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Quality Music Lessons: Teaching students one note at a time

This Sunday, May 26th

Upcoming performance that you don’t want to miss!

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Dear Friends, 

I wanted to let you know that I will be playing a concert this Sunday, May 26 at 7:00 pm at the Crowell Chapel in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Crowell Chapel is a beautifully restored building located on Rosedale Avenue near the high school. There is a beautiful Steinway piano on the stage. Parking is available on the street and in the high school parking lot.
The program includes music by Chopin, Poulenc’s Sonata with Steve Bates on clarinet, and songs by Honegger and John Duke performed with soprano Rachel Joselson. The three of us will begin and end the evening with music by Schubert and Spohr. All of us have doctoral degrees and will speak informally about the pieces and composers. It should be a very enjoyable evening. Rachel is a professor of voice at the University of Iowa in town to give master classes in Boston. Steve is a retired clarinetist with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra living in Manchester. 
The tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children. All of the music is fairly short and there is a lot of variety, so kids will enjoy it too. Let me know if you would like me to put aside a ticket for you in your name.
Hope to see some of you there!
Bonnie Anderson (Rising), pianist/coach
DMA, Boston University
Piano Faculty, Phillips Academy Andover
Artistic Director, Heritage Piano Series, PCA
Studio, Manchester, MA
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Practice makes Progress

We know that committing to regular practice can be difficult amidst busy schedules–especially now that the days are a bit longer, and the weather is sunnier. Yet practice is just as important as ever! 

The best way to encourage practice–for anything, not just a musical instrument–is consistency. Set aside a time each day when you (or your child) can commit regularly to concentrating on their practice. This could be right after dinner, upon returning home, or even before leaving for work/school in the morning. People of all ages may also benefit from charts–it helps to see how hard you’ve been working over the weeks and months. And of course, the greatest benefit, though it may not be immediately noticeable–is your improvement over time. Persevere with your practice, and you’re sure to notice results! Most importantly, remember to PLAY. 

The following websites offer some additional tips for practice:

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