What to do to Keep Making Music over the Summer

Practice vs Play, or Practice AND Play

The summer break has finally arrived!!! We wish you all the joys and fun on your summer break, but please do consider some music making among your summer plans. In these next couple of months everyone, teacher’s included :), will experience a change in routine; and during these times it is easy to drop everything to be listless and carefree. The summer months are filled with great opportunities to experiment, create, and learn in a less structured environment. We are sure your teachers have given you summer projects to learn and master over the break, but along with that, why not make practicing feel less like a chore to complete a task and more about music making in general. No need to slave away on hard passages and repetition, though maybe a little if necessary ;) Change it up by trying to learn a song you heard on the radio by ear, watch a summer concert or videos of great musical performers, try composing your own original song that one day may become a smash hit in the music world, or just find a friend or two to play in an ensemble with. The key is exploration and freedom to do so. This way you get to use your musical knowledge you have learned all year in another constructive method. The summer months are easy to lose all the great progress learned over the year and we wouldn’t want it all lost! Think about signing up for one of our summer camps or attend a drop-in class  this summer! We have camps that cater to all student playing levels and interest for music to keep things fresh and fun!

Even the pros of the music world sometimes think practicing is unpleasant. Read the article below to see how this 7-time grammy award winning pianist makes practicing “less of a slog”.

https://lifehacker.com/how-emanuel-ax-makes-piano-practice-less-of-a-slog-1826402441

 

End of the Year Thoughts

Reflection of the 2017-2018 year at the Eugene Piano Academy

 

As the music year is winding down, we at the Eugene Piano Academy would like to take some time to reflect on all the progress and growth all of our students have accomplished this past year. Some students have started from the very beginning knowing nothing about music and now can play piano with their right hand and left hand (even hands together!); some students returned from a long hiatus and started playing new challenging and fun music, returning to the recital stage once more; and some students kept up with their piano studies through the years at the academy and matured so much through their musical playing in general. We are so proud of everyone young and old for all of your accomplishments! Not only do we learn about music when playing an instrument, we also learn how to be better people and develop well rounded life skills along the way. Now that summer is approaching, don’t let your music making rest just yet! Consider taking some summer lessons or classes, but for sure return in the fall to continue your musical journey. Nothing makes your teacher prouder than seeing your personal growth as a musician and as a person blossom! Let’s finished the last weeks of the school year learning and making music together! BRAVO!

 

Below is a wonderful end-of-year letter to new music parents, and I think even current students could read, that really sums up our end of the year feelings quite well! Give it a read!

http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/04/15/an-end-of-year-letter-to-new-music-parents/

 

 

3 Things to tell your child   (or yourself) when they begin a musical instrument

The nitty gritties of music in 3 points

Spring term at the Eugene Piano Academy has just started! For those of us beginning the journey of music education, here are a few things for parents and new students to keep in mind when starting a new instrument. This is also a great reminder for current students too! Click on the link below for a wonderful article and some encouraging words.

“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success”

-Napoleon Hill

http://www.musicparentsguide.com/2015/03/10/3-things-parents-must-tell-their-children-when-they-begin-a-musical-instrument/#comment-6982

 

 

Look, Sound, and Feel like a Professional Pianist

Performing your best even with butterflies in your stomach 

The Spring season is often also performance season! Here at the Eugene Piano Academy we have students participating in Masterclass, Syllabus, and at our very own Student Recital coming up in May! Whether you are a first time performer or more seasoned, here is a neat article with tips on how to approach the task of preparing and performing at a public event like a pro! We are so proud how much work all our students are putting to prepare for their performances! Everyone enjoy!!

https://melaniespanswick.com/2012/08/28/how-can-amateur-pianists-become-professional-in-their-approach-to-performing/

 

 

Lifelong Learning

Is it too late for me to learn an instrument?

         Ever heard of a saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Well, that’s a bunch of baloney!! The best way to keep the mind young is to keep it active! Here at the academy we encourage lifelong learning so why not exercise your brain by making music! There has been many wonderful studies showing how active our minds are when we listen to music, but even more so when we play music. It truly is never too late to pick up a new instrument. With some patience and practice, along with the willingness to fail first before you succeed, you too can become a great musician. Here at the Eugene Piano Academy we offer classes of all ages which includes beginning classes for Adults! Whether you are new or looking for a reason to revisit the piano, now is a great time to start making music again!

Here are two wonderful articles about later beginners that decided to return to the piano:

 (1) https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98754560

 (2)http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/piano/features/alistair-mcgowan-piano-advice/?Fsdfdfsdfs