Mrs. Remia's Blog
NAME THAT THEME CONTEST
|Posted on 6 October, 2014 at 13:25||comments ()|
Name That Theme Contest
Calling all students of MusicbyRjon! We are counting on your creativity to provide a theme for our upcoming Christmas recital. If selected, the recital will be based off your theme! The winner of the contest will receive an awesome prize.
1. Contest is open to all students.
2. Entries are limited to one per student.
3. The Theme must capture the spirit of the Christmas season and music.
4. Themes must be submitted in writing to Remia Nobles by Oct. 24th (NO electronic entries accepted).
5. The winner will be announced on Halloween.
"And On That Note"
|Posted on 3 October, 2014 at 23:30||comments ()|
By Remia Nobles
It has been a busy week at MusicbyRjon as we continue to work out plans for the Christmas season. We have chosen a date and a time for the Christmas Program, but we are waiting on final confirmation from the venue. We have begun to choose our Christmas carols and songs for the students to play, and we are working on a new "Name That Theme" contest for the students. (Contest details will be revealed next week).
Some of the students received Christmas sheet music or books, while others brought their Christmas music from last year. Students will play the songs from last year as a review. Everyone has worked very hard this year, and I can't wait for them to see the progress that they have made.. (Don't fret! If you have not received Christmas music yet, it is coming! Look for it next week!)
I must admit, it has been a stretch for my mind to get into Christmas mode when it still feels like Summer! It is a little confusing with the children working on Halloween music - amidst harvest decorations, while I'm passing out Christmas music! I mean, we just celebrated the 4th of July - didn't we????!! Well, maybe that was "Christmas in July", but anyway, it was HOT!!
The look on each student's face was just the same as we looked over Christmas music, and the excitement that they couldn't contain managed to pull me into the spirit of things - a little.
So, next week, students will receive a contest flyer with info. and rules, and within the next week or two, I will send home a flyer with all necessary information regarding the Christmas Program. Parents, please look for them! I will post here when I send them.
Have a safe and blessed weekend,
Whose Idea Was That??!!
|Posted on 25 September, 2014 at 9:20||comments ()|
So far, this has been a busy year, and we are not slowing down yet!
2014 has seen MusicbyRjon create a Facebook Page, a website, open a 3rd studio, and accept not only more students, but we've included younger students as well. Now, we are gearing up for our 1st year-end Christmas recital. Now, whose idea was that?!
As we have taken on new students, I have found that in many cases, Grandma not only brings the student to lessons, she pays for the lessons also. Almost every grandmother asks: "Do you have recitals?" Up until now, I have had to answer, "No, not recitals." (Usually, I include the students in a few Sunday morning Christmas worship services around the community). Oh, but this year ..... (do I dare say it??) ..... this year, we are having a "real" recital. Yep, we're doing it! One event venue, announcements, ads, memorizations, refreshments .... the real thang! Now, whose idea was that??!!!!
My plan is to continue to keep expenses down, while keeping the excitement up. Parents, students, and of course grandmas are excited about the upcoming event. I am excited because they are excited. ( Sssshh, don't tell the parents and grandmas that my plan includes their assistance in putting on the program).. Okay, yes that one was my idea.
So, as the year draws to a close,, we are moving forward. The date for the Christmas Recital has been set for December 7, 2014, at 4pm. We are waiting to release the name of the location pending final confirmation from our location Manager
My CFO and I are busy, busy with plans and more ideas for MusicbyRjon. We hope to be able to let our students in on a new venture that we are currently working to implement for the new year.
MusicbyRjon loves Christmas, and we are looking forward to celebrating and playing music with you during the coming holidays and in the New Year.
We love hearing from our students, partents, and grandparents; so keep those ideas coming, and .......... let's play piano,
|Posted on 17 September, 2014 at 11:05||comments ()|
So, you have enrolled your child in piano lessons, and you expect to hear the "sound of music" when Little Beethoven practices. He or she has been enrolled for a few weeks, but when practice begins, and the sound of notes played badly reverberates throughout the house, you begin to wonder "what was I thinking?" What is the benefit from this?
