LFMC Junior Convention

The results are in!  Several students attended the Louisiana Federation of Music Club’s Junior Convention this week, where they competed against other students in the state who received Superior ratings at the LFMC Festival this spring.  A big congratulations to Rimi Mandal, who received Honorable Mention in the Vocal Solo – Musical Theatre, Musically Advanced …

LFMC Festival Honors Recital

Last week, over 100 students from the New Orleans area participated in the Greater New Orleans Club’s LFMC Festival for piano and voice at the New Orleans Theological Seminary.  The most outstanding students from that event were chosen to perform in an Honors Recital at Hall Piano Company the next day, and I am proud …

Romantic and Contemporary Honors Recital

Congratulations to all of my students who were chosen to participate in the 2016 Romantic and Contemporary Honors Recital at Loyola University New Orleans!  Theodore Commagere, Sarah Fath, Sneha Mondal, Joshua Ngo, and Destiny Sanders were all chosen to perform their audition pieces at the Honors Recital the day after the competition! Sneha Mondal, Joshua …

Second Annual Lynn Celestin Memorial Scholarship Concert

Congratulations to 2015-2016 Lynn Celestin Memorial Scholarship winner and my student, Destiny Sanders, as well as 2014-2015 Lynn Celestin Memorial Scholarship winner and former student, Kaitlyn Tholen!  They performed an outstanding concert on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Hall Piano Company.

2016 LFMC Junior Convention

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 2016 LFMC Junior Convention at the UNO Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 14.  We had some outstanding results, and I am so proud of all of the students for stepping up to the plate! Piano Solo – Primary Class IV 1st Place in the …

The Way We Learn: Teaching A Blind Student to Read Music

I first met Darren as a student in my Piano I class, a group piano class designed for beginner students that is usually comprised of about 16 students all playing digital keyboards…. at the same time. It can be a challenging class to teach, as it consists of both music track students and non-music track students, some with experience, some with none. The object of the class is to teach students how to read music and prepare them with the technical skills needed to work through more challenging literature, theory, etc. in subsequent classes. As this class focuses on basics such as staff reading, rhythmic values, and musical structure, Darren and I quickly learned that this type of class structure would not work for him.

February 2016 Student of the Month

February 2016 Student of the Month Sneha Mondal Waltz in B Minor Op. 18a, No. 6 – F. Schubert Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 – Kuhlau Sneha  is 11 years old and attends Metairie Academy, where she is in the 5th grade.  In school, Sneha participates in Academic Games and plays on the tennis team. …

January 2016 Student of the Month

January 2016 Student of the Month Rachel Fath Buffalo Stampede – Garcia Rachel Fath is 11 years old and attends Atonement Lutheran School, where she is in the 5th grade.  Rachel has been taking lessons for about 4 years, and her sight reading and independence at the piano has grown tremendously over the last few …

December 2015 Student of the Month

December 2015 Student of the Month Olivia Commagere Dalmatians! – T. Gerou Olivia Commagere is 11 years old and attends the 5th grade at Airline Park Academy, where she is on the Honor Roll.  Olivia is one of my new students, having had only 5 months of lessons.  She has already shown a wonderful aptitude …