LFMC Festival 2019

Congratulations to all of my students who participated in the LFMC Piano and Voice Festival in February!  All 13 students who participated received superior ratings! Honors Recital Performers: Hannah Lorio (vocal solo), Aiden Michler (piano solo), Connor Michler (piano solo), Neel Mondal (piano solo), Sneha Mondal (piano solo), Priscilla Moradel (piano solo), Jared Soh (piano […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]