Posts Tagged ‘Spokane’

Happy New Year! And I’m back blogging again!!!

January 9, 2011

OMG It’s been a very long time since my last post here! The last few months have been incredibly busy, but very rewarding too! I have been teaching at full speed, playing concerts, started taking piano lessons again, rehearsing lots of new pieces and preparing for upcoming auditions and music festivals. A great way to start the new year, I think!

One of my resolutions for the new year, include do some kind of sport (the only sport I do now is to tickle the ivories… ha ha), learn to play jazz (oh, yeah!!), get back to reading interesting books, keep sharing my passion for music and arts (of course!), blogging, and a gazillion other resolutions (I’ll be lucky if I get to half of them… lol)! But I think among all of them, I would definitely  include doing something back to the community! I think Spokane has a great potential and I really would love to help nurture the arts and music community in some way or another!

In 2011, it will be five years since I moved to Spokane. These past five years have been challenging, definitely, but so rewarding!!! I went from having no prospect at all with a career in music, having no piano to practice nor teach, no money for college and having all my family and friends in the other side of the world, to graduating from college, being granted  for a full year with a brand new beautiful piano that I could have never dreamed of (not even on my most remote dreams), started my own piano studio with amazing students, married my loving husband, and had a chance to meet some new great friends along the way!

As hard it may seemed at times, in retrospect, I’m so thankful for my time here in Spokane. Not many people can say they do what they love, and please, I don’t intend to brag about it at all!  And don’t get me wrong, a musician’s life is hard! It requires a lot of hours of daily practice just to keep up with your level of skills, plus lots of hard work on teaching, composing, performing, and studying music in general acquire more knowledge and understanding of music on a much deeper level.

Nonetheless, I have learned a lot in my time here and I just wanted to share some of my thoughts! I am very excited for the 2011 with lots of great projects coming up! I’ll keep you posted!

I wish an awesome New Year to all of you!!!!

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Accompanist Clone! – Yes, Now You Can!

August 19, 2010

If you are a pianist/accompanist and you will totally relate to this video!

Really hilarious!

Danza Negra by Camargo Guarnieri

August 16, 2010

6 Easy Tips For Reading Music

August 7, 2010

Over the years of teaching and performing, I have encountered people who were often quite amazed how musicians are able to manage so many skills at once. “How can you understand all these black dots on the page? How do you know what they mean and what you are supposed to do?”, they asked.

Music reading may seem very difficult and intricate, but it is actually quite simple once you understand the nuts and bolts. It is certainly possible to play music without knowing how to read music, just like it is possible to speak without knowing how to read or write. However, musicians need to be very versatile in today’s world, and it is very important to know as many skills as possible. So, learning to read music should be definitely is on the top of the list.

If you are a musician at a professional or amateur level, learning to read sheet music can help you to be aware and identify music theory, help you to communicate your musical ideas to others on rehearsals and performances, allow you to play music you never heard before and even write your own music.

Music reading is a skill that could take sometime to master, but it is definitely doable and I’ll be covering some of the important foundations in a series of 5 blogs to get you started: “Staff”, Clefs“, “Keys Signatures“, “Time Signature“, “Pulse and Rhythm“, and “Grouping All Together“. Finally, I will be giving some further resources and websites you can use to find more information and practice your reading music skills.

Stay tune for the upcoming blogs!

My First Video Blog!

August 7, 2010

This is my very first video blog of many more coming soon! Once a week, I plan to post a video blog with different pieces for piano and hopefully some collaborations with musicians around Spokane! Please, feel free to subscribe and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks! =)

July Creative Challenge: Story Walk

July 7, 2010

Do you have any special memory or any interesting facts you would like to share about our beloved Spokane? Story Walk is a project happening this Summer to  encourage folks from Spokane to tell a story “about a place in Spokane that holds personal and/or social significance.” This sounds like a great idea and you could participate using music, poetry, prose, etc. to convey your story in your own personal way.

Check out the project July Creative Challenge: Story Walk

Everyone has special memories of Spokane that together create a collective history of our beloved city. What if a bunch of locals were to get together and share their best stories with one another as they walked through the city?

That’s the reasoning behind Story Walk, a project organized by friends who want to share stories, build community, and encourage folks to look at places in Spokane in new ways. Story Walk is looking for writers, performers, story-tellers, artists, and folks who are interested in peoples’ history–basically anyone who wants to share a story about a Spokane place that has personal and/or social significance.

We’re counting on you to participate as July’s creative challenge. Here’s all you have to do:

By July 15th, submit a story that centers around a local place that holds significance to you. Your story could be conveyed through prose, poetry, a script for a skit, an audio recording of a song along with lyrics, etc.

For more information:

http://riverspeak.net/blog/featured/july-creative-challenge-story-walk

http://storywalk.forsleepwalkers.com/

Spokane Piano Studio

May 23, 2010


Welcome to the official blog for Spokane Piano Studio. Very soon you’ll be able to read lesson tips, practice guides, information about musicians and composers, and more. In the mean time, take a look at my video, and subscribe to my Facebook and Twitter pages.