1. Piano Lessons Help Children in School
The most talked about benefit children receive from piano lessons is that it also helps with their school lessons. Numerous studies available show children who play an instrument, score higher on both standard and spatial cognitive development tests alike. There are also findings that show kids who play piano, in particular, scored higher in math, especially on problems dealing with ratios and fractions.
In one particular study conducted by Dr. Frances Rauscher (a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh) and Gordon Shaw (a physicist at of the University of California at Irvine) tested preschoolers who received piano instruction. They found that preschoolers who received piano lessons scored 34% higher than their nonmusical counterparts in tests measuring spatial-temporal reasoning, which is the brain function used to understand math, science and engineering.
2. Piano Lessons Raise Self Esteem
Learning to play the piano is hard work and takes dedication. Not only does each song mastered increase a child's self-esteem, but showcasing their newly learned talents at piano recitals can boost their self esteem as much as winning a game in a sports competition.
Lessons also help kids to learn how to keep a positive outlook when facing difficult tasks. The understanding that mastering a new skill is a process that requires patience helps children to approach tasks with confidence, and not become discouraged or frustrated.
3. Piano Lessons Increase Coordination
Increased eye-hand coordination is almost a given for children that learn to play the piano, but there is more than that. Kids who play the piano have improved fine motor skills and, unlike other instruments, the piano requires both hands to work independently of each other, one moving fast while the other may be moving at a slower rate. All of these things help to increase a child's overall dexterity and complex thought processes.
4. Piano Lessons Help Children to Concentrate
Reading a piece of music takes a great deal of focus, causing a child to interpret a note and a rhythm, translate it into hand movements on the keyboard and then immediately go on to the next one. Reading and playing music allows them to think both critically and creatively, which is a skill that will assist them in anything they choose to undertake in the future.
5. Piano Lessons Help Children to be Well-Rounded
Regardless of whether a child plays the piano for a short time or for a lifetime, the long-term effects of their piano pursuance are many. Through playing the piano, children are exposed to classical music that they may otherwise have never heard. Kids may develop an appreciation for composers like Bach or Mozart that stay with them for life. In addition, the skills and knowledge they learn in piano may help them easily pick up another musical instrument later.
So, as you sit and listen to your little one, pounding painfully away on the black and whites, just remember that as she continues to practice, she'll be creating a great deal more than a few simple melodies, which will truly be music to your ears.
Adapted from:: Five Ways Piano Lessons Benefit Children,
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CAN I LEARN PIANO WITHOUT OWNING A PIANO?
|Posted on 14 July, 2014 at 9:10||comments ()|
Students may begin piano lessons without owning an acoustic piano. A piano would be the choice instrument, but a small keyboard would be get the job done. IWhen you or your student decides that piano is the instrument for you, then a larger keyboard or a piano would become necessary.
Perhaps you have a relative or friend who will share their piano for practice purposes. When I began piano lessons, the only piano that I owned was a small kiddee piano. It served the purpose for a few months, and thankfully my grandmother owned an acoustic piano. Fortunately, Grandma allowed me to practice when I visited her. When I passed the "six month hump", my parents figured that I was going to stick with the lessons, so Santa brought an acoustic piano for Christmas.
I highly reccommend an acoustic piano, but digital pianos are the next best thing. Digital pianos can be kind of pricey, but the "feel" is comparable to an acoustic piano. A keyboard would be acceptable as well, but i suggest a keyboard with weighted keys.
If you are in the market for a piano, check this website frequently. At times, I assist students or others who are trying to sell pianos or keyboards. My students also receive a discount from a well-known music store for new and used instruments. Please ask me about the discount. You might also consider the KWED Trading Post, GVEC Trading Post, Craig's List and EBAY. Sometimes these avenues will list free pianos, or you can buy one from $200 and up. One of my students purchased an excellent keyboard from a garage sale! A piano or keyboard does not have to be new, it just needs to be in relatively good condition. Sometimes a simple tuning is all that is required to make an acoustic piano sound like new!
