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 …

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 …

Trent Reznor and the Reason Why Traditional Music Lessons Matter

“My grandma pushed me into piano.  I remember when I was 5, I started taking classical lessons.  I liked it, and I felt like I was good at it, and I knew in life that I was supposed to make music.” – Trent Reznor This morning, I woke up feeling groggy and somewhat uninspired, so I …

Practice, Practice, Practice

First and foremost, practicing is a mindset, not an activity. It is imperative that the students focuses on what needs to be done in a practice session rather than just sitting down and setting a timer. An hour of practice with no focused goal is the equivalent of not practicing at all.

Student of the Month

FEBRUARY’S STUDENT OF THE MONTH Sarah Fath Festiva! – Goldston Sarah is in the second grade at Atonement Lutheran School in Metairie, LA.  Her favorite subject is Math, and she is enjoying learning how to write in script.  She is an excellent student, receiving all A’s and B’s on her report card.  In addition to …

Practice tips for the younger beginner

Unfortunately, I have not had many students who do enjoy practicing, and I certainly wasn’t the exception to the rule. The process of practicing is usually not nearly as fun as just about everything else when a child is 7, but when the student sees things getting easier and pieces becoming a little bit more interesting, this will usually change. For my students ages 6-9, I have some tips that might make practice time a little easier for everyone.