Family Listening Assignment #7

When you have a moment, gather around together and watch these two enjoyable videos. They are performances by pianist, Andre Watts, who began taking piano lessons with his mother and made his debut with the…

Family Listening #6

To start the new year we will listen to a concerto, a piece of music written to feature a solo instrument (piano, violin, guitar, etc.) and accompanied by an orchestra. Typically concertos are in three…

Family Listening #5

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel included the old English ballad, Scarborough Fair, on their immensely popular 1965 album, Simon & Garfunkel. I have always loved this melody set in Dorian mode and over the years…

Family Listening Assignment #4

Everyone knows that playing duets with a friend or family member is a lot of fun. It was a principal source of entertainment in the 19th century and continues to be so today. We can look forward…

Family Listening Assignment #3

Can you guess what song beginning piano students across the nation choose as their favorite, and play over and over again, much to their parent’s and piano teacher’s dismay, er…I mean delight? You’ll know this…

Family Listening Assignment #2

This week’s listening assignment is Chopin’s famous “Minute Waltz”, Op. 64, No. 1. It is said that Chopin was inspired to write it by watching a small dog run in circles chasing its tail, hence…

Family Listening Assignment #1

In the spirit of Halloween it is Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King from the Peer Gynt Suite.  The original work is for orchestra – but it is fun to play on the…