Fischer Studio of Music had our second Fall Performance Party (see the first here)! This year's theme was "Around the World." It was a smashing success. Some of the songs included "Sakura," "Planxty George Brabazon," and "San Antonio Rose."
We had some great help as well, which absolutely contributed to the day's success! We performed at a nursing home. It's a great venue because it's low-stress (the audience is appreciative!), and we get to give to the community.
Thank you to all who helped, supported, and performed!
You can see past performances here.
How many performances/recitals per year does your studio give? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. Do you recognize the shirt on the bottom right corner of the bottom picture? Learn how to DIY your own here.
Welcome to Music Monday, where I share a little music with you. My plan is to post a link to some of my music or someone else's on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. It could be any type of music from art (classical) to up-and-coming musicians and colleagues, to mainstream pop. After all, it is part of music appreciation and musical growth! Enjoy!
This week, it's Camille Saint-Saëns's "Danse Macabre," a fitting piece for Halloween time! Listen for the harp at the beginning.
Below is a performance by Northern Illinois University School of Music's Philharmonic Orchestra.
MusOpen offers a some free downloads of this piece: the orchestral version recorded by the University of Chicago Orchestra, an accordion solo with accordion orchestra (So cool, right?! Give it a listen!) recorded by Paul de Bra, and the sheet music. There's a little but of interesting info on the piece and composer if you follow the link above as well. There are also some versions available through the Petrucci Music Library.
What are you listening to?
P.S. Check out the Music Monday archives here.
In “At the Movies” I link to TV shows and/or movies that have music in them…often harps (of course!). These might (or might not) be resources you’d like to add to your lending library or assign for students to find as some fun, away-from-the-instrument homework!
Today's installment features another episode of The Addams Family (see the last one here). In "Crisis in the Addams Family," there's a harp standing in the room.
What have you been enjoying on the tube lately? Let me know in the comments! Also, did you see this week's bonus post?
P.S. See past “At the Movies” posts here.
Surprise! A bonus post this week. :)
Here he is before. I was given two Crystal Head Vodka bottles (empty). Looks pretty cool, huh? Well, I decided to give one a little musical makeover to post on the blog. You could of course do this with other similar bottles, but this is what I had.
I used a Sizzix Sidekick, Provo Craft music note die, and some contact paper to make the stencils. You could also use a punch, stencil, or draw and/or cut out the shape freehand. You could probably use packing tape or duct tape for the stencil material as well. Another option would be the outer sticky part of a sticker sheet. Get creative and use what you have!
Remove the cutout and cut the stencil (if necessary). Save your notes for another project, or even to use as stickers for your students. Repeat this for as many notes as you want on your skull.
For most (maybe all?) of them, I cut at the top of the note stem so that it would fit the bottle's curves better. I cut a few other places for the stencil that was at the top.
Once your stencils are where you want them, start painting on the gold. Do this in a well-ventilated area and make sure the stencils are stuck down before you paint each one. You'll probably want to use an old brush for this as well.
Once it dries, peel off the stencils and enjoy, like this sweet photo-bomber.
I'd love to see your spin on this project on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments!
Do your students get excited about Halloween approaching? Have any of your students come to lessons in costume?
Below are 5 ideas for incorporating the season into your lessons. Whether or not you observe/celebrate the holiday, you might still find some ideas you can tweak for your studio!
I'm planning a Thanksgiving roundup next month, so check back to see if I've done it. :)
Welcome to Music Monday, where I share a little music with you. My plan is to post a link to some of my music or someone else's on the first and third Mondays of the month. It could be any type of music from art (classical) to up-and-coming musicians and colleagues, to mainstream pop. After all, it is part of music appreciation and musical growth! Enjoy!
This week, it's violinist Lindsey Stirling's Phantom of the Opera arrangement. One of my student's brought in a her arrangement and I saw the harp on the cover. Turns out, I had seen it before! The harpist is Debi Johanson (if I linked to the wrong Debi Johanson, please let me know!). Watch for the harp in the video below!
What are you listening to?
P.S. See the last Music Monday here, or check out the Music Monday archives here.
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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I'd dare to say that we all have things to be thankful for. Even when life gets crummy, or I'm having a rough patch in my business and/or musical life (ahhh the angsty musician :) ), there's still plenty in my life that I should be thankful for.
With Thanksgiving around the corner in the US, it's a great time to be conscious of some things we have to be thankful for. If you're outside of the US, that's ok! We should be thankful all year round, whether there's a holiday nearby to remind us or not.
Here's a list of 10 things to be thankful for in your musical/studio life. I'm purposely leaving these vague....what do the words on this list mean to you?
There's a lot more to be thankful for as well! What are some things you're thankful for (business or otherwise)? Tell me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments.
P.S. You can see a roundup of Thanksgiving music activities here.
Happy October! Try this (fairly simple) Harp-O-Lantern to get your studio in the fall spirit! I thought I started thinking about how to make a Harp-O-Lantern since I saw this contest on A Beautiful Mess...but I thought it was last year, So, I'm not sure, but here it is!
Old Harp Strings
Candle (battery operated would probably be the safest choice)
First, cut the top off your pumpkin.
Clean the seeds and strings out the best you can.
You can fry or bake the seeds later....and compost the strings. :)
You can freehand a harp shape or print this template (and resize if necessary to an appropriate size for your pumpkin). Trace the shape onto the pumpkin.
The tracing doesn't have to be perfect.
Cut out around your drawing, making sure to remove any marker/pencil.
This part might be optional, depending on how soft your pumpkin is and how firm your strings are. Poke a toothpick into the pumpkin, making holes where you want your strings. Make sure to put corresponding holes in the "soundboard" area and the "neck" area.
Trim your strings to length (make sure to leave extra to anchor them into the pumpkin), and poke them into the holes you make.
Continue "stringing" your harp until you've reached the desired number of strings. I only had room for five.
Put your candle in it and enjoy! I used a real candle, but only had it lit for a very short amount of time at a time. Be careful!
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