Cup games help us to improve our rhythm skills in a fun way. It can be overwhelming to learn a challenging rhythm and a complex melody at the same time, but when we focus on just the rhythm, it suddenly becomes a game!
Ensemble playing is such a blast! Notice Lila's intense concentration as she works to play her part of the duet in time with her partner. But you'll see her sweet smile of satisfaction as she successfully arrives at the end of her piece.
Addie’s Recital Performance
Addie performs Gymnopédie No. 1 (by Erik Satie) at the January 2020 recital. Addie's performance invites us to forget our everyday stressors and immerse ourselves in lush harmonies and slow rhythms. Who can listen to this performance and feel anxious?
Carra’s Recital Performance
Carra performs Shadows (Alexander & Mier) at the June 2017 recital. Carra's playing evokes the fright of a shadowy figure creeping up from behind. But with the delightful turn at the end of the piece, Carra convinces us that there's no need to be afraid!
Chloe’s Recital Performance
Chloe performs The Black Pony (Lajos Papp) at the June 2018 recital. As Chloe plays, listen to the high-stepping pony prancing on the keys. Can you feel yourself riding a pony alongside Chloe? What a spirited performance of a playful composition!
Angela's Recital Performance
Angela performs Song of Twilight (Yoshinao Nakada) at the June 2018 recital. Angela's interpretation of Song of Twilight induces a calm reflective mood in her listeners. She displays a lovely singing melody over a pulsing accompaniment, and by the final ritardando we are lulled into complete peace.
Angela’s Group Class Piece
A students-only group class is a great opportunity to hone performance skills. Here Angela plays Mist (Clifford Poole) for her peers, which builds her confidence for recital day. Everyone knows that practice makes perfect, but this applies to performance techniques too!
Candace’s Recital Performance
Candace performs Rhapsody No. 2 (Johannes Brahms) at the January 2020 recital. Brahms was a great admirer of Classical form, which you can hear in the structure of this piece. However, he definitely leaned toward the Romantic sensibilities in his passionate intensity and unexpected harmonies.
Anderson's First Recital
Anderson's first performance experience happened during the pandemic, when we were having our recitals in video format for safety. Here he plays a piece called Boogie Woogie Beat, which introduces the 8-to-the-bar pattern that is the foundation of all boogie-woogie. It's great to see a beginner play with such clarity and confidence!
Inga's Version of Classic Dance
After only 10 lessons, Inga is already shaping her melody so beautifully. She found the Classic Dance piece from her piano book too simple, so she elaborated the musical ideas to make them more satisfying. Manipulating an existing piece in this way is an early exercise in composition.
Aurora's Virtual Recital Submission
Here Aurora shares her latest project, an Aria by Bach from the Anna Magdalena Notebook. Notice her steady, deliberate touch and the controlled way she presents changes in volume. Brava Aurora!
Sean's Recital Performance
The residents of Hunters Woods at Trails Edge welcomed us back for another recital. Sean’s rousing rendition of a Hungarian Dance by Brahms was a program highlight. The Hungarian Dances were popular during Brahms’ lifetime, and their appeal hasn’t faded. Sean has good reason to be proud of his controlled but spirited presentation!
Group Class Fun
Sean and Candace share a laugh at the group class. The atmosphere of a group class is supportive and relaxed. Students have the opportunity to share their progress with their peers, and learn active listening techniques.
Lasting memories are made on recital day! This was taken at our winter recital in January 2017. The residents of Hunters Woods Fellowship House were delighted by the children's playing, and by the opportunity to interact with the children after the performance.
June 2017 Performers
Some of the participants in the June 2017 Recital at the Woman’s Club of Arlington. This year we had the joy of playing on an amazing Steinway, and there were plenty of duets in the recital program.
Recital duet with Iris
In January 2020, at Hunters Woods at Trails Edge, Iris entertains the residents with an arrangement of To a Wild Rose by Edward MacDowell. Duets are always crowd-pleasers, but this piece in particular has a charmingly beautiful melody.
June 2019 Performers
Some of the participants in the June 2019 Recital at Reston Community Center. One of the highlights of this program was Carra's performance of her own uplifting composition, Just a Day Away.
Kara’s first lesson
There is so much to discover on the piano keys! First lessons often include an exploration of the layout of black and white keys on the keyboard, learning names of all of the keys, and memorizing a recognizable song to share with friends and family.
Here Iris delivers a lovely curtsey to match a delightful performance. Recital etiquette is an important element of a polished performance. Students learn to conduct themselves with poise and grace in front of a crowd, skills that transfer to other aspects of adult life.
Online classes are popular with students who have busy schedules and want to save the commute. Improvements in technology allowed us to continue our lesson routine without interruption during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 2022 Performers
After several virtual recitals during the pandemic, it was great to be back together in person for a live recital. How rewarding for the students to play well after careful preparation! Friends and family were thrilled to watch them strut their stuff at Reston Community Center.
Orpheus Music Class Trip
Orpheus Music generouly opened their shop after hours just so we could learn more about the function of the instrument we study. Here students have the chance to see the piano from every angle, and discover exactly what happens inside when they press the keys and pedals.
Music Bonds Families
Parents enjoyed watching their children connect with different instruments at Orpheus Music. Like people, every piano has a distinct personality, and some personalities just click! Here a mother delights in the connection between her daughter and a lovely instrument.