

Teacher Zita :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Harpsichord Fever!

I'm pretty psyched! I practised on the harpsichord at CMC today. I'm going to be playing JS Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in f minor with CMC's little orchestra at the end of this month. Never played a harpsichord concerto before! And, I actually wrote my own cadenza for the third movement! 
 I'll put up a video of me playing the harpsichord next week. It's a funky little instrument. For those of you that don't know, it's like a small piano, but instead of hammers hitting the strings, they are plucked. I am adjusting to the fact that I can't produce any dynamics (Louds and softs), but with my small hands and the smaller keys on a harpsichord, we are a nice fit! I may have to get one of my very own! 
I'll post details about the performance, if anyone would like to come. It will be free! :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fall Term Private Piano Lesson Openings (Update)

I refuse to put back to school pictures up just yet! I was shopping in early July at one of my favorite stores, and they already had big back to school display up!

I prefer to live in the present, thank you! :)

However, I am planning my fall schedule, so that when fall terms arrives, it will flow smoooothly! :) 

Here are my current, updated openings:

Monday:  3:30 p.m.
Tuesday:  3:30, 4:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Community Music Center (No Private Lessons. Call CMC 503.823.3177 to inquire about group classes)
Friday: Community Music Center (No Private Lessons)
Saturday: 4:00, 4:30, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: Day Off! :)

Enjoy the rest of the lazy days of Summer! :)

Teacher Zita :)
(Wish I had a hammock!)