Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Piano Practice Tip: Using Youtube

Did you just get stuck? Feel like you're piano practice session isn't going anywhere? youTube can help! 

Did you know that you can probably find that troubling piece of music on YouTube? If you're learning a piece from a lesson book, just visit youtube.com and search for the title of your piece, the composer if there is one, and the name of the method book that you're working from.  (Make sure you ask your parent/gaurdian if it's ok first!). For example, I might search for Toreador Song from the Opera Carmen by George Bizet, John Thompson Book 3.  Here's what you'll find:  http://youtu.be/AuUpyFOYUUE  It may not be exactly the way your teacher wants it, but it gives you a good idea of what the piece sounds like and some stylistic ideas.  If your piece is an excerpt from a larger work, like this one is, you can search for the original work to get more ideas. 

If you feel like your piano playing at home is always better than when you have your lesson, record yourself playing and upload it to YouTube and send your teacher a link to your best work. Or record your trouble spots so he or she knows how to help you best during lesson time. You can make your own private YouTube channel accessible only by links that you give out. 

For even more fun, you can research technique demonstartions such as the C major scale here:  http://youtu.be/0QBlq75LWck

Maybe you'll even discover some new pieces you'd like to learn, such as Canon in D: http://youtu.be/tzsZDN_Ic5U

Or try this Youtube metronome: http://youtu.be/NHwt-IOQ1nE

What YouTube ideas do you have? 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

We've moved!

Hey, Pianists,

The music studio has moved! We're now located in the scenic countryside! Although we are continuing to improve the studio and lesson times, we are now open to accepting new students! If you've always wanted to try some lessons, email now for your trial lesson at amanda@etudesandencores.com. We have lesson times available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays.  If you love your piano lessons, or know someone else that does, please share the studio with a friend! We love referrals!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hi, Students!

I'm having fun planning and prepping for the coming year! I can't wait to get started with our new fall schedule and lots of fun new prizes, too. It looks like we have room for just 3 new students - please refer your friends! If you send us a new student we'll send you to Chik-fil-A! (Please ask for details, some restrictions apply).  All new students receive 1 free trial month of lessons, no obligation to stay! The only cost is the lesson book.

Can't wait to see you!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dear Students,

It's summer!  And we're having fun in the piano studio!  This week, we'll be composing our own piano music, so bring your creative ideas, your piano pencil, and and get ready for some fun!

We love referrals in the studio, so if you have a friend who is interested in piano lessons, please share! They get one free month of lessons with no obligation to continue and when they do continue, you get a free meal at Chik-fil-A!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Back to school week!

It's back to school week at Etudes and Encores Music Studio!  I am so excited- are you?  We'll be welcoming new and returning students with a ton of fun, some new goals, and some great incentives! 

Studio newsletters/magazine
Dreams and wishes session
Get paid to practice with Bach bucks and Music Money
Music clubs and extra curriculars
The 30 piece challenge
Sweet surprise

There's still room for a few new students, so if you haven't spread the word, make sure to tell your friends that they can have a whole month of free lessons with no obligation! (and a prize for you if they stay!)

Want to make the new year a success?  Here's a few things you may want to bring to your first lesson of the year:

-3 ring binder for handouts, notes, loose music, etc.
-Your latest lesson book, Dozen a Day book, and the last piece you've been working on. 
-Your coolest pencil ever. 
- Anything fun (musically) that you worked on over the summer.
-You're piano excitement! 
-A tote bag to keep your stuff organized.

Need a tote bag?  Order a studio tote for $10 plus S&H. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Have you ever wanted to try piano lessons? Now you can try them for free!

Piano Lessons with Amanda

Fun and unique piano lessons in a relaxed environment

Free one month trial period.

A safe place for students to learn and grow musically
A teacher who fosters a love of music through positive reinforcement and encouragement
Lessons that are tailored to the needs and goals of each student
Offering the innovative Wunderkeys Preschool Piano program, classic piano technique, and music theory

Conveniently located in the Lower Macungie area..
Contact Amanda  for more information.