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13 01, 2014

Adult beginners are welcome!

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relaxed pianoI teach piano to beginners of all ages and adults bring a great deal of enthusiasm to the lessons, and perhaps a few fears. I do my best to create a positive environment and encourage a diverse selection of your preferred music.

Some of my adult students studied piano as a child; some have never taken a musical instrument at all. My oldest adult beginner was 82 years old, and soon gave yearly Christmas concerts of her favorite carols to her family.

“You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
C.S. Lewis

13 01, 2014

Winter piano schedule

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IMG_0647The Winter Quarter is ongoing and ends on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015. Winter Quarter excludes the following holidays:

MLK (January 19th) / February vacation week for kids only  (February 15th+)

To keep your current time slot, sign up to hold that slot in the schedule as soon as you know your preferences 30 days before the beginning of the next quarter. To contact me, please note my current phone number and e-mail is 617.690.9979 and sbccat@gmail.com.

6 01, 2014

Music and learning

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piano instructionRecent scientific research shows a distinct connection between music and learning. Learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step offers an integration of body and mind that only music provides, a multi-sensory process that enhances learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math.

Music study also improves spatial-temporal reasoning (see the M.I.N.D. Institute research), a neurological process needed to understand mathematics. The best way to enhance your child studies with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout his developmental years. Do it in ways that are fun and entertaining and find how to share the experience that are positive and nurturing.

“The pause is as important as the note.” Truman Fisher

25 08, 2013

Steinway & Sons, BSO host Piano Teacher Appreciation Day

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BSO plays at the Tanglewood Music CenterSteinway & Sons, along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra hosted a lovely day at the BSO’s summer home in Lenox, MA (on August 18th, 2013). Piano Teacher Appreciation Day honored Boston area piano teachers on the grounds of the Tanglewood Music Festival.

A private guided tour of the grounds highlighted the evolution of the yearly music festival, followed by a catered lunch with our fellow Boston piano instructors. The concert featured one of the greatest concert pianists of our time, Emanuel Ax, after which we had a personal ‘meet and greet’ with the gracious artist.

7 08, 2013

Watch video: Sebok speaks music

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Teachers, advanced students, and performing professionals from all over the world valued Sebok’s years of performance experience and teaching expertise just before his passing in November, 1999.

1 08, 2013

Piano recital medley

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Please enjoy some images from past recitals, which include both children and adults!

13 07, 2013

Piano care: What not to do?

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care of the piano falling down stairs

First, find a qualified piano technician and consult with them for any mechanical issues. Please ask me if you need a referral. I have several names that I could suggest.

Below are four key issues to consider. Avoid swings in temperature; keep piano away from windows; tune your piano twice a year; and evaluate the optimal location of the piano for student practice.

11 07, 2013

Pianist: Béla Böszörményi–Nagy

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IMG_1056Hungarian-born Béla Böszörményi–Nagy combined distinguished careers in both teaching and performing since his arrival in America. Born in 1912 in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary, one of his first teachers was István Thoman. At the Liszt Academy in Hungary, he studied piano with Imre Keeri­–Szanto and Ernö Dohnanyi, composition with Zoltan Kodaly, and chamber music with Leo Weiner. I had the privilege to study as a private piano student with this memorable instructor.

11 05, 2013

Set up a practice schedule

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IMG_1098How can parents avoid a “slave-driving” approach and yet be sure that the student gets to the piano every day? The parent who helps his/her child set up a regular daily time for practice will do much less nagging about it than the one who lets the child go to the piano whenever he/she chooses or whenever there isn’t something else more interesting or important to do. The parent may still need to remind the child that it’s “four o’clock and time for practice,” but it will become less and less of an ordeal as the habit becomes a reality.

   Whenever I have to choose between two evils, I always like the one I haven’t tried before.  –Mae West

Read how to also schedule a specific time for practice; focus first on problem spots and slow down the practice tempo; and speak or sing along with the music to help with timing.

10 05, 2013

New pianos for beginners?

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abstractI recently read that as the founder of the Talent Education Movement, Suzuki did believe that a parent should always buy the best instrument that he can possibly afford, with the belief that a quality instrument impacts a student’s enjoyment of his musical study.

At his piano lesson, the student is taught to listen carefully to his music and play with a beautiful sound. This is much of what makes it a rewarding and highly valued life experience. If he goes home, and the instrument makes it difficult to achieve these goals, he can become frustrated and discouraged in his practice, and at future lessons.