Winter piano study

Playing piano can be a nice way to keep warm inside during these long winter months while expanding your musical skills. We often have two to three recitals per year and I encourage everyone to participate. To learn more about your options, take a look at the Piano lessons menu.

I have a limited number of slots available. Contact me to learn more. Beginners of all ages are welcome (click here to view my teaching methods)!

NOTE: Winter session begins the second week of January through the first week of April.

Music as a full-body experience

In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, music is a full-body experience. It helps the student to physically experience the rhythms and movements of music so they are not just intellectually understood. Eurhythmics uses the body as an interpreter for musical rhythm.

Dalcroze contends that “a child’s body possesses instinctively the essential element of rhythm, which is a sense of time.” The beats of the heart convey a clear sense of time, breathing offers a division of time, and thus measure, and walking a model of measure and division of time into equal parts. Thus, walking is a natural beginning to the child’s initiation into rhythm.

Music and motion“Muscles were made for movement, and rhythm is movement. It is impossible to conceive a rhythm without thinking of a body in motion.” Emile Jacques-Dalcroze

Click here to learn more about Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Pianist: Béla Böszörményi–Nagy

keyboards and pianosI had the privilege to study as with Hungarian-born pianist who 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.

–Text supplied by Linda Jiorle-Nagy

A winner of the coveted Liszt Prize for three consecutive years, his first teaching assignment was at the Liszt Academy. After 9 successful years there, Dr. Nagy accepted a position at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada. Other appointments followed, including Artist in Residence and Professor of Piano at Indiana University, Boston University, North Carolina School for the Arts, and The Catholic University of America.

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Music and learning

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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.

Adults and piano lessons

Post recital social.

My adults bring a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to their lessons. I do my best to create a positive environment and encourage a diverse selection of your favorite music and encourage some classical piano pieces as optimal learning tools. I suggest scheduling 15 minutes of practice, five days a week for my beginners for the first few months, once or twice a day.

Some adults are complete beginners and have always wanted to study; others know a bit about the piano from childhood lessons. My oldest adult beginner to date was 82 years old (studied through age 89), gave Christmas concerts to her family, and bought a beautiful grand piano for her living room.

My adult musicians value taking lessons later in life and see piano as a satisfying creative outlet. They feel a strong sense of accomplishment and many perform in our recitals.

Piano music uplifts the spirit

First recital joy

“Music study is a child’s most important extra-curricular activity because it will help him in many areas of life. Piano training builds physical skills, develops mental focus, and uplifts the spirit at the same time; and no other activity integrates all three aspects of humanness.”

“There is nothing better than playing music to build wholesome, healthy human beings.”
Marvin Blickenstaff

Practice makes perfect

practice can be funFinding a consistent daily practice time leads to a greater potential for success. All humans relate to routine, and practice can become just like doing homework, brushing your teeth, bedtime, and eating properly. What other things are in your daily routine that are nonnegotiable? Handle piano practice in the same way.

Also, set a specific goal for each practice session. Rather than just “putting in time,” you can help by making a “do-list” for each practice session. Perhaps make at least one session a week a performing session for any available listener(s). This may motivate students to work harder during the regular practice sessions.

For more tips about practicing with ease, go to Practice tips.

Practice your way to success

Find a consistent practice time. All humans relate to routine, and practice can become just like doing homework, brushing your teeth, bedtime, and eating properly. What other things are in your daily routine that are nonnegotiable? Handle piano practice in the same way.

Also, set a specific goal for each practice session. Rather than just “putting in time,” you can help by making a “do-list” for each practice session. Perhaps make at least one session a week a performing session for any available listener(s). This may motivate students to work harder during the regular practice sessions.

For more tips about practicing with ease, go to Practice tips.

SBC Piano Studio business reputation

sbc bizSBC Piano Studio has been in business for three decades, but my Web stats verify me as a legitimate and reliable organization, including: Google, AVG, Site Advisor.

Please take a look at what current students say about my instruction and contact me with any questions.

My study includes private lessons with Hungarian pianist Bela Nagy and a B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University. Attending workshops in Suzuki method, classes in Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Juilliard, and master classes with internationally renowned pianists, such as Gyorgy Sebok and Bela Nagy (where I performed) further developed my teaching skills.

New pianos for beginners?

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.
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