Learning piano without a piano or keyboard is possible, but not recommended. Yes, I do have students who own a piano, and do not touch it between lessons. However, we spend half of our learning time as a practice session, which means that they are learning slower than they would if they would practice at home. This can be frustrating for the teacher as well as for the students and parents, but it can be done.
Not having a piano is no reason to not take lessons if this is something that you or your child truly wants. Just give me a call, or send me a message, and we will discuss options for you. MusicbyRjon is committed to helping everyone who wants to learn to play the piano.
Contact us today, and let's play the piano
MUSIC AND MEMORY
|Posted on 7 July, 2014 at 11:35||comments ()|
KEEPING THE MUSIC IN MONDAY
Mondays are typically blah days for most people. We awake, tired from the activities of the weekend, groggy with annoyance, and trip to the restroom to emerge refreshed and renewed After a few cups of coffee or capuccino, we head to the job, with at least one eye open.
When my husband wakes up in the mornings, he immediately turns on the tv and the morning news. Watching the news, and sipping on a cup of java, he is wide awake and ready to go. Myself, on the other hand will turn over, snuggle under the covers, and fall right back to sleep - without missing a beat..
When it is time for me to get up, I crawl out of the bed, and turn on a little music with a lot of beat. Usually oldies but goodies, such as Earth Wind and Fire, Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, and we arrive with a smile on the face, and a bounce in the step.
HOW OLD IS TOO OLD?
|Posted on 23 June, 2014 at 10:05||comments ()|
"I've always wanted to play the piano, is 60 too old to learn?" I'm 87 years old. I have memory problems, I can't learn to play now, can I?" The answer to the first question is "NO"! You are NEVER too old to learn to play the piano. The answer to the second question is "YES"! Playing the piano is one of the best memory exercises, and you are NEVER too old to learn to play the piano.
Adults take piano lessons for a variety of reasons. Often the person began piano lessons as a child, but did not stay with it. Now that they are older, they realize what they missed. As children, some did not have parents with the financial means to afford piano lessons, but now, the person is better established and still has the desire to play.
Playing piano can be recreational as well as therapeutic for someone with a stressful job, someone suffering with an illness, or one who is a caregiver; or perhaps someone recently divorced or having lost a loved one, or someone dealing with memory problems, arthritis, or other physical or mental limitations. Maybe you are a college student or a musician who needs to improve your skills, or perhaps you simply want to learn to play the piano. There are a multitude of reasons and rationales for learning to play the piano, but the best reason by far is: You want to play the piano!
I enjoy teaching my adult students just as much as I enjoy teaching my kiddos. Adult students are more disciplined, they are ready to learn, and no one is "making" them take piano lessons.
Adult lessons are customized to fit the skill and the focus of the student. We have a lot of fun in our adult piano classes, We laugh a lot, share events and ideas, and often become true friends. Throughout all of this, we are learning to play the piano!
Do not miss another day of acheiving your dream to play the piano. You will play a song the very first lesson. Call us or send a message now to schedule your time and day.
Get those fingers moving! Let's play piano
SUMMERTIME AND THE LEARNING IS EASY
|Posted on 23 June, 2014 at 0:35||comments ()|
Summertime means lots of little fingers learning to play! It is always fun teaching little fingers to play, but summertime means that kiddos aren't split between music, school, and extras. They can concentrate more fully on their music.
Sooooo, now is the time to buckle down on theory and technique. We do this with the aid of music games and written fun.
MusicbyRjon firmly believes that learning to play the piano should not be all work and no "play". We want the piano to become a beloved instrument to those little fingers. Not a ball and chain, but a BFF - a friend that will share their joy, love, happiness, anger, frustration, and pain.
It has been said of the Polish pianist/composer Frederic Chopin: “I tell you a secret about Chopin, piano is his best friend. More. He tells piano all his secrets.” - piano teacher Eleanora Sivan.”
Come on little fingers, let's learn to play piano