November 2015 Student of the Month

November 2015 Student of the Month Elizabeth Murray Ready for Ragtime – M. Bober Dance – Gurlitt   Elizabeth is 12 years old and is currently in the 7th grade at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan.  Elizabeth has been taking piano lessons for about 3 years now, and she has shown tremendous improvement in both …

October 2015 Student of the Month

October 2015 Student of the Month Nathaniel Kinchen Gypsy Rhapsody – Rollin Minuet in G – J.S. Bach 13 year old Nathaniel Kinchen has been a student of mine for over 3 years now.  He is currently in the 8th grade in a homeschooling program that he attends with his brothers.  In the past few …

September 2015: Student of the Month

September 2015 Student of the Month Joshua Ngo Baby Circus Elephant – David Carr Glover 6 year old Joshua Ngo is one of my newest students.  After only 3 months of lessons, Joshua is already reading his notes on the staff, counts out loud, and plays with a beautiful legato touch.  Most recently, Joshua finished …

EmilyFransen.com is Featured in a Book!

Really cool things are happening over here!  EmilyFransen.com is a featured website  in David Cutler’s new book, “The Savvy Music Teacher!”  Cutler’s book provides a blueprint for creating a successful career teaching music, and I am very honored to have been chosen as a feature for this book!  It’s currently available for sale on Oxford …

Kaitlyn Tholen’s Senior Recital

This June, my student teacher and 2014-2015 Lynn Celestin Memorial Scholarship recipient, Kaitlyn Tholen, performed a fantastic Senior Recital at Hall Piano Company.  Kaitlyn has been studying with me for 10 years and has been teaching privately for 3 years, as well.  She will be attending Tulane University in the Fall, where she will be …

2015 LFMC Festival Results

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 2015 LFMC Festival at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on Saturday, March 14.  I am pleased to report that all of the students who participated received “Superior” ratings!  Keep up the great work! Sarah Fath Nathaniel Kinchen Stevie Kinchen Neel Mondal Sneha Mondal Patrick …

Romantic and Contemporary Auditions 2014

A very big congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Romantic and Contemporary Auditions on November 15th.  We had some outstanding results this year, including 3 medalists and 6 students chosen to play in the Honors Recital on November 16th at the UNO Performing Arts Center. Medalists: Sarah Fath, Nathaniel Kinchen, Elizabeth …

Learning How to Learn

Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about what motivates me as a teacher.  Am I getting the right message across to my students, and am I helping them learn practical skills that will benefit them as musicians?  Sometimes, I find myself getting caught up in the time frame in which things are getting …

Lynn Celestin Memorial Scholarship Concert

On September 20, 2014, we held the inaugural concert for the Lynn Celestin Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Steinway Society of New Orleans at Hall Piano Company.  This concert featured our scholarship winner, Kaitlyn Tholen, friends of Mrs. Lynn Celestin’s, and some of her former students.  Special congratulations to my students Kaitlyn Tholen and Emily …

Emily Fransen and Peggy Fransen in Concert!

My mom and I will be playing our very first concert together this weekend, and we are very excited!  We have inadvertently programmed all Romantic and Contemporary music, and I am personally pretty happy about it.  The concert will feature both duet and solo work, and we hope that you can make it!